New plans in development
Drivers in Basra’s Al-Zubair district call for fix to dangerous roadway
AL-ZUBAIR — The southern route into Basra’s Al-Zubair district has earned a reputation for being the area’s most dangerous road with chronic traffic jams, car accidents, and poor visibility.
Abbas Maher, Al-Zubair’s qaymakam (local district commissioner), confirmed the road would be added to a list of infrastructure projects currently being developed, following complaints by drivers about the lack of street lights and road signs, and an failed attempt by the Rumaila Operating Company to implement a lighting project contract.
Residents and drivers in the area have raised concerns about the dangers posed by the street’s condition, noting a lack of traffic law enforcement and numerous fatalities.
Taxi driver Mohammed Murad highlighted an “urgent need” for installing street lights and speed bumps near pedestrian areas to enhance safety.
Maher emphasized the importance of the road as a main route into Az Zubayr – the district seat – for vehicles coming from Khor Al Zubair and the Safwan border crossing with Kuwait.
The road’s development is set to include new lighting, landscaping, and an extension to Maher Thwainy Square.