Major projects underway to develop road infrastructure

Ten projects are being carried out across Bahrain to develop road networks and enhance smooth flow of traffic.

Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf said the infrastructure schemes cost an overall BD3.9 million.

He stressed the importance of enhancing the road network to keep pace with the urban, investment and demographic growth in Bahrain.

Citing updated statistics, he said the number of vehicles registered with the General Directorate of Traffic hit 736,840 as of last month, adding that the number would increase by the end of this year.

The General Directorate of Traffic said that the total number of registered vehicles reached 733,520 last year.

“Daily congestions at certain junctions across Bahrain are the result of the growing number of vehicles,” said the minister, stressing the need to expand the road network as one of the solutions to ease traffic jams.

He pointed out that government efforts ease traffic ordeals, by upgrading the road network, optimising the use of land, opening shopping malls in different areas and setting up branches of government establishments outside the capital.

The Tender Board has readied bids for six road infrastructure projects which will be awarded soon for work to start as planned.

The ministry has already completed the first and second phases which included 29 of infrastructure projects aimed to ease tailbacks.




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