Ashghal signs deals for QR10.19bn road projects

January 13, 2014 - 3:26:32 am

The President of Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Engineer Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, with other officials pose for a group photo after Ashghal signed seven construction contracts with companies for Expressways and road and infrastructure projects  at the W Hotel in Doha yesterday. Salim Matramkot

DOHA: The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday awarded seven contracts worth QR10.19bn ($2.8bn) for the construction and development of an expressway and expansion of existing roads under its Expressway and Local Road Development (LRDP) Programmes.

Three contracts worth about QR7.72bn were inked under the Expressway Programme. Two contracts were signed for Al Rayyan Road including one for the construction and development of roads from west of the New Rayyan Roundabout to the east of Bani Hajer Roundabout. Another contract was signed for the construction and development of roads from west of the Olympic Roundabout to west of the New Al Rayyan Roundabout.

Ashghal President Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi signed the agreemenst with officials of companies awarded these projects.

The third contract was signed for the design and construction of phase 1 of the New Orbital Highway, covering 45km of the 180km long highway.

Four contracts valuing about QR2.47bn were signed for the construction of roads and infrastructure in local areas, including the development of infrastructure for the commercial street in Al Khor, the first package for the infrastructure development of the Industrial Area, the first package for the construction of infrastructure for North and East Al Kheesa (Rawdat Al Hamama area), and the first package for the development of infrastructure in Rawdat Abal Heeran area.

“On completion, these expressways and roads will enhance capacity. It will improve the traffic situation significantly,” Al Mawlawi told The Peninsula on the sidelines of the signing ceremony.

Work on most of these projects is expected to start in the first quarter of this year, but have different time schedule for completion varying from Q3 2015 to 

Q1 2017. Under the road infrastructure development strategy Qatar has plans to implement over 200 projects over the next five to seven years, and about 75 qualified companies have been approved to implement these projects. In June 2013, Ashghal awarded 10 contracts of expressways worth QR7.2bn, comprising eight design and construction supervision contracts for 24 new expressway projects across the country, and a lot more contracts are to be awarded. 

“There are other projects related to expressways, and packages for orbital and local area roads and drainage system in the pipeline which will be awarded over the next few months,” he said.

Asked about the areas expected to face demolition to make way for these projects, he said: “There are certain projects which will require demolition, but I cannot exactly recall the areas.”

Mawlawi said Al Rayyan Road will be expanded into four lanes with many interchanges and new features such as smart traffic system and dedicated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians.

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