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Plans for bridge across Doha Bay

Qatar is hatching plans for a bypass that could run across Doha bay, connecting The Pearl-Qatar and Lussail.

The plan could see the development of the Doha Bay Bypass Corridor
The plan could see the development of the Doha Bay Bypass Corridor

The Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) in Qatar is hatching plans for the construction of a bypass that could run across Doha bay, connecting The Pearl-Qatar and Lussail, Construction Week has learned.

Bids for the feasibility study of the Doha Bay Bypass Corridor project are expected to be submitted by 10 September, according to an official at the UPDA.

The UPDA has invited tenders from various consultants specifying three options for the project: a landside tunnel that would run from under the central business district (CBD) in Doha to the West Bay area; a long offshore bay bridge or tunnel, preferably with a connection to The Pearl-Qatar, which would directly link New Doha International Airport (NDIA) through either a rail or road link; or a rail-based public transport system that would connect south Doha and NDIA with West Bay, The Lagoon, The Pearl-Qatar and Lusail across Doha's CBD area.

This could be a metro or light rail transport system with underground sections in central Doha.

"The plan will most likely be a long offshore bay bridge that would avoid the city centre area and run across the bay straight up to The Pearl-Qatar and the Lusail district," a source close to the project told Construction Week.

"It is still uncertain whether it will be a rail or road link. Tenders for the traffic consultancy package are due to be submitted by the first week of September. This is probably going to be the biggest job in Qatar at the moment, after the proposed Qatar-Bahrain causeway."

The UPDA has also said that the current master plan for Doha will be made available to the consultant that will eventually be carrying out the feasibility study for the Doha Bay Bypass Corridor.

The terms of the contract will require the chosen consultant to study the current traffic master plan and provide suggestions; analyse and evaluate current conditions; identify, forecast and analyse future conditions, and develop and evaluate alternative solutions. The study will also focus on various tunnel portal and bridge landing locations along with other corridor options.

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