Posted on January 21, 2017

The traffic along the road between Barwa Village signal and Mesaieed has become a nightmare for commuters owing to a huge increase in the movement of heavy vehicles, especially trailers and container trucks, on the route.

The increase in heavy vehicle traffic has led to commuters getting caught almost daily in the traffic jams, especially between 6.30am to 8.30am and between 3.30pm to 6 30pm. While attributing the traffic congestion to the many major construction projects, daily road users feel it is high time restrictions are put in place on the movement of heavy vehicles in the southern area during peak hours.

Works worth several billion riyals are currently in different stages of execution in the southern area including largescale construction activities like the Doha Metro, Hamad Seaport, Umm Al Houl power plant, East West corridor, Orbital Highway, Manateq Economic Zone, Wakra bypass, the 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Wakra, and the Al Thumama water reservoir project. "As a result, there has been a phenomenal rise in vehicular movement along the whole stretch between Barwa signal and Mesaieed. This is besides the ongoing road works in the area," said a daily road user who spends a considerable amount of time commuting the stretch both in the morning and afternoon.

In the last five years, the population in Wakra, Wukair and its neighbourhoods have shot up considerably with the completion of more than 20,000 residential units in the area. "The movement of vehicles to and from the area to the city in the peak hours too has gone up on account of this," a motorist pointed out. Commuters feel that until the completion of the Wakra bypass there is a greater need for restricting the movement of large vehicles during peak hours.

source: Gulf Times