Wednesday, 02 January 2008
By Adel Al-Malki
JEDDAH - The municipality here launched a SR470 million project to build nine new bridges and a tunnel in the city.
"The project aims to ease traffic jams by giving motorists alternatives which in turn will decongest the streets," said Ahmad Ba-Nafe'e , projects supervisor of Jeddah Municipality.
He said the new bridges will be built on the following intersections: Prince Majed Street - Grenada Street, Al-Tahlia Street-Umm-Al-Qura Street, Makkah Road-Al-Eskan Street, Sari Street-Prince Sultan Street, Al Makkarouna Street - Hera Street, Al-Tahlia Street - Prince Met'eb Street, King Fahd Street - Quraish Street, and Prince Majeed Street - Palestine Street.
A tunnel will be built at the King Abdullah Road - King Abdulaziz Road intersection. Ba-Nafe'e said work on the project will begin next month to be done in two years.
On December, the municipality suspended a near-finished project of multiple flyovers to ease traffic congestion at the busy intersection of King Fahd Street and Palestine Road due to a technical defect that necessitated a change in design.