KUWAIT, May 4 — The government is currently executing important road projects to ease traffic congestion and enhance traffic safety across the nation with a total value of KD 1.5 billion (or USD 4.96 billion), Minister of Public Works Ahmad Al-Jassar unveiled Sunday.

In a press statement following the inauguration of the Ministry’s roads engineering department exhibition, Al-Jassar stated that several other mega projects to upgrade the efficiency of Kuwait’s road network will be carried out in the coming period.

These projects would be a quantum leap in the roads network in Kuwait, the Minister expected. Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary of the Roads Department at the Ministry of Public Works Eng. Ahmad Al-Hassan hailed the good pace of the roads projects execution.

Nearly KD 240 million (roughly USD 794.3 million), about 97 percent of the allocations of the roads sector, were spent in the fiscal year 2014/15, up 14 percent vis-a-vis that of the previous two years, he said.

Al-Hassan revealed that over KD 354 million (some USD 1.17 billion) were initially appropriated for the roads sector in FY 2015/16, up nearly 50 percent compared with that of the previous year.
He noted that the Ministry embarks on an ambitious plan to develop the roads networks by 2021.

Moreover, the Ministry has a scheduled plan of action for the future that includes putting up for bidders 40 tenders for main roads, either for building new ones or the development of existing ones, he said.

Al-Hassan said that the Ministry has reached an agreement with contracting companies on the phased-out handover of the completed parts of projects to boost smoothness of traffic movement across the country.