Total accomplishment rate of work on Prince Hussein Ibn Abdullah II intersection on the Airport Road and Al Shmeisani Intersection amounts to 70%, both implemented by Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) with a total cost of about JOD 40 million.
City Deputy Manager for Public Works, Eng. Fawzi Mas’ad declared that works will start next month so that the Airport Road returns to its previous track and reopen it for traffic, once the project tunnels are completed.
Regarding the project of Prince Hussein Ibn Abdullah II intersection, Mas’ad said that the bridge works are ongoing, and it is expected to be finalized by the end of this year, upon building the 4 levels of the project: the upper bridge, upper and lower tunnels, and the Airport Road.
GAM previously finalized the construction works of the two way upper tunnel which has two lanes connecting Marj Al Hamam region with Arafat Street/ Abdoun, and the one way lower lane with two lanes extending from Arafat Street to the Airport.
According to Mas’ad, GAM is currently working on the construction of the two bridges (upper and lower) of Al Shmeisani intersection project.
The first bridge on Suleiman Al Nabulsi Street has two lanes per each way with a length of 300 m, while the second extends from the 4th Circle to Jamal Abdul Nasser Junction (Ministry of Interior), through Queen Nour Street with 420 m length and two lanes for each direction; it branches off in two bridges, one is 200m long and leads to Abdali development project, the other, is also 200 m long, parallel to the main bridge (leading to Ministry of Interior junction) and ends at Jerusalem College entrance.
Engineer Mas’ad expected to have the project completed at the beginning of the coming year, as it has passed through some “legal extensions” (renewals) resulting from amendments and the delay of execution during winter, in addition to some obstacles that hindered the progress of the works recently.
The two intersection projects fall within GAM’s approach to handle the traffic jams in the Capital streets, as well as improving environment, controlling contamination - gas emissions from the cars-, achieving economical development, and increasing the green spaces.
It is worth noting that the project is the biggest of its kind, and has four levels, a tunnel, circle, and two bridges (one above the other); it will eventually contribute to solving the traffic jams in the area, and will contain the traffic congestions resulting from the architectural developments witnessed in Al Abdali area.
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