Salwa underpass ready for partial opening: Official

January 29, 2013 - 3:40:19 am

Eng Nasser Ali Al Mawlawi

DOHA: The Salwa underpass under the Salwa Road project is set for partial opening this weekend while the road will be fully operational by third quarter this year.

Engineer Nasser Ali Al Mawlawi, President of Public Works Authority (Ashghal), confirmed this to The Peninsula yesterday during a visit to one of the tunnels where renowned graffiti artist eL Seed showed the murals he had finished as part of the ‘calligraffiti’ murals project under Ashghal and Qatar Museums Authority.

The project, which includes an extensive upgrade of the existing Salwa Road, will deliver approximately seven kilometres of dual carriageway road along the alignment of the existing road. 

The mainline features eight lanes, four lanes in each direction separated by a median with continuous service roads. 

There will be four two-level interchanges along this section with the mainline of Salwa Road placed as an underpass beneath the crossroads to ensure smooth mainline traffic. 

The project is set to provide a strategic corridor between the centre of Doha and the Saudi Arabian border.

The project is an integral part of Ashghal’s Expressway programme, which is a nationwide road infrastructure programme that will improve the way people and places are connected across Qatar. 

The programme will deliver more than 30 major highway projects across Qatar, including new and upgraded freeways, expressways and arterial roads, as well as substantial upgrades to existing roads.

With regard to the murals project, Al Mawlawi said calligraffiti paintings at one of the country’s major infrastructure projects reiterate Ashghal’s endeavour to promote Qatari heritage, traditions and culture. 

“We greatly appreciate the support of H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani and Qatar Museums Authority for partnering with Ashghal to showcase Arabic calligraphy art through our project and we look forward to integrating more such artistic initiatives to reinforce the cultural fabric of Qatar,” he added.

The Peninsula