The official account on RGA X Platform (old Twitter) stated that only the fourth and final phase, 20 km of road work remains. A total length of 73 km national highway is being constructed including 7 km in the first phase, 19 km in the second phase and 27 km in the third phase.
A direct route is being built for Umrah pilgrims arriving at Jeddah International Airport to reach Makkah in 35 minutes. It will also help reduce congestion on roads including the current Jeddah-Makkah road. It is expected that this will make the arrival and departure of Umrah and Hajj pilgrims easier and also reduce the risk of accidents to pilgrims to some extent.
70 percent of the road construction work has already been completed. An eight lane road with four tracks in each direction will be constructed. 92 percent of the first phase, 93 percent of the second phase and 100 percent of the third phase of the four-phase construction project have been completed.
One of the main goals of Saudi Vision 2030 is to massively increase the number of Umrah pilgrims. For this, the development of Haram has been accelerated and more Umrah service companies have been licensed. The number of Umrah visas has been increased and the law has been amended to allow those arriving on tourism and visit visas to perform Umrah. Saudi citizens were recently allowed to bring friends from abroad for Umrah.
The main objective of the Jeddah-Makkah Direct Road is to improve the quality of road and transport services and reduce the average travel time to 35 minutes. With the coming of the new lane, the traffic on Haramain Road will be reduced significantly.
The speed of vehicles will be 140 km per hour. Local media reported that the route was designed to serve three crore Umrah pilgrims annually.