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Ashghal to complete major new roads in three years

by Kim Kemp on Nov 9, 2014


A rendering of what the upgraded Al Rayyan Road might look like, part of Ashghal's ongoing road improvements.
A rendering of what the upgraded Al Rayyan Road might look like, part of Ashghal's ongoing road improvements.

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Ashghal's 2013-2014 report says that a number of new roads in the Expressway Programme of the Public Works Authority will be completed in the next three years.

The new roads are expected to improve the traffic flow in the city and surroundings, specifically the East and West corridors, which provide vital connectivity for the western areas with Hamad International Airport (HIA).

The two massive highways together cost about QR4bn ($1bn), with works expected to be completed in the middle of 2017.

Ashghal will be taking up a total of 14 new road projects worth QR20.3bn ($5.5n) next year as part of its Expressway projects. A total of 12 projects worth QR18.21bn ($5bn) have been taken up so far, with four major roads completed this year. Eleven Expressway projects are presently being constructed and are at different phases.

The Western corridor has four interchanges on the New Industrial Area Road; the West Industrial Areas; the East Industrial Street and the Azizia Extension; the East corridor has a four-level interchange on the Al Wakrah bypass and two-level interchanges at the Barwa Access, Najma Road and Al Matar Street, according to Gulf Times.

The corridors will serve as strategic links with the southern side of the city as well as connect the areas on the Orbital Highway and truck routes to HIA.

The new interchange will provide access to residential areas on the Al Matar Street, the Najma Street Extension, the Barwa Access Road and a new Al Wakrah bypass.

In the construction process, 600 trees have been uprooted and replanted on other locations in the environs, as part of the country’s commitment to protect the environment. The new areas will have about 500km² of aesthetic landscaping.

The 15km-long, QR1.046bn ($287mn) Dukhan Central Highway on the western side of Al Shahinya town forms part of the major ongoing works. The eight-lane road is expected to be completed by the last quarter of 2016.

The ongoing QR2.33bn ($639m) Al Muntazah Street Extension, comprising a 8km dual carriageway between the Eastern industrial Road interchange and Woqod Interchange will come into operation in last quarter 2016. This will also feature a tunnel to Barwa City.

The F-Ring Project between Al Muntazah and Al Mater streets is intended to provide direct access to HIA and is valued at QR837mn ($229.8mn). A dedicated cycle track is also planned as part of the project.
 



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