Eng. Issam Khalaf, Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, affirmed that the existing cooperation and continuous coordination between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Works is through community and cooperative partnership and its permanent membership in the Traffic Council headed by Lieutenant General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior.
In his interview with the magazine "Security" issued by the General Administration of Media and Security Culture, he added that many issues are discussed in the Traffic Council meetings and solutions related to traffic issues are studied, in order to lay down plans and define interim and future goals. To meet the requirements that contribute to overcoming traffic jams in the Kingdom's roads.
He pointed to the construction work on Saar Interchange, whose bridges will be completed by the end of this year, which will provide two additional lanes for each direction of traffic coming from Manama in the north towards Isa Town and Mina Salman in the east, thus increasing the capacity of them to double what it is now.
This coincides with the expansion of Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Street in the part between the Saar intersection and Budaiya Street to 5 lanes in each direction, making it the first expansion at the level of the road network.
He stressed that the Ministry of Interior, represented by the General Traffic Department, is a primary partner of the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning in a number of fields, and they are in constant cooperation and coordination, citing the example of the discussions that took place in the Traffic Council on the application of the use of smart transportation means through the changing message boards that control In a live and direct way in road traffic, to reduce traffic congestion and facilitate the smooth flow of vehicle movement, thus reducing accidents and increasing traffic safety.
He explained that the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning is a permanent member of the Traffic Council, which includes in its membership a number of ministries headed by the Minister of Interior, as through the meetings held in the Council, many issues are discussed and solutions related to traffic issues are studied, and interim and future plans and goals are developed to meet the traffic requirements.
For example, discussions were held in coordination with the Traffic Council on the application of the use of smart transportation means through changing message boards that directly and directly control the movement of roads, which helps reduce traffic congestion and ease of movement of vehicles, thus reducing the percentage of accidents and increasing traffic safety rates for users. The roads. Four electronic panels were installed during the year 2019, and there is a plan to install other panels for the remainder of this year 2020.
He mentioned that the Ministry is presenting traffic studies related to traffic regulation in residential areas and around schools to the General Directorate of Traffic. To inform her traffic opinion about the study outcomes.
In addition, daily joint visits and tours are conducted between the engineers of the Ministry's road sector and the officers of the General Traffic Department. To find out the problems of traffic congestion and to develop possible immediate solutions, or to conduct extensive traffic studies to develop long-term solutions.