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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

Shifting gears

Written by  Author |   Mon, 26 October 2015 06:06

More than $20 billion planned spending for roads and bridges

More than 30 major roads, highways and freeways are planned in Qatar well before the World Cup in 2022, in a network which is unparalleled in the region.

The Expressway Program by Ashghal
According to a report published by Ashghal, The Expressway Program provides vital transportation links across Qatar, connecting key cities, towns and villages with high quality national freeways and urban arterial routes. Qatar’s entire network of expressways, highways and local roads has been reviewed as part of this Program. Fundamental improvements and enhancements at existing projects have been planned. Ashghal’s strategy is to develop a road network that benefits all communities and provides sustainable traffic management solutions that match those available in advanced countries. 
The Program is a nationwide road infrastructure scheme that will improve the way people and places are connected across the city of Doha and wider Qatar. It will deliver over 900 kms of new roads and an array of underpasses, flyovers and multi-level interchanges to enable free-flowing traffic and improved journey times. Ashghal is responsible for the design, construction, delivery and maintenance of all expressways and major roads that cater to current and future traffic demands in Qatar.
Program Highlights

•    Delivers approximately 240 major interchanges ranging from conventional traffic lights, to four level interchanges with tunnels and flyover.
•    More than 30 major projects to be delivered.
•    Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd (KBR) appointed as the Program Manager.
•    New and upgraded freeways, expressways and arterial roads across Qatar.
•    The Expressway Program will provide a national roads network capable of sustaining the future development and expansion of a world-class infrastructure within Qatar.

Current road projects
Part of the $20 billion plan, key highway projects worth $8.1 billion have been initiated by the Ashghal to alleviate chronic traffic congestion in Doha. Some other major projects have been initiated within the Expressway Program and currently are integrated within the country’s broader outlook of the World Cup 2022 infrastructure plan. The projects are being overseen by US-based KBR to provide project management services for the Doha expressway and other major road projects over the next five years. The three largest schemes are the Doha-Dukhan highway, Doha expressway and the Lusail expressway.
As part of the Expressway program and the local road projects, the following projects are either completed or under construction:

AL Jemailiya/Al Otoriyah/Al Shahaniyah Link Road

This will be a 31 Km road, consisting of a two lane dual carriage way and will feature two roundabouts.

L Jemailiya /Abu Sidra/Bussaiyer Link Road
The link road will consist of 18.3Km single lane road incorporating 5 roundabouts.

Al Saad / Rasheeda Street

As part of Phase 3, Package 22, the project will consist of approximately 8km of road construction

Dukhan Highway East

Forming part of the Expressway Program, this QR3.7 billion ($1.01 billion) project will run from the BaniHajer Interchange (west) to the Tilted Interchange (east), and along Al Gharrafa Road from Al Rayyan Street (south) to Thani Bin Jasim Street (north). It will include approximately 10Km of dual carriageway

Lusail Expressway
With an approximate cost of QR3.5 billion ($958 million), this project features construction of a 5.3km highway and multiple interchanges. With phase 1 nearly complete, the attention has turned to phase 2.
Al Muntazah Street
A QR 2.3billion ($630 million) project consisting of approximately 10km of dual carriageway.

Alleviating chronic traffic congestion in Doha
The Doha-Dukhan highway scheme is currently split into three packages. The central section covers 7.5km. It is being carried by a JV comprising Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and local company Teyseer. The eastern section is being built by a JV comprising the local Qatari Diar and Saudi Binladin Group.
The same JV is also working on a $1bn contract for a 6.5km section from Al-Mail to BaniHajer roundabout.
The 12km-long Lusail expressway will run north from Doha to Lusail. The construction work is currently split into two packages. The construction contract for the first was awarded to South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction. Contractors are currently prequalifying for the second package.
The Doha expressway scheme involves building 280km of dual four-lane roads with some 19 interchanges. There are a series of major packages involved in this mega project.
Some have already started construction, while others are in the tendering process.

The Doha Expressway
The Doha Expressway or Qatar’s first freeway undertaken by Ashghal is planned to connect the south of Doha with the north, and the east with the west or the urban and rural parts of the city. Estimated at $4.1 billion, the project construction began in late 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2016.The project is being carried out in 13 phases/packages including underpasses, flyovers and interchanges.
Phases one and two are already completed and are comprised of the construction of a 6km, three-lane dual carriageway between Garrafa Interchange to Asiri Interchange.
Phase three included the construction of the Industrial Interchange project which was completed in four stages. A new flyover connecting Doha with the Industrial area and the 1km-long underpass with a three-lane dual carriageway at the intersection of Salwa Road with Furousiyya in addition to a three-lane dual carriageway bridge along Salwa Road are already opened.

Phase four of the project involved construction of a 3.2km three-lane dual carriageway extended from the Midmac / Asiri Interchange up to E-Ring Road and Al-Muntazh Street intersection.

