‘Min­istry wait­ing for ap­provals to ex­e­cute 4th Ring Road de­vel­op­ment’

Con­sul­ta­tion agree­ment to in­clude con­duct­ing traf­fic stud­ies: Eng Al-Has­san

Arab Times - - LOCAL/GULF -

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.

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