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Al Messila tunnel

Just in time for Eid holidays and the imminent start of the school year, Ashghal has finished work on TV intersection.

Located near Al Jazeera, the junction had been one of the last roundabouts in the area to be converted into a signalized intersection.

It, along with several other projects, open to traffic today, the public works authority has announced.

That includes a new road tunnel and underpass in Al Messila.

The reconstructed route links Al Rayyan Road with Jassim Bin Hamad St. and should speed up journey times from Madinat Khalifa and Al Messila toward Al Sadd, and westwards through Al Rayyan and beyond.

Widened roads and improved service routes should also reduce congestion in the area, which had been diverted onto local streets during the construction works, the public works authority said in a statement this week.

 

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Al Messila tunnel and intersection

The Al Messila tunnel is part of phase 2 of the Al Rayyan Road development program.

The project entails overhauling 5.5km of the artery route from west of Sports Roundabout to the west of Abdullah bin Khalid roundabout.

Sports Roundabout is currently being converted into a signal-controlled intersection. So is the roundabout mid-way on Jassim bin Hamad St., connecting with Al Jazeera Al Arabiya St.

Umer Shabib

Demolition of Sports Roundabout in June

In addition to the Al Messila tunnel and TV intersection, two tunnels beneath the Pearl interchange open today. And so does Ali bin Abi Talib St. between the Expressway and C-Ring Road.

Tunnel works

Work to overhaul Al Messila junction began in June 2015. At that time, the southern section of Jassim bin Hamad St. closed to allow for the construction of the new tunnel and intersection.

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Rendering of new Al Messila underpass with Al Rayyan Road running above Jassim bin Hamad St

The reconstructed interchange includes 2km of Al Rayyan Road, which has been widened to four lanes in each direction, increasing capacity from 5,700 to 7,600 vehicles an hour.

The new junction means traffic on Al Rayyan Road will be free-flow, from east-to-west.

The tunnel below it allows traffic coming eastbound on Al Rayyan Road to access Jassim Bin Hamad St. without having to drive to Sports intersection.

The construction of the underpass, service routes and new slip roads has been a key part of the Expressway program.

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Al Messila tunnel and intersection construction

Nearly 3,000 workers were employed on the site, Ashghal said.

They poured enough concrete to fill 4,477 Olympic sized swimming pools, and excavated 2.7 million cubic meters of material – which would fill 843 Airbus A380 aircraft.

They also laid utility lines that would extend to half the length of Qatar’s coastline, the public works authority said.

Al Rayyan Road upgrade

The new intersection is one of six multi-level junctions being built as part of the expansion of Al Rayyan Road. The project is scheduled to be finished by the end of next year.

The others, which are all under construction, include:

  • A four-level, new Rayyan interchange;
  • A new three-level junction with Al Bustan St.;
  • The four-level Lebayah interchange;
  • Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah which will span three levels; and
  • The dual level Old Al Rayyan interchange.

The first phase of the Al Rayyan Road development covered the western section of the route, some 2.9km from New Rayyan Roundabout to east of Bani Hajer Roundabout.

Will the new tunnel improve your journey? Thoughts?

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Al Rayyan Road phase 2 works

Motorists may want to avoid Al Rayyan Road near Sports Roundabout in the coming weeks as Ashghal closes a 1.4km stretch for six months.

Starting tomorrow (Jan. 5), the eastbound lane heading toward Sports Roundabout will be closed. Additionally, the two lanes going in the other direction will be reduced to one lane to accommodate eastbound traffic.

Commuters can either use this lane or a new diversion toward Al Rayyan Roundabout, as shown on the map.

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New diversion

The speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/hour during this time.

Al Rayyan road construction

Qatar’s public works authority said the closure will allow for construction of a new flyover as part of its Al Rayyan Road Upgrade project.

Once completed, the flyover will connect the 22 February St. with Al Rayyan Road (heading west).

Work on a massive QR4.5 billion upgrade of 8km of Al Rayyan Road began in 2014.

Phase 1 entails reworking the areas around Education City, while this latest diversion falls under Phase 2 of the project.

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Al Rayyan Expressway project

This involves 5.3km of road from the west of Sports R/A to the west of Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Attiyah roundabout (New Rayyan roundabout).

As with phase one, this area will also be transformed into an eight-lane expressway, with four lanes in each directions separated by a central median.

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Rendering of new Al Messila underpass with Al Rayyan Road running above Jassim bin Hamad St

Six main junctions will also be constructed – the Al Massila interchange, the Al Rayyan interchange, the Bin Zaben interchange, the Khalid bin Abdullah al-Attiyah interchange at Al Rayyan Road, the Old Rayyan interchange at Huwar Street (Furosiya) and the Lebdii interchange at Bu Erayyen road.

Work on this phase was expected to end in the third quarter of this year, but may be pushed back, as the first phase still hasn’t wrapped up.

Thoughts?

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Chantelle D'mello

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Starting Saturday morning, Dec. 27, part of Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Road near Education City will be closed until the third quarter of 2016, as part of Al Rayyan Expressway work.

The closure will affect traffic heading from Al Qalah Roundabout toward Al Wajbah Roundabout, near Qatar Foundation.

Because the existing section of road will be closed, commuters will need to use a parallel road, as shown on the map.

Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Rd. Diversion

In a statement, the public works authority added:

“In addition, road users coming from Al Qalah intersection and heading to Al Shafi Street will have to reach Al Wajbah Roundabout, take a U-Turn, and then use the right-in junction leading to Al Shafi Street. While road users coming from Al Shafi Street and heading to Al Wajbah Roundabout can use the right-out junction leading to Al Qalah Junction, then take a U-Turn to Al Wajbah Roundabout.”

Over the next two years, Ashghal will close and replace Al Qalah R/A with a signaled intersection. Al Shafi R/A will also be closed and changed to a “right-in right-out” junction.

During the construction, Al Qalah St. and Al Shafi St. will remain open, as will Al Wajbah R/b and the road leading to QF.

Expressway project

Work on the QR4.5 billion Rayyan Expressway project officially began in July. This week’s diversion is part of phase one, in which a 2.9km stretch from west of Khalid bin Abdullah al-Attiyah roundabout (New Rayyan roundabout) to the east of Bani Hajer roundabout, servicing areas around Education City, will be upgraded.

A rendering of Al Qalah intersection.

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A rendering of Al Qalah intersection.

Between now and 2016, three multi-level interchanges are expected to be built, including at:

  • The Wajbah interchange between Al Rayyan road and Al Wajbah Street;
  • The Al Shafi interchange between Al Rayyan road and Al Shafi street (a two-level interchange); and
  • The Al Qalah interchange (Castle R/A) between Al Rayyan road and Al Qalah (another two-level interchange).

When phase one is complete, the road will be turned into an eight-lane expressway, with four lanes in each direction, and 2km of peripheral roads to be constructed or upgraded.

Al Rayyan Expressway project

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Al Rayyan Expressway project

Phase two of the project encompasses 5.3km of road from the west of Sports R/A to the west of Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Attiyah roundabout (New Rayyan roundabout). Work on this phase is expected to end in the third quarter of 2017.

Will the new diversions affect you? Thoughts?