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New pedestrian paths, 2,800 more parking spots and 86 additional streets have been added to the busy northern part of Qatar’s New Slata area, Ashghal has announced.

The 1.72 square km area falls between C-Ring and D-Ring road to the north and south, and Salwa and Rawdat Al Khail roads to the east and west.

According to the public works authority, the new streets should make it easier for residents and visitors to get to the main roads.


New Slata overhaul

The area is often congested because it is home to four schools, a kindergarten, five mosques and around 70 commercial buildings, Ashghal added in a statement.

A rainwater flooding solution has also been incorporated into the area, as well as 659 lighting poles with energy saving bulbs.

Ali Bin Talib St.

Meanwhile, work continues on Ali Bin Abi Talib St., which runs parallel to Salwa Road and connects C-Ring and D-Ring roads.

The project entails boosting the capacity of the road by widening the lanes and service roads in each direction.

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The overhaul was expected to take until the end of this year. But Ashghal said this week that it will be done by September.



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Commuters in and around the Katara Cultural Village and Pearl-Qatar area will see new diversions in place this week as work on the Lusail Expressway continues.

According to Ashghal, the traffic signal at the intersection of Legtaifiya and Lusail streets (also known as Katara signal) will be closed starting Wednesday for the next six months.

This means motorists will no longer will be able to turn left at Katara junction onto Legtaifiya St.


New diversions near Katara

They are instead advised to go straight and make a u-turn after the South Canal Crossing Bridge. They can then turn right on Legtaifiya St.

For those heading to the Pearl from Legtaifiya St., Lagoona Mall or Lusail City, Ashghal advises using a new u-turn above the recently opened Onaiza tunnel. They can then continue onto Lusail St. to the Pearl.

Free-flowing traffic

In some ways, the new diversions will help facilitate better traffic flow.

For example, the temporary roundabout near the Diplomatic Club has been removed, as has the signal there.


Tunnel at Onaiza interchange on Lusail Expressway

This combined with the Onaiza interchange and a new flyover at Al Khaleej Al Gharbi should help facilitate free-flow traffic for motorists heading from the Pearl toward West Bay, Ashghal said.

Going toward West Bay

Meanwhile, those leaving Katara will no longer be able to go straight to Legtaifiya St. or left toward West Bay.

Instead, they will need turn right onto Lusail St. and make a u-turn after the South Canal Crossing Bridge.

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They can then drive straight and either take the first right onto Legtaifiya St. or continue to West Bay.

Finally, the Legtaifiya Lagoon Residential Area can now only be accessed through Lusail City.

Signs will be up to advise of the modified road layouts, and the speed limit has been reduced to 50km/h for safety.

Lusail Expressway

The new diversions will allow Ashghal to open multiple tunnels on Lusail Expressway in the coming months.

Work on the QR3.5 billion project began in 2012, and the first phase opened in April.


Rendering of Al Wahda arches

When completed by early 2018, it will link Doha’s business district with the new city of Lusail through an extensive overhaul of the old Al Istiqlal Road.

The new 5.3km route will eventually have four lanes in each direction, with additional turn lanes and three multi-level intersections at the Pearl, Onaiza and Al Wahda.

Will the new diversions affect you? Thoughts?


New TV intersection

Motorists, take note: the busy TV Roundabout will be closed to all traffic until 4pm this afternoon, Ashghal has announced.

This is so the public works authority can complete phase 1 of the roundabout’s transformation into a signal-controlled intersection.

The junction closed yesterday afternoon for the completion works. But starting tonight, three lanes will be open for traffic in all directions.

Ashghal will then get started on the second and last phase, which entails completing additional turn lanes, as well as widening the roads to four lanes in all directions.

This is expected to be completed by Eid Al Adha in early September, the authority said.

Bye bye roundabouts

TV Roundabout, which is so named because it sits at the corner of Al Jazeera Media Network’s headquarters, is one of the last and most congested junctions to be tackled by Ashghal.

Over the past few years, the public works authority has already converted the roundabouts near it, including Oryx, Burger King, Lejbailat and Dahl Al Hammam, into signalized intersections.

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Demolition of Sports Roundabout

Sports Roundabout in Al Sadd is also currently being razed to make way for another signalized intersection.