Phase five which is already completed involv the construction of a 3.3km-long three-lane dual carriageway from Khalifa Al-Attiyah Interchange to Airport Interchange. A three-lane dual carriageway (3km) from Industrial Interchange to Street 33 will be constructed in phase six.
Construction on phase seven included the construction of four-lane dual carriageway between Industrial Interchange and Asiri Interchange, while Phase eight involved construction of 4km-long three-lane dual carriageway from Asiri Interchange to A-Ring Road.
Construction of a 10km-long three-lane dual carriageway from E-Ring Road / Al-Muntazah Street intersection to New Doha International Airport is carried out in phase nine. In phase ten a 19km-long three-lane dual carriageway called G-Ring Road is planned from Road 55 to New Doha International Airport. Phase 11 include a three-lane dual carriageway, extending 3km in length from Industrial Interchange up to Street 33.
Phase 12 involves the construction of 8km long F-Ring Road, a three-lane dual carriageway from Abu Hamur Street / Al-Muntazah Street intersection to New Doha International Airport.
The last phase, phase 13, includes the construction of Al-Muntazah Extension. This 5 km long road extends from the intersection of East Industrial Road and Street 33 up to Al-Muntazah Street. The works include construction of a three-lane dual carriageway and frontage roads with two grade separated interchanges, infrastructure works and landscaping.

Dukhan Highway East
The Dukhan Highway project consists of approximately 66km of new highway between the existing Thani bin Jassim junction to the west of the city of Doha and the existing Zirkreet interchange near to the Dukhan industrial area. This $1.01 billion project, along with the Dukhan Highway Central project and others within the Expressway Program will create a strategic east-west highway linking the heart of Doha.
As part of the Expressway Program the Dukhan Highway East project runs from the BaniHajer Interchange (west) to the Tilted Interchange (east), and along Al Gharrafa Road from Al Rayyan Street (south) to Thani Bin Jasim Street (north). Works include the construction of approximately 6.5 km of dual carriageway road as the mainline of Dukhan Road East and 3.2km of Al Gharrafa Road. The mainline for Dukhan Road East consists of eight lanes (four lanes in each direction, separated by a median) with service roads and auxiliary lanes along sections of the road. Three grade separated interchanges will also be constructed along Dukhan Road East. Al Gharrafa Road will be reconstructed to eight lanes (four lanes in each direction, separated by a median) with service roads. There are two grade separated interchanges included along Al Gharrafa Road. The mainline of Al Gharrafa Road will be lowered to accommodate the grade separated north and south interchanges, as well as the underpass at the Tilted Interchange. There are significant infrastructure works featuring as part of the works such as a 10km 2400mm diameter micro tunnel for drainage 320 kv high voltage cables and 1400 mm diameter water pipelines, 1600mm DI water pipe for the Doha Mega Reservoir.
Now all five interchanges have been completed and opened to traffic as well as 75km of service roads.

The Lusail Expressway
As part of the Expressway Program, the $960 million Lusail Expressway project will provide a vital link into Doha’s Lusail City development which is currently under construction.
Existing major development areas such as the Pearl and Katara will also benefit greatly from the project with improved interchanges and better journey times for residents, businesses and visitors to the area. With its complex network of tunnels, flyovers and junctions, the Lusail Expressway will respond to future traffic demands and deliver a modern road network that will connect people and places with speed and ease. One of the most significant features of the project will be the extensive artscape and beautification scheme installed along the length of the project. Iconic super structures at key locations along the route will complete the look of this world class road network, making the Lusail Expressway a true landmark in the region.

The construction also includes the Arch roundabout that will be converted into a three-level interchange including a dual three-lane underpass from Al Dafna area to Lusail. It will comprise of a single point interchange at the ground level for the Arch traffic and three lane directional link at level 1 from Lusail Expressway to the Central Business district. Upon completion – expected in the third quarter of 2015 – the 5.3km dual four-lane expressway will serve the new development areas in the north of Doha.
The Lusail Expressway will also upgrade the existing Al Istiqlal Road from south of the Al Wahda (Arch) roundabout to north of the North Channel Crossing, and Onaiza Street. The 5.3 km will comprise four lanes of highway with additional lanes to provide for traffic movement between the interchanges. The project includes three large interchanges and has key interfaces with the Pearl, Katara, Lusail City Development, and the future Sharq (Doha Bay) crossing. The Lusail Expressway will also cater for future light rail transit (LRT) and Metro's Red Line North. Associated infrastructure developments include: Storm water network with two pump stations, an underground detention tank and two outfalls, foul water, treated sewage effluent, chilled water, potable water, electrical EHV, HV, MV, & LV, telecommunication network Q-Tel & Vodafone, Doha city surveillance system and Qatar Armed Forces telecommunication networks and landscaping features.

Al Muntazah Street
This Muntazah Street will provide an important connection from the industrial area into Doha city and relieve congestion and improve traffic flows to the area. It will provide a strategic connection to Barwa City and commercial strip, providing essential road frontage for new businesses and connect F-Ring Road to Wholesale Market Road and Mesaimeer Street.
As part of the Expressway Program, this $603 million project will include construction of approximately 8 km of new dual carriageway on Abu Hamour Road/Al Muntazah Street from East Industrial Road Interchange to Al Woqod Interchange and approximately 2 km of dual carriageway on F-Ring Road from Woqod Interchange to Al Jazeera Interchange.

The Al Muntazah mainline will comprise eight lanes (four lanes in each direction, separated by a median) with parallel running service road and auxiliary lanes. F-Ring Road mainline will consist of 6 lanes (three lands in each direction, separated by a median) located on a 1.8 km long structure above local service roads. There are four grade separated interchanges included along the mainline of Al Muntazah Street and one at-grade separated interchange along F-Ring Road where it intersects with Wholesale Market Street. A directional tunnel providing access (east to south) to the proposed new Barwa development located to the south of Al Muntazah Street is also included in the project.


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