Al Wahda Arches take shape on Lusail Expressway
The spectacular Al Wahda Arches are fast taking shape along the Lusail Expressway and will serves as the gateway to Doha's West Bay business district
Serving as the gateway to Doha’s West Bay business district, the Al Wahda Arches are fast taking shape.
Located at the southern end of the under-construction Lusail Expressway, on the site of the old Rainbow (Arch) roundabout the arches are being built for Ashghal by Eversendai Qatar.
Details of the construction were announced by Eversendai in a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange in March last year.
The design however has been modified from the original concept where a 85x25m visitors’ centre would have been suspended 40m in the air between the two arches, supported by a system of hangars and cross-bracing cables, and accessed by cable car.
However, a number of sources have reported that the visitors’ centre is no longer part of the design.
The one arch measures 147m length and stands nearly 100m high, and the other rises to almost 78m, spanning 140m in length.
While Eversendai declined to discuss progress on the arches this week, referring questions to Ashghal, the project is running behind its initial completion schedule of June this year.
CWQ was unable to obtain a comment form Ashghal.
The Al Wahda interchange will be one of three multi-level intersections along the 5.3km route connecting central Doha with the region’s first Smart City, Lusail City.
Once completed, the dual arches will sit above a major interchange of three levels comprising both a tunnel and bridge of three lanes running in each direction
Work on the Expressway in 2012, with the demolition of the landmark Arch roundabout the following year to accommodate the new transit route.
Ashghal’s website says that works on the QAR5 billion ($1,37bn) project, led by contractors Hyundai, are expected to be completed by the end of next year and is anticipated to reduce congestion and shorten journey times between Lusail, northern districts of Doha and West Bay.