Stemming from it keenness to preserve the culture heritage of Qatar and in an alignment to Qatar National vision 2030, The Public Works Authority “Ashghal” has completed the relocation works of the well-known Pearl Monument to the previously known Al Fardah Roundabout in Al Wakra Old Souq adjacent to Al Wakra port. The relocation works were accomplished in collaboration with the Private Engineering Office (PEO), as part of the expressway project of the upgrade of Al Wakra Main Road.
Pearl Monument has been reinstalled to enable the reconstruction the Pearl Roundabout into a signal-controlled intersection, as part of Al Wakra Main Road Upgrade Project
Ashghal's approach has met with willingness and proposals of the citizens in Al-Wakra to maintain and preserve the pearl monument and maintain it as landmark of Al Wakra city.
The decision to restore the Pearl Monument and relocate in Old Souq Al Wakra is to highlight the coastal nature of the city along with its distinct heritage, societal characteristics and history.
Ashghal’ strategy stems from the keenness to preserve the Heritage in parallel with the continued implementation of infrastructure plans in different locations of the State of Qatar, in collaboration with the competent authorities.
Constructed in the eighties of last century, the Qatari designer have inspired the design and build of the monument from the coastal tranquil nature of Al Wakra city.
It is noteworthy that the Pearl monument is a symbolic for residents of Wakra city as it reflects the pearl diving heritage of the city.
On this occasion, Engineer Saleh Al Sheiba, from Highway Projects Department, said: "The installation of shell on the concrete structure requires adopting a precise mechanism in its optimal lifting and installation. A metallic base has been manufactured for fixing the shells on the structure to ensure accurate installation considering the heavy weight of two shells that mounts 12 tons."
Al Sheiba added: "Ashghal in collaboration with the competent authorities and the General Directorate of traffic has undertaken the adequate traffic measurements to ensure the smooth traffic movement during the relocation process of the monument and throughout the project implementation period."
For his part, Engineer Nouh Al Joof, from the at Ashghal: from Highway Projects Department, said: “The process of relocating the monument required undertaking some maintenance work to restore some parts that were affected by the transportation process to ensure that they remain for the longest possible period. Following the identification of the new location, we had to find technical solutions to overcome the ground water high level.”
The Public Works Authority “Ashghal” has commenced the construction works for the conversion of roundabouts all over Al Wakra main Road to signalized Junction, following the successful opening of Wakra tunnel and its intersection that extends from Ras Bu Funtas and Barwa City towards the roundabout known as Pearl Roundabout.
Ashghal’s construction works continues at the upgrade of Al Wakraj Main Road, which extends all over 5.5 km from the previously known as Pearl Roundabout to Woqod station, located towards Messaieed city. Construction works include the conversion of the three roundabouts of; Pearl, Ooredoo and Afja roundabout (known as Jabal roundabout) to signalized intersections. Additionally, two new signalized intersctions will be constructed in Al Razi street and towards Al Wukair Road.
About the Upgrade of Al Wakrah Main Road:Al Wakra Main Road serves a large number of neighborhoods and residential and commercial complexes in Al Wakra and Al Wukair. It is a vital expressway project in the southern area as it will contribute at alleviating traffic movement for the commuters coming from Al Wakra and directly heading to Doha in the North and to Mesaieed in the south.
The upgraded road extends for 9 kilometers and the road traffic capacity will be upgraded from two to three lanes wide in each direction which will alleviate traffic congestion during peak time.
Al Wakra main road creates a strategic link between Doha and Al Wakra, as it is directly connected to the newly opened Expressway projects of G-Ring Road and the southern part of Doha Express Highway “Al Wakra Bypass”. Additionally, it serves the residential complexes located on both eastern and western sides of the road. The main road of Al Wakra will also be integrated with the Qatar Rail Metro Station in an alignment to the strategy of developing an efficient transportation network that can improve traffic flow
The upgrade of Al Wakra main road is one of the key axis of Qatar's expressway network. It will have a significant positive impact on the traffic movement in the country’s Southern areas. It will also contribute to reducing pressure on existing roads in other areas of Al Wakra by 60%, thus, complementing the other axes of the expressway network, of which several parts have been recently opened such as the G-Ring Road and the Southern part of Doha Express Highway “Al Wakra Bypass”, which provides links to Qatar 2022 world cup staduim of Al Janoub Stadium.
Several leisure facilities are accessible via Al Wakrah main Road including Al wakra Old souq, Al Wakra family beach, and Al Wakra Celebration Halls.
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