Ashghal: Three new road diversions to begin in Qatar this weekend

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Chantelle D'mello

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A slew of construction detours is expected to commence this weekend, starting with the closure of a stretch of the busy Wholesale Market Street in Abu Hamour.

In a statement, Ashghal said that the road would be closed from the Mesaimeer Passport and Immigration Office to near the entrance of Al Jazeera Academy from tomorrow (Dec. 4) until Dec. 6, then again from Dec. 11 until Dec. 13.

The statement did not explain the reasons for the road closure, but added that drivers traveling to Abu Hamour, Ain Khalid, the Wholesale Market and Al Thumama areas should use Rawdat Al Khail St. or other alternatives routes.

Al Khor

Meanwhile, as part of ongoing reconstruction of the road network in Al Khor, a new single-lane route on Nasser bin Abdullah Al Misned St. will open tonight.

The existing temporary road will close at the same time and traffic will be diverted to the adjacent route, which connects Al Khor Corniche roundabout with Al Khor Commercial Street, Qatar’s public works authority said in a statement.

New road configuration by Al Khor Corniche junction.

Ashghal

New road configuration by Al Khor Corniche junction.

The diversion comes as works continue on revamping the roads and infrastructure Commercial Street, which is a key route through the northern town.

Aiming to improve traffic flow and ease congestion in Al Khor, Ashghal is reconfiguring and widening roads, replacing roundabouts with signal-controlled intersections, constructing service roads and adding parking bays to improve commercial and residential access, it said.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Ashghal

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Works started on the project in early 2014. In February, Ashghal announced the start of diversions on Commercial Street, which it said would be in place until early 2016.

This included the closure of parts of one lane of Commercial Street and the creation of temporary parallel roads.

Three months later, what was known as Coffee Pot roundabout was redeveloped to create a junction with traffic lights.

Ashghal is also installing water and electricity networks in the town, constructing a new storm-drain system to take away surface rain water and extending the sewage system to connect all houses, public and commercial buildings in Al Khor to a nearby treatment plant and eliminating the use of tanks.

Al Shamal

A section of Al Kharaitiyat St. heading toward Doha, as well as a section of Izghawa St., will be closed for eight months starting tomorrow, Dec. 4.

The closure starts at the intersection of Al Kharaitiyat St. with 19th St. and ends 100m north of Al Tabah Petrol Station.

Al Shamal diversion

Ashghal

Al Shamal diversion

In a statement, Ashghal said the closure was needed to carry out construction work on a bridge and upgrade some of Izghawa St. as part of the North Road enhancement project.

Traffic will be diverted to 19th St. and Wadi Al Askar St. as shown in the map.

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