of the bridges on King Fahad Road
Fahad Road is deemed as the
axle for the road net at Riyadh city which contains the ring road , Makkah Road
, as well as King Fahad Road which stretches from the northern side to the
southern side of the Ring Road which is deemed as the main road that links the
north and south of the city. The
number of the cars crossing this road daily exceeds 500,000 vehicles while the
vehicles crossing the road by using the junction and bridge from east to west
exceed 700,000 daily. This road
contributes to far extent in facilitating the traffic between the north and
south part of the city as well as supporting the exerted efforts for
flourishing the city-center to rehabilitate the area in order to carry out its
role as political and commercial main center in the city.
this connection , the commission constructed the first phase of King fahad Road
with 5.1km length and its was estimated of SR 316,000,000.
This phase was completed and opened in 1411H.
basic requirements were observed in planning this road. The penetration of city center required
designing the road in a shape of
an open tunnel which is lowered from the ground surface to avoid
dividing the city into parts east an west in addition to protect the
residential area in the vicinity
from the noise and air pollution resulted from the swift traffic. Moreover, the balance of the traffics
going towards the city-center and transit traffics was put into account when
designing this road. Accordingly,
the road design consists of two different levels, one for vast traffics and the
other for service road with sufficient exit-inlet along the road to facilitate
movement in and out the road.
containing capacity of King Fahad Road has reached 160,000 cars ont the swift
lane daily in addition to 60,000 cars daily on the service road.
The number of cars crossing this road when it was opened reached 140,000
vehicles daily on the vast lane in addition to 15,000 cars daily on the service
road. The traffic continues to
increase until it exceeded 220,000 cars per day on the vast lanes and 40,000
cars on the service road for the time being.
middle phase of King Fahad Road which was executed by the higher commission for
Riyadh development is deemed to be great leap in the conception of road inside
the city because it represents with its different components a complete civilized system seeking to realize
environmental balance besides its
traffic performance. The contains
besides the construction of the road the following main works:
Road Forestation and Coordination of the Site
King Fahad Road
Road has been planted with trees and the site was coordinated at its length for
decoration and protecting the residential area in the vicinity from air
pollution. The site coordination works include tree-planting along the
road. Pushes and trees were
planted on the strip divide the road inside the tunnel and along apart of the
pavement extended at the ages of the Road.
prominent distinguished element of site coordination on this road m the park
planted on the covered tunnel at the junction of Imam Turki bin Abdullah street
and Imam Mohammed bin Saud over an area covered 12000sq.m. In addition, ten
small parks were spread at both sides of the road as well as green area at some
sites to form a separated margins for the road as well as protection to
parallel residential from air pollution as a result of heavy traffic.
Groundwater Drainage System Construction
digging works at the tunnel of King Fahad Road has been exploited in
constructing a system for decreasing groundwater level in the middle of
Riyadh-city. This system drains great quantities of ground and surface water
which has been discharged into the sewerage and torrent channels in order to exploit this water in
irrigation of the project plants as well as the near project such as King
Abdulaziz Historical Center. The rate of pumping the groundwater reached 90,000
cubic meter per day. But this
average is decreasing as a result of groundwater level sinking.
Transfer and Reconstruction of Public Facilities
public facility lines that serve the middle of Riyadh-city stretched along the
way under King Fahad Road. These
lines were transferred to other intermediate locations during execution of the
road until they were reconstructed according to the new lanes that has been
identified on the road. But the
lines that has been passing across the road were fixed beneath the bridges
until they were re-installed at its new site. Moreover additional passages were constructed for the
potential public facility lines.