By Adel Al-Malki
JEDDAH - Motorists using Prince Majed Street here be warned: there's a traffic diversion at the old Plane roundabout with second phase work underway to transform the street into a freeway.
"The second phase work in the north of the Plane roundabout and Sari Street, is to connect Al-Rawdah Street with Al-Madinah Road," said Ahmad Ba-Nafe'e, general projects supervisor of Jeddah Municipality, on Sunday.
The third phase that will start later this month will see work starting on the south of the Plane roundabout, to link Prince Majed Street with Al-Tahlia Street.
First phase work to a built bridge connecting Hera'a street with Prince Majed Street, meanwhile continues.
All in all, the street will be problematic for motorists for months to come. "The area of the Plane roundabout will close completely in the fourth phase and traffic will be diverted to the south and north side of Prince Majed Street," Ba-Nafe'e said.
The municipality is implementing 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 Ba-Nafe'e. 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 Majed Street- Palestine Street.
A tunnel will be built at the King Abdullah Road- King Abdulaziz Road intersection. Ba-Nafe'e said work on the projects begin next month. The projects will take two years to complete.