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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.

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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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Ashghal will partially close the Corniche in two stages this weekend for maintenance works.

Starting early Friday morning (Aug. 25) at 1am, traffic near the Post Office that is heading away from the Sheraton hotel toward the Ministry of Interior will be diverted.

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First stage of works

Motorists will instead need to turn right onto Al Markhiya St. to get to Lekhwair Intersection, then U-turn to get back on the Corniche.

Once maintenance on that side of the road is done, Ashghal will close the slip roads that provide access to and from Al Markhiya St.

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Second stage of works

Motorists can instead turn onto Al Markhiya St. directly from the Post Office intersection.

Works will continue until Saturday evening.

Revamp of Corniches

Earlier this week, the public works authority announced plans to add public bathrooms, a car park and pedestrian paths on the Corniche.

It said works will span from the Museum of Islamic Art to West Bay.

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Souq Wakrah Corniche

Ashghal also plans to add the same amenities to Al Wakrah beach in early 2018.

But before that, it will conduct maintenance work on the Corniche in Al Khor at the end of this year.

Thoughts?

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New Hamad Port Road

It should now be easier to drive between Doha, Hamad Port and Al Wakrah following the launch of two new main roads to the south of the capital.

This week, an 11km southern extension to the existing Doha Expressway was connected to the recently-opened G-Ring Road with Mesaieed Road.

The new route means traffic in the area no longer needs to travel through the main road in Al Wakrah.

This should improve congestion in the town and cut in half the journey time between the increasingly popular area and Doha, Ashghal said.

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Benefits of Hamad Port Road and Doha Expressway southern extension

Commuters had previously complained about long traffic snarls in the area due to lack of capacity on the roads.

It’s also now easier to get to and from Hamad Port, after a new 14km road opened linking to G-Ring Road.

The route cuts travel times between the Industrial Area and the port. This means food and goods can be transported more efficiently from the docks to supermarket shelves and construction projects around the country.

Expressway extension

The new, southern extension of the Doha Expressway runs for 11km from the south of Al Wakrah to the junction with G-Ring Road, a QR4 billion project that was completed in April this year.

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Doha Expressway southern extension

According to Ashghal, this road will eventually be linked with the existing sections of the Expressway. Currently, this ends at a junction with E-Ring Road.

So far, four of five lanes in each direction are open to traffic. Final works are still underway on the five interchanges on the route, which are expected to be finished in the coming months.

Once completed, these multi-level interchanges should improve connections between the increasingly popular southern residential districts of Al Wakrah and Al Wukair, and central Doha.

Ashghal said the project also includes:

  • 20 bridges,
  • One tunnel,
  • Eight underpasses, and
  • 42km of new pedestrian and cycle paths.

Hamad Port Road

A new 14km stretch of road has also opened to traffic to improve access between Hamad Port, the Orbital highway and the Industrial Area.

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Hamad Port Road

The road is four lanes in each direction and runs from Um Al Houl interchange by the port, south of Al Wakrah, up to G-Ring Road.

With a capacity of 8,000 vehicles an hour, the new route should cut journey times by about 15 percent, according to the public works authority.

Will the new roads improve your commute? Thoughts?