DOHA: The most-awaited F-Ring Road, which will connect Hamad International Airport (HIA) to merge with the Industrial Area Road, is set to open by mid-September, Al Sharq reported yesterday, quoting a source in Public Works Authority — Ashghal.
Contracting companies are busy giving final touches to supporting infrastructure on the 8km ring road, such as sewage and other installations. Firms have fixed side barriers, signals and other road safety requirements.
Once work on each segment of the road is completed, the project will be handed over to a consultant for final inspection. The consultant will submit a report to another entity for review, which will be handed over to Ashghal.
F-Ring Road will enhance connectivity of the Industrial Area to HIA and Doha and is expected to reduce pressure on other vital roads, including D-Ring and E-Ring roads. It will also improve connectivity to Salwa Road via E-Ring Road, which will intersect at Al Obaidly Roundabout, now an intersection.
This will avoid frequent traffic jams and reduce time of motorists using E-Ring Road to access the Industrial Area, Central Market and Salwa Road.
The road starts from Air Force intersection (formerly a roundabout) and passes through South Thumama to West Thumama, via Mesaimeer, behind Barwa Residential Complex (Mesaimeer Masakin), through Woqod Roundabout to merge to Industrial Area Road.
According to the report, construction work on almost all segments of the eight-lane road are nearly complete, including work on a 688-metre long underpass, which also has eight-lanes (for to and fro traffic), each with a maximum width of 3.65 metres.
Work on a 128-metre long overbridge, part of the road, is nearing completion. Finishing touches are being given to interlock of the flyover and street pillars are being provided with power.
Work on the installation of a long, 40-inch diameter water pipe is also progressing rapidly.
The source in Ashghal also stressed that the project will be completed on time as work on the road construction was not affected by the mandatory summer working schedule implemented by the Ministry of Labour.
Between June 15 and August 31, all companies have to reschedule their working hours, giving a break to workers engaged in work outdoors from 11.30am to 3pm.
The road will provide better connectivity between southern Doha and the western areas of the city, including Abu Hamour, Muntaza, Ain Khalid and the Central Market.