Since Friday, October 8, the local authorities of the capital have closed certain roads leading to the Hassan II bridge, which connects the capital Rabat and the city of Salé, for the construction of a new underground tunnel. That said, the works which aim to lighten traffic between Rabat and Salé, have caused traffic jams going as far as the Boulevard d’Algérie in the Hassan district or even as far as Bab Rwah.
” As part of the implementation of the structuring projects making up the Rabat City Light program, a hopper will be built at the level of the roundabout located at the junction between avenues Hassan II and Al Alaouiyine, which will lead to the cut-off of certain roads leading to the Hassan II bridge from Friday 08 October at 19:00 ″, announced on October 7, the municipality of Rabat in a press release.
Monday morning, motorists R’batis and Slaouis, who use the Hassan II bridge connecting the two cities every day, woke up with a ball in their stomachs, like their neighbors from Casablanca who live this daily. How to avoid the traffic jam caused by the work on the Hassan II bridge, to access their children’s schools and get back to work on time? This was the question raised by motorists in the twin cities on social networks.
An obstacle course, tell us several motorists stranded Monday for hours in traffic jams that go from Bd Al Alaouiyine to Bd d’Algérie. They believe that this could have been avoided if the work had been started during the summer when the children were still on vacation.
In any case, motorists in the capital will have to “endure” the traffic jams caused by the works for two months (or more!), For the needs of the works, underlines the municipality of Rabat which called on the users of the roads concerned to follow. traffic signs and take the bypass lanes to relieve traffic.
Thus, the construction works of the hopper started on Saturday, October 9 in the morning at the level of two axes. This is the intersection of Bd Hassan II and BD Al Alaouiyine. The road leading to the Corniche de Rabat and the two lines leading to Place Bab Chellah have been completely closed. Other lines, on the other hand, leading to the Hassan II bridge, remained open to traffic.
As for the Tramway traffic, the information obtained by MoroccoLatestNews from the engineers supervising the construction of the underground passage indicates that during the first phase of the work, the tram leaving from the city of Salé will stop at the Hassan II bridge station. Passengers will therefore have to get off the Tramway and reach the November 16 station to continue their journey towards Quartier Al Irfane or Moulay Youssef.
While waiting for the finalization of these projects, and since the onset of traffic jams on Monday, the local authorities, in particular the traffic police, have done a tremendous job. Despite the pressure, they tried by all means to be on all fronts and to make traffic more fluid.