The Public Works Authority announced the opening of the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road during a ceremony that was attended by H.E. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. Mr. Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi Minister of Municipality and Environment, H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi President of the Public Works Authority, in addition to officials from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Public Works Authority, and the General Directorate of Traffic in the Ministry of Interior.
Ministers and attendants were introduced to the benefits of the roads that opened to traffic through a presentation.
These projects fall under the expressway projects that were opened recently to traffic and form vital parts of the expressway network to serve all areas in the country, including projects that serve the southern areas such as Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf.
The southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road which opened to traffic completely in both directions, will serve the southern areas that are characterised by their population density, in addition to their association with the transportation to and from Hamad International Airport, Hamad Port, Industrial Area and others.
The southern part of Doha Express Highway includes the main carriageway in both directions with a total length of 11 km, in addition to parts of the five interchanges included in the project such as access and exit ramps to enable road users from accessing and exiting the new road and surrounding areas, which will provide direct access from the southern areas of the country to the northern areas and vice versa.
The southern part of Doha Express Highway will relieve the pressure on Al Wakra Main Road, leading to reducing traffic congestion in the area by providing a highway with five lanes in each direction, connecting the south and north of the city. While there are ongoing procedures to connect it with the northern part of Doha Express Highway.
All four lanes in each direction of Hamad Port Road opened to traffic. The road is 14 km long and it connects Hamad Port with G-Ring Road.
H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications:In this occasion, Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications expressed his happiness with the successive achievements by Ashghal, as he said: “opening the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road is a great addition to the land transportation in Qatar, and it will contribute in enhancing traffic movement between Al Wakra and Doha, and between Mesaieed, Hamad Port and Industrial Area, and connect south of the country with the north.”
H.E. also thanked the Public Works Authority, which implements all projects assigned to it in full swing, which is visible through accelerating these projects, and opening a big number of them recently according to its schedule, and we look forward to the continuation of these efforts to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030 and meet the requirements of our respected people.”
H.E. Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment:H.E. expressed his happiness with the opening of important and vital parts of the expressway, which we witness their opening consecutively recently, which shows Ashghal’s commitment to complete projects on time. He also added that the two new roads will serve the populated southern areas, in addition to its association with traffic movement to and from Hamad International Airport, Hamad Port and Industrial Area, and others. H.E. looks forward to celebrate more openings and achievements in expressway, which will contribute to achieving a great development on the social and economic levels.
H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority:The opening of the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road in both directions will change traffic flow in the southern areas through providing alternative options to Al Wakra Main Road, which results in easing travel for residents of Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf, this is in addition to the association of these roads with traveling to and from Hamad International Airport, Industrial Area and others.
He added: “opening these new expressways is a new achievement that is added to the achievements Ashghal accomplished during the second half of 2017. This emphasizes again Ashghal’s commitment to deliver on the requirements of the coming phase according to the priorities set by H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, related to the current situation and the future direction of Qatar, that encourages self-sufficiency and studies opportunities that enable us to continue achieving on regular basis without being affected by any challenges, while we continue progressing on our big projects, which is a tangible proof on our success in this area.”
Southern part of Doha Express Highway:The highway is 11 km long, and it connects G-Ring Road with Mesaieed Road. It will ease access to Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf areas, and it is considered an alternative route for Al Wakra Main Road through its connection with Mesaieed Road and G-Ring Road.
Doha Express Highway includes five multi-level interchanges that will be completed in the next few months. The project also comprises 42 km of pedestrian and cycle paths.
The five multi-level interchanges include:Al Mashaf Interchange: a two-level interchange that provides direct access to G-Ring Road in the south and residential areas in Al Mashaf west.
Al Wukair Interchange: a two-level interchange that provides direct access to Al Wukair Road and residential areas to the east and west of the interchange.
Waab Buhair 2 Interchanges: both are two-level interchanges, one of them eases access to some residential areas to the east of the interchange, and the other is connected to Mesaieed Road and provides direct access to Hamad Port.
Hamad Port Road:A 14 km long road that connects Hamad Port and G-Ring Road, and includes four lanes in each direction, easing the movement of trucks between Hamad Port and Industrial Area, enhancing the movement of goods between the port and all areas of the country, especially that the road is considered a corridor that reduces journey times, instead of the main Orbital Highway. Hamad Port Road is expected to reduce travel time by more than 15% especially that the road capacity is 8000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
The new road extends from Umm Al Hawl Interchange on Mesaieed Road to G-Ring Road that connects with the East Industrial Street through the tunnel at East Street 33 Interchange. This interchange was formerly known as Al Watan Roundabout, which was opened recently to form a free flowing road between Hamad Port and Hamad International Airport until Salwa Road.
Ashghal is currently implementing three interchanges as part of the new road works that will provide free flowing traffic, which upon completion will enhance the connectivity of the new expressway with local areas and surrounding expressways.
It is worth mentioning that Ashghal has opened recently big parts of projects that connect the southern areas with the northern ones, especially those connected to Hamad Port, to ease goods movement. The latest of these openings was in July 2017 when it opened the 125 km long first phase of the Orbital Highway and Truck Route.
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