Ashghal implements new road safety monitoring system for school zone safety

By QLNews

Ashghal has been working extra hard to upgrade the country’s road and other related infrastructure.

Every morning, if you pass through the country, the highest rate of traffic congestion can be seen outside various schools. 

These are places where there is a high potential for accidents. To combat this situation, Ashghal has come up with a road safety monitoring system, which includes key performance indicators for road networks based on a star rating system through iRAP, reported Gulf Times.

This has been done in addition to analysing incident and road asset information, putting guidelines for temporary traffic management and road safety assessment, and developing maintenance standards in Qatar, said.

“Ashghal is implementing a school zone safety programme to ensure the safety of students and parents when entering and leaving the schools,” Ashghal’s Manager of Highway Projects Department Engineer Yousef Al Emadi was quoted as saying by Qatar Tribune.

The programme will cover 475 schools, of which 284 are complete. Work is currently underway at 42 locations. Work on the design of roads in 149 schools is being done now.

“Ashghal follows a five-year plan (2018-22) in implementing 25 projects related to the assessment and follow-up of road safety, including work zone safety, traffic congestion management, intelligent transportation system, road design safety, traffic safety, as well as asset management and road maintenance,” Al Emadi said.

He said the plan included an emergency team to respond urgently to maintenance requirements, study road signs, ensure pedestrian safety, and manage traffic congestion during the 2022 World Cup.

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