Presenting, Doha’s most congested roads; Traffic woes set to worsen from this week
With schools in Qatar reopening this week, after a long summer break (up to 70 days for some), be ready to spend some extra time on the road.
Traffic is going to be feral, with the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road (88,000 new vehicle registrations and 108,000 new licenses issued in 2012 alone) placing an unbearable burden on Doha roads; and not to mention the major diversions and works underway on these roads.
We spoke to regular commuters including several taxi drivers to come up with a list of areas that are most susceptible to traffic jams in the mornings, especially between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- If you are driving from South to North towards West Bay: The stretch of road along the corniche, up to the Sheraton Roundabout. Now that all roundabouts are being converted to intersections, construction work has been holding up traffic for weeks.
- If you are driving East to West: The stretch of road between TV Roundabout to Markiya Roundabout (also called Burger King Roundabout).
- The Sports Roundabout, especially the roads around the Hamad Medical City.
- The Msheireb area is undergoing massive construction work. The area where the National showroom once stood is best avoided.
- C-Ring Road: The stretch of road between Gulf Cinema signal and the Toyota signal.
- Khaleeji street from the Jaidah Flyover roundabout.
- The road between Crazy Signal and Doha Jadeed.
- The Al Shamal Highway from Mall roundabout on D-Ring Road.
- Abu Hamour Signal near the Medical Commission building. This area houses several schools, and is also en route to the Industrial area.
- Sanaya Road, also called the Industrial Area Road.
That definitely, seems like most parts of the city.
Below are a few suggestions to help you manage the morning traffic blues:
- Obviously, leave home earlier than usual to reach your destination on time. Pack your breakfast to have on-the-go, you will be stationary for long periods of time on the road.
- If you have flexible working hours, plan to begin your day a little after 9 a.m. when the traffic has cleared. You don’t want to be caught in the school hour rush.
- Opt for carpooling. You not only help in reducing the number of vehicles on road, you are also being environment-friendly. There’s a carpooling community called WeRoll that is setting up in Doha. Visit their website to register. Or put up notices in schools, clubs and office towers to find carpool buddies.
- Keep a tab on traffic updates through MoI’s twitter feed. They are generally prompt in informing about any traffic jams or diversions.
- Invest in good audio books and make a playlist of your favourite music. If you can’t beat the madness, make the most of it.
How do you plan to beat the morning rush?