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Ashghal opens several major expressways in Qatar

Over the past one year, the Public Works Authority in Qatar, Ashghal, has worked for the opening of several major expressways, and there has been major expansion in the road connectivity in several areas.

Ever-since the illegal blockade was announced last year 5 th June, Ashghal has been busy. In the second week of July last year, the commissioning of the first phase of the ambitious Orbital Highway and Truck route was done. In the next couple of weeks, 125km out of the 190km of the country’s most significant road project opened up for traffic, linking southern and northern sides through seven-lane express highways on either side.

The project, costing a major QR19bn is likely to be fully commissioned by the year-end. When completed, it is hoped that a minimum of 8000 vehicles would pass through the road every hour. The vital expressway bypasses all the towns, cities and key locations in Qatar such as Wakrah, Doha, Mesaieed, Rayyan, Sheehaniya, Industrial Area, Umm Slal and Al Khor, while ensuring flawless connectivity to all these places through well-laid roads.

The opening of interchanges 5 and 6 during the Qatar National Day celebratios last year was another record, with the QR2bn Lusail Expressway getting fully operational. During the months preceding the blockade, authorities ensured completion of the two major four-lane, a side world-class tunneol road near the Doha Exhibition Centre and another leading to The Pearl Qatar. The Lusail Expressway features the tallest concrete monument on a road in the country. It is 100m tall located near the place of the earlier Rainbow roundabout. Similar road developments have happened in southern areas of the Doha Expressway projects too.

All the newly laid roads have greatly improved goods transportation between the Hamad Port and Doha Industrial Area. About 21 new interchanges providing connectivity to various locations have also come alive during the period.

The infrastructure facilities for more than 32,000 land plots would be ready by mid of 2020, as several new road networks, drainage networks, cycle and pedestrian paths are being laid in more than a dozen locations across the country.

The citizen residential schemes in north and south of Wukair and Bani Hajer and Ezghawa are seeing large-scale infrastructural developmental work these days. Similar works are also taking place at Al Froosh, Khartiyat, Egdam, North of Nasseriya, Industrial Area and Al Shamal among other places.

A total of more than QR12bn has been earmarked to improve infrastructure facilities in the above locations, and also in other places. As part of the projects being laid, about 1597kms of drainage networks, 695km of road networks and 1830 km of cycle paths have been laid.

Posted on 5/6/2018

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