Travellers on Shaikh Zayed Highway are set to be hit by two years of roadworks thanks to a BHD23.4 million development project.
By adding an extra lane to the road in each directions, officials from the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry are hoping to reduce congestion in Salmabad and A’ali.
Other changes planned for the road include converting four roundabouts into intersections and adding more traffic lights, as well as building more rainwater drainage.
Currently, around 26,000 vehicles travel along the road in each direction every day. Once completed, capacity will increase to 80,000 vehicles.
Works began on Tuesday, with one lane in each direction closed between Muharraq Avenue and Al Esteqlal Highway. They will remain closed for a year.
“The expansion of Shaikh Zayed Highway is one of the most important strategic projects on Bahrain’s main road network,” Minister Essam Khalaf said of the works.
“The project will coincide with the start of the new school year, so motorists are urged to use other routes to the Educational Area to avoid traffic congestion at peak times.”
The works, which also aim to stop traffic jams in front of the Bahrain National Station, are being paid for by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
To avoid the works, motorists have been advised to use entrances to the educational area from Shaikh Salman Highway, Al Esteql