This article was updated at 10pm to reflect that all of F-Ring is not yet complete.
Motorists heading to and from Al Wakrah, rejoice – after three years of work, Ashghal has completely opened F-Ring Road, increasing connectivity to the south of Doha, including to the new Hamad International Airport.
The $230 million project included the construction of a 7.2km eight-lane expressway, with four lanes in each direction, and a two-lane service road on both sides. It is supposed to provide the “missing link” between Mesaimeer St. and the main road leading to Al Wakrah.
How, commuters report that while F-Ring does take you to HIA, the other end heading to Al Thumana is not yet complete. Instead, motorists must make a U-turn and pass near the Church before reaching the Industrial Area Road.
As part of the construction, two-level signaled junctions were created at Al Matar (Airport) St. and Najma St.
Work on some of the service roads, bridges and cycle pathways, as well as landscaping, is still underway, but Ashghal said this would not affect the traffic flow of the main carriageway.
In a statement, the public works authority added:
“Road users will now benefit from the shorter journey times and the free traffic flow created by the two level interchanges. In addition, the dedicated pedestrian and cycle paths will separate pedestrians and cyclists from traffic, which will keep them safe, promote other travel options, and help reduce reliance on vehicles.”
The project was completed by the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Teyseer Contracting Company Joint Venture, with KEO International Consultants Company as the supervising consultant.
Will the opening of F-Ring help you with your commute? Thoughts?