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BRT works 53 per cent complete at Sports City Circle — Amman mayor

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas - Sep 09,2019 - Last updated at Sep 09,2019

Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh is seen on Sunday during a tour with Greater Amman Municipality council members (Photo courtesy of GAM)

AMMAN — The construction works at Sports City Circle for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project are 53 per cent complete and are expected to be finished in mid-2020, Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh said on Saturday.

During a tour with Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) council members, Shawarbeh said the project will improve public transport and reduce traffic in many vital areas in the capital, a municipality statement said.

The tour covered the BRT main station in Sweileh, Queen Rania Street, Sports City Circle and Tareq intersection in Tabarbour, in addition to the Mahatta Bridge, Nawafeer Yard and the extension in Omar Matar Street crossing Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street.

The mayor said that the infrastructure works for the projects will allow retrieving 25 kilometres of sidewalks on the project's sides, and also building transport stations with modern architectural structures.

In the presence of Amman Deputy Mayor Mekhled Al Manaseer and City Director Ahmad Malkawi, Shawarbeh said that after completing Queen Rania Street and installing necessary sidewalks that serve people with disabilities, the cadres will head to Wasfi Tal Street and then Queen Alia Street.

Shawarbeh said the main station in Sweileh will be the set-off point towards Queen Rania Street, then Sports City Circle where the route branches.

The first route goes towards Al Shaheed Street through Mashaghel Tunnel and then to Tareq intersection in Tabarbour, towards Prince Hamzah Street, which is connected to Istiqlal Street that goes to Al Mahatta Bridge.

The second route goes from the circle to Sharif Bin Nasser Street, Kindi Street and then the Fifth Circle, reaching Mohammad Ali Janah Street, which is connected to Princess Basma Street, finally reaching Al Nawafeer Yard.

The tour included GAM council members discussing with project managers the completion rates and the work process.

It also covered rehabilitation work for the University of Jordan's main gate area, where sidewalks and agriculture basins are being set up, lighting is being installed and final architectural touches are being made on the tunnel across from the gate.

The tour also saw the attendance of MPs, involved directors and representative of companies implementing the project.

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