Central Doha’s last major roundabout has finally bitten the dust, much to the delight of many residents. Bulldozers could be seen demolishing Sports Roundabout in Al Sadd yesterday.
Sports R/A has long been one of the busiest junctions in Doha because it links Al Rayyan Road with Mohammed bin Thani St. and Jawaan St. next to the Hamad General Hospital complex. As Qatar’s population rapidly expanded, Sports and other roundabouts of old struggled to cope with the increasingly heavy traffic, leading to long queues and accidents aplenty.
As a result, Ashghal has undertaken a program of replacing the main roundabouts in town with signal-controlled intersections. Photos from yesterday morning showed that what remained of the roundabout was only a tangle of mangled reinforcing bars.