‘Ministry waiting for approvals to execute 4th Ring Road development’
Consultation agreement to include conducting traffic studies: Eng Al-Hassan
By Mohammad Ghanem
KUWAIT CITY, June 19: Assistant Undersecretary of Road Engineering Sector at Ministry of Public Works Eng Ahmad Al-Hassan indicated about a consultation agreement for design, construction, maintenance and development of Fourth Ring Road.
He said the ministry is waiting for the approvals of Ministry of Finance and State Audit Bureau on the contract with the international consultant in order to start the execution of the project.
Eng Al-Hassan revealed that the agreement will include conducting traffic studies to examine the current traffic situation and estimate future traffic flow for facilitating the preparations of the expected design of the road.
He stressed the keenness of the sector to develop and upgrade the Fourth Ring Road because of the high density of traffic flow on that road round the clock as well as the obstacles seen to the smooth traffic flow due to its locality among private residential areas and public institutions.
Eng Al-Hassan explained that road engineering projects are the kind for which the final design cannot be anticipated without conducting various modern traffic studies.
These studies will be carried out by the international consultant that win the tender.
He said, “As of now, we cannot determine the form of the Fourth Ring Road — whether it will be in the form of a bridge or a normal road starting from Salmiya Fire Station and reaching United Nations Roundabout or if it will take other designs.
This will be known only after the completion of the designs for improving the road”.
Eng Al-Hassan revealed that the international consultant, within a period of three months of signing the contract, will set up a temporary solution for the ongoing traffic crisis on the said road through a comprehensive study that can be applied practically with the cooperation of other governmental agencies until the activities of the project, which is included in the five-year ministerial plan up to 2020, are finished.