The Director of Roads Projects and Maintenance Department at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Eng. Sayed Bader Alawi, said that the ministry has opened part of the on-going Saar Avenue improvement with a total length of 1,250 km, pointing out that this part includes installing two new traffic signals at the intersections with Road 2941 and Road 1523 in Saar of Northern Governorate.
Alawi said that the percentage of completion in the project reached 64%, as asphalt layers are being laid and rainwater sewage network works are carried out to open safe roads for road users.
He pointed out that the work of the project includes the expansion of the street with a length of 14 km long and the establishment of nearly 400 parking lots along the street, especially near the Saar Mosque, establishing 4 commercial streets that will serve shops and facilitate the entry of residents to their homes with ease, and will establish a pedestrians walk paths along the street in both directions.
The project also includes the establishment of a new sewage network, new lighting network and cabling connection of Electricity and Water, telecommunications networks in coordination with the Roads Lighting Section and the relevant sections of the Electricity and Water Authority, as well as the establishment of public transport stations in coordination with the Ministry of Transportation & Telecommunication.
It is worth noting that the project overlooks many residential complexes and commercial establishments, in addition to the high traffic volume and pedestrians, in addition to users of bicycles and many entrances to residential areas on both sides of the street which required increasing the carrying capacity of the street to almost the double.
Saar Street can accommodate about 4000 vehicles per hour, and it is planned - after the completion of development - that the waiting time for vehicles will be reduced by 60%. Knowing that the current average traffic volume on the street is 30 thousand vehicles per day in both directions, while in the morning and afternoon rush hours the traffic density is approximately 2000 vehicles per hour for each direction.
This project is expected to increase the capacity of the street after the development to 58 thousand vehicles per day with a total cost of 2,850,975 dinars, where Jalal Al Aali & Sons was selected by the Tender Board to implement the project.