In the glut of gigantic Projects in Qatar in general, and in accordance with already orchestrated ambitious plan, the Public Works Authority is launching its largest road and infrastructure Project executed in Doha in one piece, with the Final Countdown approaching for tendering the Lusail Expressway early next year.
The Lusail Expressway aims at creating a strategic free flow north-south axis of movement connecting the heart of Doha City with is north, along the eastern coastal line, to serve the current and future planning. The observer can easily watch the continuous changes in the sky line with tens of towers and cranes penetrating the horizon.
This expressway will change the traffic patterns within Doha in the medium to long range (within 20 years) moving the centre of gravity of population towards the north, where there will be a modern road network built to the highest international standards which will facilitate for people reaching their destinations safely with speed and ease.
This axis of movement will extend at its ultimate configuration from lusail area to jeeda Flyover, with a series of free flow grade separations at its junction with all other intersecting arterials, and with sufficient number of lanes ranging between three and four depending on the future traffic volumes using it.
The length of lusail Expressway to be executed under this stage is approximately (5) km and consists of there interchanges, the first one from south to north at Arch Roundabout (junction with Wahda Street), the second on is at Aladdin Roundabout (Onaiza Street) and third is at Safliya Roundabout apposite to the Qutaifiya East Gate.
The Lusail Expressway will therefore service important ongoing residential, commercial, touristic and entertainment hyper Developments in north of Doha, such as the Towers Zone, New diplomatic Area, Cultural village, Qutaifiya lagoon, in addition to the Pearl-Qatar which will be populated by (35,000) inhabitants, and the lagoon Plaza and Mall near the Diplomatic Club, and the Lusail Beach Developed by DIAR with an expected population of (120,000) .
Many international experts believe that the three level interchange servicing the pearl-Qatar represents by itself a real engineering challenge, being squeezed between the northern and southern Qutaifiya Canal Crossings.
This situation necessitated the widening of the northern canal crossing from two leans to four lanes in each direction, and the southern canal crossing from two lanes in each direction .
Due to massive amount of traffic volumes generated by the Pearl, it has become necessary to separate the traffic movement from and to the Pearl to avoid negatively impacting the local traffic movements, therefore and in addition to the dual three lane underpass and two underpass bridges, this interchange consists of free elevated two lane directional link for the traffic heading to the Pearl, and another free elevated three lane directional link for traffic exiting the pearl and heading south to Doha city .
The interchange at the Arch Roundabout will represent the escape gate for the thousands of vehicles generated by Towers Zone, trying to fine their way to the lusail Expressway and then to their respective destinations .