Ashghal opens Onaiza Interchange's main tunnel

Ashghal opened the main tunnel in Onaiza Interchange, which is one of the key three Interchanges on Lusail Expressway

Three out of the tunnel's four lanes are now open.
Three out of the tunnel's four lanes are now open.

Ashghal opened the main tunnel of Qatar's Onaiza Interchange, which is one of the three key interchanges of Lusail Expressway.

Beginning at Doha Exhibition Centre traffic lights, the tunnel stretches to the signal-controlled intersection in front of the Cultural Village (Katara).

The tunnel is approximately 1km long with the access roads leading to it from south and north, Qatar News Agency reported.

Three of the tunnel's four lanes are now open.

The tunnel's inauguration was in attendance of Dr Eng Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, president of Ashghal. Numerous senior officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, Ashghal, and the General Directorate of Traffic in the Ministry of Interior also attended the event.

Remaining works due to be completed on Onaiza Interchange include the bridge that will connect east Onaiza Street to areas such as the Katara, in addition to a number of hotels, commercial, and residential areas west of Onaiza Street.

Eng Al Muhannadi said that the opening of Onaiza Interchange's main tunnel will contribute in a positive way to Qatar's transport network. However, the full positive impact is expected to be felt following the completion of Lusail Expressway in January 2018, which will reduce the travel time significantly.

He added that next June will witness the opening of the main bridge in West Bay Interchange. In addition, two new tunnels will open in The Pearl Interchange next September, prior to the full completion of the project, which also includes more than 6.5km of pedestrian and cycle paths.

Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah, assistant president of Ashghal, revealed that the next year will see the opening of 80% of the under-construction highways in Qatar. He pointed out that a number of infrastructure projects in Mashaf and Wakeer will be opened soon, adding that works a part of Hamad Hospital and schools to be built have been completed.

Lusail Expressway is one of the key projects of the Expressway Programme that Ashghal is implementing. It is located in a vital area that connects Doha with Lusail City, and covers many public destinations such as the Pearl in the north, via Katara and the Diplomatic Area, and a large number of residential areas, hotels, malls, and other facilities.

The project work area stretches over 5.5km from Lusail City in the north to the West Bay area in the south. Works include three main multi-level interchanges: the Pearl Interchange, Onaiza Interchange, and West Bay Interchange. Two marine bridges that will stretch over the South and North Canal Crossings near the Pearl and Lusail City are also planned.

Upon completion, the main carriageway of Lusail Expressway will consist of four lanes in each direction, in addition to a big number of feeder service roads to connect the different destinations with the expressway.

The design of Lusail Expressway is an integrated system that provides traffic flow and connects Doha with the West Bay, to enhance access to the important destinations and landmarks that the area covers.


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