Qatar: Ashghal opens Hamad Port-Truck Route link

Forming part of the New Orbital Highway project, a road linking Hamad Port with the Truck Route has been opened, with the intent of easing congestion and better managing heavy-vehicle movement

The new link road between Qatar's Hamad Port and Truck Route forms part of the New Orbital Highway project. [Representational image]
The new link road between Qatar's Hamad Port and Truck Route forms part of the New Orbital Highway project. [Representational image]

A road linking Qatar's new Hamad Port with its Truck Route has been opened, according to public works authority, Ashghal.

The transport link forms part of the scope of works of Qatar's New Orbital Highway project.

Attendees at the opening included Qatar's Minister of Transport and Communications, HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti; Minister of Municipality and Environment, HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi; and Ashghal president, HE Dr Eng Saad bin Ahmed Al Mohannadi.

Along with a presentation, the guests paid a field trip to various work sites of the New Orbital Highway project to learn about the progress and the timetable for realising its various phases.

At approximately 5km in length, the newly opened transport link and its multilevel interchanges with Mesaieed Road consist of four lanes in each direction, forming a free-flowing traffic route to Truck Route.

The project is intended to ease congestion and better manage heavy-vehicle movement, while providing new access to Hamad Port, Mesaieed, Al Wakra, and the temporary Truck Route.

While expressing his confidence that Ashghal will complete the next phases of the project with the same quality and according to the specified deadline, HE Al Sulaiti said that he appreciated the efforts made by the authority to open the road link.

The minister stressed that the partial openings of the New Orbital Highway project, which are scheduled to take place in April and July, reflected the scale of the project's achievement.

HE Al Rumaihi praised the rapid execution of the road's construction, highlighting that Ashghal delivered its work by the agreed deadline.

He also stressed the importance of the road in providing a free-flowing traffic route for heavy vehicles from and to Hamad Port, and added that the future launch of new roads within New Orbital Highway project will provide numerous transport services that enhance traffic safety, owing to the segregation of truck lanes from those designed for light vehicles.

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