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Work on Lusail Expressway to start on Nov 17


DOHA WORK on the first phase of Lusail Expressway Project, which stretches from the Pearl roundabout to the Golf Club roundabout, is set to start from November 17.

One of the most important infrastructure projects under Ashghal’s remit with a network of tunnels, flyovers and junctions, the Lusail Expressway responds to future traffic demands delivering a modern road network connecting people and places with speed and ease.

The scheme also includes extensive artscape and beautification along the expressway.

The initial work involves closing and demolishing of the existing North Canal Crossing bridge followed by construction of a light rail tunnel and a new North Canal Crossing bridge in two stages.

The closure will last from November 17 until completion of the project. During this period, Al Jameaa Street will be the alternative route to the Golf Club, Lusail International Circuit, residential compounds and all other sites located on the north of the canal.

To cope with this additional flow of traffic on Al Jameaa Street, Ashghal has already developed an intersection and made other improvements to the street.

The North Canal Crossing bridge work is the first section being taken up on the broader Lusail Expressway which forms a part of Qatar’s Expressway Programme. The entire Lusail Expressway programme involves reconstruction and upgrading of the existing Lusail Road from south of Al Wahda Street (Arch Roundabout) to the North Canal Crossing, totalling approximately 5.3 kilometre in length.

The project includes three major interchanges and dual four lanes serving the newly developing areas in the north of Doha.

The existing major developments such as The Pearl and Katara will also benefit greatly from the project with improved interchanges and better journey times for the residents, businesses and visitors to the area. Ashghal awarded the contract for the expressway’s construction estimated to cost QR 3.57 billion to Hyundai Engineering and Construction in May last.

Ashghal is working on an integrated expressway plan, a nationwide road infrastructure programme involving around 30 highway projects that will improve the way people and places are connected across the city of Doha and wider Qatar.

It will deliver over 900 kilometres of new roads and an array of underpasses, flyovers and multi-level interchanges to enable free-flowing traffic and improved journey times.

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