MPW eyes end to traffic problems - ‘New strategy sought’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 12, (KUNA): An official of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) on Wednesday revealed new plans aimed at alleviating the predominant problem of traffic congestion. He, however, re-stressed anew this major national problem could only be tackled in its roots with the implementation of a new comprehensive and well-designed strategy.

Saud Al-Naqi, the assistant undersecretary for roads engineering, said in a statement to KUNA that the new plan envisages development of the Second Ring Road, Damascus Road and the Third Ring Road, adding that the ministry “was about to sign a plan for development of the second phase of the First Ring Road.”
Dispelling concerns by some citizens that appeared during execution of the First Ring Road project, namely lack of connection between Jamal Abdul Nasser Road with Al-Jahra roundabout, the senior engineer assured the nationals that such problems would be resolved once the renovation of the Second Ring Road has been accomplished.

Elaborating, he added the ministry would, in a very short period of time, sign an agreement to examine the intersections along the First Ring Road and Riyadh-Road intersection.

In his “transparent words” to the national news agency, Al-Naqi acknowledged that plans such as building new roads or expanding others would not result in a fundamental solution to the problem, calling for a comprehensive approach to resolve it, such as tackling the problem of the public commuting system and building the underground metro network.

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