Doha: Highway improvements as part of Ashghal’s vital nationwide Expressway Programme have commenced on another significant arterial road into Doha.
The Public Works Authority — Ashghal — has started the first and second phases of Al Rayyan Road upgrade project to improve traffic and reduce congestion in an area vital for the flow of goods and people into the capital.
The first and second phases of the project, valued at about QR4.5bn, are part of Expressway Programme, designed to provide vital highway links across Qatar connecting key cities, towns and villages.
The projects aim to create a long-term, sustainable road network that continues to support social and economic development in response to strategic demands of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The Al Rayyan project will provide a high quality, safe and efficient road network, improving travel experience for road users in and around the area.
Phase one involves a 2.9km stretch from west of Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Roundabout (New Rayyan Roundabout) to the east of Bani Hajer Roundabout and is scheduled to be completed by Q4 of 2016.
The second phase stretching 5.3km from west of Sports Roundabout to the west of Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Roundabout is expected to be completed by Q3 of 2017.
As part of preparations for works, Ashghal has placed warning signs, barriers and other precautionary measures to regulate traffic. To minimise disruption during construction and ensure smooth traffic, Ashghal plans to create traffic diversions to accommodate current traffic in the area.
Once completed, the improvements in Al Rayyan will result in less congestion and improve journey time of road users. To encourage people to walk and ride bicycles, new and improved pedestrian pathways and cycle paths will be built.
These sustainable means of transportation will have less environmental impact and will ease congestion.
Phase one of the project, which will serve important residential areas and public entities such as Education City, universities and schools at Qatar Foundation, comprises construction and upgrade of four lanes in each direction separated by a central median in addition to 2km of side and service roads. It includes construction of Wajba interchange between Al Rayyan Road and Al Wajba Street, Al Shafi interchange between Al Rayyan Road and Al Shafi Street (two-level interchange) and Al Qalah interchange (Castle R/B) between Al Rayyan Road and Al Qalah (two-level interchange).
The improvement scheme for phase two will feature four lanes in each direction separated by a central median, in addition to 5.4km of side and service roads.
It will include construction of Al Massila interchange, Al Rayyan interchange, Bin Zaben interchange, Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah interchange at Al Rayyan Road, Old Rayyan interchange at Huwar Street (Furosiya) and Lebdii interchange at Bu Erayyen Road.
Both phases will include micro tunnelling work, treated sewage effluent networks and upgrading electrical and telecommunication networks.
Works are also under way on phase four of Al Rayyan project stretching from Jasim Bin Mohammed Street and Old Diwan Intersection on Al Rayyan Road. This phase extends across 1.5km and connects vital commercial areas such as Souq Waqif and Msheireb Downtown Doha project which is in progress.