Traffic piles up in Wakrah after opening of G-Ring Road

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Updated with comment from Ashghal

A lack of signage on Qatar’s new G-Ring Road and the sudden closure of the Barwa Village traffic signal is making it harder for Wakrah/Wukair residents to get home this week.

Since yesterday, residents have been venting their frustration about traffic jams in the area on a new Twitter hashtag called طريق_الوكرة_أزمة_ربو# (roughly, Al Wakrah Asthma Crisis).

(Translation: A man representing Ashghal pushes a roadblock onto Al Wakrah Road.)

Meanwhile, on Facebook, one commenter complained about a lack of signage while he was heading to Al Wakrah on G-Ring Road.

He ended up missing the exit. Because several other exits are not yet open, he ended up having to drive to the East Industrial Area before heading back, resulting in an hourlong detour.

Metro construction

Complicating matters is a new diversion that took effect on Al Wakrah’s Main St. this week due to Doha Metro works.

Qatar Rail

New diversion

The detour funnels traffic to smaller side streets parallel to the main road.

It is in place until June 2018, while Qatar Rail works on building a pedestrian underpass.

However, on Monday Ashghal tweeted that this diversion will be postponed for now, and all lanes have been reopened on Wakrah Road.

It added that new roads would open in the coming months to improve traffic on G-Ring for Wakrah motorists.

Ashghal

Upcoming Wakrah/Wukair links

This includes:

  • The May opening of a bridge from Najma St. behind Barwa Village, which will connect RasBuFentas St. coming from Abdulla Abdulghani roundabout;
  • The June opening of the Al Wakra bypass, which will connect traffic coming from Mesaieed Road with G-Ring and F-Ring roads; and
  • The July launch of the Al Wukair bypass, which will provide a direct connection between Mesaieed Road and G-Ring Road.

Have you been affected by the congestion? Thoughts?

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