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Part of Najma St. to close for 45 days as C-Ring roadwork wraps up

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The busy stretch of Najma St. that links C-Ring Road with D-Ring Road will be closed for six weeks starting on Tuesday, June 9, as public works authority Ashghal comes close to finishing plans to widen roads and improve traffic flow in the area.

For Qatar motorists, the closure will likely cause some pain as traffic is diverted onto already busy adjacent streets.

But on the bright side, the reopening of Najma St. in mid-July will signify the completion of the last phase of a 14-month long project to overhaul a 6.3km stretch of C-Ring Road.

The diversion

Starting Tuesday, the road from Al Nuaija intersection at The Mall to Al Mansoura intersection near Gulf Cinema will be shut in both directions for 45 days.

During this time, the public works authority will convert the roundabout at the Woqod petrol station into an intersection with traffic lights and add an additional lane to help cut congestion in the Al Hilal district.

Part closure of Najma st
Part closure of Najma St.

The works is part of the final phase of a four-stage program to improve one of Doha’s busiest commuter roads.

The Najma St. construction is expected to be completed around Eid Al-Fitr. This puts Ashghal slightly behind schedule, as it had planned to finish C-Ring works by the end of May.

C-Ring project

Work on C-Ring first began last May, when Ashghal revamped the route between Umm Ghuwailina (VIP) Roundabout and the Jabur bin Ahmed/Radisson Blu (Ramada) Junction to increase traffic capacity by 25 percent.

The construction included:

  • Widening the road from three to four lanes;
  • Establishing pedestrian crossings at all four intersections under construction;
  • Installing three U-turn lanes with pedestrian crossings in the 6.3km stretch (not specified where);
  • Construction of permanent roads with new traffic signals and street lighting; and
  • Upgrading irrigation pipes in the area.

The first stretch of road affected ran from what was VIP Roundabout, to halfway between Toyota and Gulf Cinema signals.

The area marked as Phase 4 on the map, from Ramada junction to New Salata intersection, was the second part of road to be overhauled when work started there in mid-August last year.

The start of Phase 3 of the works to C-Ring Road
The start of Phase 3 of the works to C-Ring Road

The New Year heralded the commencement of Phase 3 works around Rawdat Al Khail (Holiday Villas) intersection, which finished on schedule in mid-March before construction on the final stretch of road (Phase 2) got underway.

Qatar’s ongoing population boom has put significant pressure on its infrastructure, particularly its roads network, as thousands of new vehicles take to the streets each month.

However, residents have said that the added capacity to this busy route has helped tackle some of the congestion.

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qatari
qatari
5 years ago

good to hear , but the streets will see less traffic in few weeks because of schools summer break. so it wont be that bad (hopefully)

Jim
Jim
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Plus there’s ramadan – everyone will stay home and sleep all day then over-eat at iftar then sleep again

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Or binge drink in case ur an expat.. For some reason expats over buy beer and liquor prior to Ramadan thinking the one month ban is a sign of end of day and then realize their fridge is to small .. So they through many BBQ and dinners were alcohol is served more alcohol with a side of alcohol… Drink black out then pass out then repeat

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

that what they call life

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Can you please stop hijacking our threads? Consider yourself warned. If you continue to bring up the expat/Qatari divide on every post (this story is about a diversion!) then you will be banned.

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

i hope your comment includes jim as well , picking one side does not solve the problem

Jim
Jim
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Wow, that escalated pretty quickly. Didn’t mean this in any bad way, it is just in some way very true (last ramadan the roads were really empty)

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Wow really so the original comment was ok but my response was not ?? Seriously … Please ban me it will give more time to put my time in something more constructive

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

The original comment about people being lazy during Ramadan and thus not on the roads? That’s at least tangentially related. I really don’t want to ban you – some of your comments are very insightful.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago

Great stuff ashgal .. Heard thumama round about will also be ripped out and the 3 lane street around it will be turned to 4

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

do you know when ???
plz let it be in this schools summer break , almost 3 months of less traffic streets would be the perfect time for any kind of streets constructions .

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