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Major boost to road infrastructure development planned

In a major boost to road infrastructure development in the country, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has awarded contract worth QR10.18bn. The new contracts include those under the Expressway Programme.


The Ashghal President, Nasser bin Ali al-Mawlawi, has expressed hopes that the projects will be undertaken as per the latest contracts, and would greatly improve road infrastructure, particularly when the country is moving ahead with its plans to host several major events, including the FIFA World Cup 2022.


The latest contracts are a continuation of the design and construction of the 10 projects that fall under the QR7.2bn worth Expressway Programme awarded in June 2013.


Among the three contracts worth QR7.71bn awarded under the Expressway Programme, two are for projects falling under the Rayyan Road Development Programme.


They comprise of contracts for construction and development of roads from western side of New Rayyan Road roundabout, to east of Bani Hajer roundabout and also for building and development of roads from western area of Olympic roundabout to areas lying on the west of New Rayyan roundabout.


The QR1.02bn road work from Bani Hajer to New Rayyan Roundabout, which includes upgrading of four lanes in each direction, apart from 2kms of service roads on either side, will be ready by third quarter of 2016. It will feature pedestrian footpaths, cycle lanes, storm water drainage with micro-tunnelling works and treated sewage effluent networks.


The project will cover junctions at Al Wajbah Street, Al Qalah (Castle roundabout), Al Shafi Street and underpasses at Al Shafi Street and Al Qalah Street. The QR3.43bn work to be undertaken between Olympic Roundabout and New Rayyan Roundabout is likely to be ready by first quarter of 2017.


Grade separation interchanges are also likely to be set up along the route to eliminate traffic blocks on Furosiya Street, Al Rayyan Road and Al Bustan Street. The third contract is for design and construction of first phase of the 180km dual carriage New Orbital Highway, located on the South West of Doha. This QR3.26bn project is to link the under-construction New Doha Port and Al Wakrah Bypass and also includes construction of a road linking Mesaieed Road to East-West Corridor.


On completion of the New Orbital Highway project between Al Khor and Mesaieed, the road will provide an orbital track around Doha and make way for a truck route between Mesaieed Industrial City and Ras Laffan Industrial City. This will reduce heavy vehicle movement through the city.


Further, contracts worth QR2.47bn have been awarded for construction of roads and infrastructure in Doha industrial Area and Al Khor. They are for development of Commercial Street in Al Khor, the first phase of infrastructure expansion in the Doha Industrial Area, first phase of infrastructure development for North and East Al Kheesa and first phase of development in Rawdat Abal Heeran Area.


Further, several streets of Doha Industrial Area are likely to receive a facelift, which also form part of contract worth QR1.36bn being awarded to Qatar Trading and Contracting Group. At least 38km stretch of existing roads will be revamped, and the industrial area roadwork is likely to be completed by third quarter of 2016.

Posted on 14/1/2014

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