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Ashghal readies a bridge, a flyover and two interchanges ahead of National Day

  • 14 December 2019
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Ashghal readies a bridge, a flyover and two interchanges ahead of National Day
Along with the celebration of Qatar National Day, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced the opening of vital parts of highway networks works in various projects. 
The North Bridge on Duhail Interchange and Wadi Al-Banat Interchange on Al-Khor Road were opened to traffic on Friday.
New parts of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will be opened on the National Day, (december 18), including the interchange connecting Rasheeda Street with Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor (formerly known as Lekhwiya Roundabout). Additionally, the second bridge at Umm Lekhba Interchange will be opened by the end of December 2019.
The dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony include Eng. Youssef Al-Emadi, Director of Projects Affairs, Ashghal, Eng. Bader Darwish, Manager of Expressway Projects Department, Ashghal, Brig Mohammed Marafih, Director of Engineering Traffic Safety Department, along with several engineers from Ashghal and representatives of the companies that implement the four projects.
On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi, President of Ashghal commented that these openings coincided with the celebration of Qatar National Day, based on the directives of H. E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who was closely following implementation of various projects and urging for speedy completion, noting that Al Shamal Bridge hit a record by being opened within only nine months by a Qatari Contractor and with local materials of around 60%.
H.E. Dr. Saad Al Muhannadi added that Ashghal is keen to complete all projects assigned based on carefully studied priorities and not limited to a specific region, noting that today Ashghal could announce opening of projects in four different regions at the same time and this will follow other openings in near future.
For his part, Eng Youssef Al Emadi, Director of Projects Affairs, asserted that Ashghal has adopted specific strategy to manage various infrastructure projects, which implies the completion of vital parts of the project and open them with one by one rather than waiting for total completion of the project. This strategy is proved successful and evident during the recent openings of various projects and it has had a significant positive impact on traffic throughout the State.
Eng. Al-Emadi upheld this by his words, “we have opened vital parts of Al Khor Road during March 2019 including the main carriageway and three vital interchanges, followed by other interchanges totaling seven interchanges so far.
On the other hand, Eng. Bader Darwish, Manager of Expressway Projects Department confirmed that Ashghal has accomplished more than 150 km of highway network during year 2019, as it witnessed opening of vital roads such as Al Khor Road, Al Majd Road and vital parts of various other projects.
Eng. Darwish pointed out that Ashghal has taken great strides in highway projects achievements, with the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor project achieving more than 72%, opening of the second bridge at Umm Lekhba Interchange within two months, opening of Muraikh Interchange (previously known as Lekhwiya) after converting the roundabout to a two-level interchange. He also added that the works of North Bridge were completed within record time, despite its works started only in March 2019, and achieved three months prior to the deadline.

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