QT-Online / Saturday, August 15, 2020 / Categories: Top News Ashghal opens Duhail Al Gharrafa Bridge and parts of traffic signals on Duhail Interchange QNA Doha The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) opened Duhail Al Gharrafa Bridge and parts of traffic signals within the Duhail Interchange Development Project on Shamal Road, six months before the schedule. Ashghal clarified that the remaining parts of the Duhail Interchange project are scheduled to open in September, within 18months from the start of works on the project. Duhail Al Gharrafa Bridge will provide free flow traffic between Al Khafaji Street and Al Gharrafa Street and cut the travel time by 95 percent between areas of West Bay, Al-Markhiya, Madinat Khalifa, and Duhail towards Gharrafat Al Rayyan, Al Gharrafa and Al Rayyan areas. The newly opened bridge consists of a 400-meter three-lane dual carriageway to accommodate about 12,000 vehicles per hour on both sides. In addition to Duhail Al-Gharrafa Bridge, parts of traffic signals under North Bridge are also open. Thus commuters from Shamal can directly access Duhail and West Bay through Al Khafaji Street and vice versa. Similarly, commuters from Al Gharrafa can directly reach North Road and vice versa. Whereas, commuters along Al-Gharrafa Street, Al-Khafaji Street, and Shamal Road can take U-turn after the opening of all U-turn exits on all streets. Due to its vital location at the northern gate of Doha city on Shamal Road, the new openings on Duhail Interchange will contribute in enhanced traffic flow in the region, as it will provide alternate routes to many schools and educational facilities in the surroundings including Qatar University, North Atlantic College and Education City. It will also serve commuters heading to other lively facilities and commercial entities in the region. On this occasion, Eng. Yousef Al Emadi, Director of Projects Affairs at Ashghal, asserted that Ashghal continues its journey towards completion of various infrastructure projects, and sets priorities in major projects that serve a large section of people. He also pointed out that Ashghal project works are going on without interruptions despite the blockade or Covid-19, and the strong evidence is this opening of Duhail Al-Gharrafa Bridge and traffic signals prior to six months of the proposed schedule. For his part, Eng Bader Darwish, Manager of Highway Projects Department at Ashghal confirmed that Duhail Interchange is considered as a vital infrastructure project, as it is the gateway to Doha city on Shamal Road, and once completed it will bring radical change in traffic flow. He also explained that the new bridge is to shorten the distance and save travel time by more than 95 percent after the renovation of Duhail Interchange because previously road users had to use the congested signalized Duhail Roundabout. On her part, Assistant Project Manager Eng. Sheikha Al-Mansoori from Projects Affairs at Ashghal said that 75 percent of works on Duhail Interchange development project are completed in record time not exceeding eighteen months, and the remaining works are in full swing to end the project in 2021. She also pointed out that the opening of Duhail Al-Gharrafa Bridge and parts of traffic lights at the interchange coincides with the opening of schools for the new academic year, as the area houses many schools and institutions. Whereas Eng. Saad Al Dousari clarified that almost 60 percent of materials used in the project works are locally manufactured in Qatar, such as iron, concrete, fittings, and most of the asphalt work. (QNA) Previous Article COVID-19: Two deaths, 277 new cases and 247 recoveries in Qatar on Saturday Next Article QRCS repairs damaged homes, provides medical aid for Beirut Print 1848 Rate this article: 5.0 Please login or register to post comments.