The Minister of Works Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf toured Awal Avenue Revamp project in Juffair.
The Minister was accompanied in his field inspection tour by Roads Projects & Maintenance Director Raed Al Salah, a number of engineers from the Ministry and the project's consultant and contractor.
The Minister stated that the Ministry has commenced on the implementation of a number of projects as part of their plans to revamp the roads network in Juffair, which is one of the vital areas in Bahrain witnessing a great urban growth.
‘The Ministry has commenced the expansion and revamp of Awal Avenue to increase its capacity to 3 lanes on each direction at a length of 3.5km,’ said the Minister.
‘Works comprise of providing side lanes along the avenue, improving intersections in accordance to the expansion works, constructing pavements on both sides of the avenue and carrying out re-paving works, dredging and sewerage works, protecting services, installing safety barriers and traffic signs and instructions, in addition to other related works,’ he added.
The BD759,337 project was awarded to Nass Asphalt.
According to the Minister, the expansion of Awal Avenue will accommodate the increasing traffic in the area, which presently causes extreme traffic congestion. The Ministry previously completed the expansion of the side lane along Awal Avenue in Juffair at a length of 243.6km; in connection with Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalid Al Khalifa Avenue.
Also, the Minister inspected work progress in Juffair Ring Road Project (phase 1), where he received a detailed explanation on the project from the project manager Eng. Sayyed Badir Alawi.
Phase 1 of the project comprises of implementing a dual road with 2 lanes on each direction; extending from the interchange of Al-Fateh Highway and Sheikh Duaij Avenue on the West to Al Najma Club on the East at a total length of 4.5km, providing multiple entrances to the new Juffair Area and implementing lanes for emergency parking.
Phase 1 also includes opening an intersection on the southern side to connect it to Juffair, implementing a cement central reservation, dredging and reclamation works, constructing brick pavements along the intersections, implementing a storm water drainage network and ground channels, paving works, implementing speed humps, lighting and signage works.
The BD2,057,000 project was awarded to Haji Hassam Group. Work commenced in August 23, 2014 and will take 40 weeks to complete. The Ministry, represented by the Roads Projects & Maintenance Directorate, is supervising and managing the project.