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Ashghal opens 4 vital parts of its highway network

Ashghal opens 4 vital parts of its highway network

Tribune News Network
Doha
AS Qatar celebrates the National Day, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has announced the opening of vital parts of its highway networks. The North Bridge on Duhail Interchange and Wadi Al-Banat Interchange on Al-Khor Road were opened to traffic on Friday, December 13, while new parts of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will be opened on the National Day on December 18, including the interchange connecting Rasheeda Street with Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor (formerly known as Lekhwiya Roundabout). The second bridge at Umm Lekhba Interchange will be opened by the end of December.
The dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony of parts of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor included Eng Youssef al Emadi, director of Projects Affairs at Ashghal; Eng Bader Darwish, manager of Expressway Projects Department and Brig Mohammed Marafih, director of Engineering Traffic Safety Department, along with several engineers from Ashghal and representatives of the companies implementing the four projects.
On this occasion, Ashghal President Eng Saad bin Ahmed al Muhannadi said that the openings coincided with the celebration of Qatar National Day, based on the directives of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani.
He noted that Al Shamal Bridge was opened within nine months of its implementation by a Qatari contractor and local materials constituted 60 percent of the materials used in the project.
Muhannadi added that Ashghal is keen to complete all projects according to carefully studied priorities and not limited to a specific region.
For his part, Eng Youssef al Emadi said that Ashghal is opening vital parts of projects gradually rather than waiting for total completion of the projects as part of a strategy to manage various infrastructure projects simultaneously.
Eng Bader Darwish remarked that Ashghal has accomplished more than 150 km of highway network in 2019, as it witnessed opening of vital roads such as Al Khor Road, Al Majd Road and vital parts of various other projects.
Ashghal inaugurated Al Shamal Bridge, the first section of Al Duhail Interchange, on Friday. The new 200 m bridge was delivered within nine months of the beginning of construction.
The new bridge will deliver five lanes in northbound direction and four lanes in southbound direction instead of three lanes in both directions, providing a free-flow traffic and upgrading the vehicles capacity from 12000 to 18000 vehicles per hour in both directions.
Ashghal also announced opening of Wadi Al Banat interchange part of Al Khor Road on Friday. By this addition, Al Khor road will have seven of 10 interchanges operational.
The new two-level interchange consists of four bridges with 150 m length each. The two main bridges deliver 3 lanes while the two others deliver four lanes. Furthermore, the interchange has two loops, four ramps with two lanes each and four underpasses.
The new addition is located south of Al Khor Road at Lusail City. It primarily serves road users coming from Dukhan Road, Al Shamal road by providing a direct connection to Lusail city and West Bay area.
By this opening, the project has reached 94 percent of completion and only three interchanges and some parts of pedestrians and cyclist’s paths are remaining.
Ashghal is actively working on completing the remaining sections of the project by the second quarter of 2020.
Meanwhile, Ashghal announces completion of the second flyover at Umm Lekhba Interchange with a length of 537 metres providing free flow traffic between Al Markhiya, 22 February Street and the south of Doha.
The new flyover, which is scheduled to open at the end of December, 2019, will reduce travel time significantly accommodating around 4,000 vehicles per hour to serve those coming from Al Duhail, Madinat Khalifa, Al Markhiya and Corniche.
It is worth mentioning that 65 percent of the Umm Lekhba interchange development, known as Landmark Interchange, has been completed. The new interchange once completed in Q4 of 2020 will significantly improve traffic to shorten the journey time by more than 70 percent.

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