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Construction of Qatar’s first cable-stayed bridge begins

Construction of Qatar’s first cable-stayed bridge begins

Tribune News Network
Doha
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started the construction of the first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar and the conversion of Haloul Roundabout into a two-level interchange on Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor project.
The 1,200-metre-long bridge extends up to Haloul Roundabout through Faleh Bin Nasser intersection on Salwa Road to provide free flow of traffic between Hamad International Airport and the areas of Bu Hamour, Mesaimeer and Al Waab.
The new bridge will have four lanes in each direction to accommodate more than 16,000 vehicles per hour.
Due to the length of the bridge, the construction work will require the use of 854 precast concrete pieces, each weighing about 200 tonnes of reinforced concrete and 20 pylons and 16 piers to reach the highest point of the bridge to 30 metres high.
Haloul Roundabout will be revamped into a two-level interchange, which will include at-grade signalised intersection along with the free flow cable-stayed bridge.
With the completion, the signalised intersection will consist of 6 lanes in each direction, including two right turns to the left and one for U-turn.
The intersection will help the traffic in all directions to connect Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor to Haloul Street and Salwa Road. It will serve Bu Hamour and Al Mamoura and many vital facilities around the Wholesale Market.
Engineer Abdullah al Naiemi said Ashghal has already started construction of the first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar, which was designed in a unique way to provide a free traffic flow without the need to pass through roundabouts or traffic signals, especially as the bridge will pass over Haloul and Faleh Bin Nasser intersections on Salwa Road. It will significantly ease the traffic congestion.
He said the bridge over Faleh Bin Nasser intersection on Salwa Road will be without pylons for a distance of 150 metres, but there will be cables to bear the bridge. The bridge will be completed in the first quarter of 2021 and the work on Haloul Intersection will be completed in 2020.
To facilitate the works, Ashghal has announced a partial closure of Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection on Salwa Road, while maintaining traffic movement through Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor with right turns open, starting Thursday night for 48 hours to enable construction works of the cable-stayed bridge on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor.
Road users heading and coming from Doha can take right turn at Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection then make a U-turn at around 250 metres then turn right to get back on Salwa Road. Road users coming from Mesaimeer Road towards Bu Samra and from Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor towards Doha will be required to continue straight through Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection for 250 meters then turn right to get back on Salwa Road.
Ashghal also announced a partial closure of Faleh Bin Nasser Interchange at-grade for traffic on Salwa Road, starting Sunday morning for 8 months to enable construction works of the bridge on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor. During this partial closure which is designed in coordination with the General Directorate of traffic, road users will be required to use alternative routes as shown in the attached map.
Traffic on Salwa Road heading and coming from Doha can take right turn at Faleh bin Nasser Interchange then do U-turn at around 250 meters then turn right to get back on Salwa Road.
The Public works Authority will install road signs advising motorists of the traffic change. Ashghal requests all road users to abide by the speed limit and follow the road signs to ensure their safety.

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