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Chantelle D'mello

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Head’s up, motorists in Najma – there are six weeks of road closures and diversions coming your way at a key intersection on Airport Road.

The detours come as Ashghal continues to work on upgrading the underground sewage network. It will close the junction of Airport Road (Al Matar St.) and Al Mansoura St. on Monday, Feb. 29 in two stages.

Al Mansoura-Al Matar Street diversions

Ashghal

Al Mansoura-Al Matar Street diversions

In addition to affecting Airport Road traffic, which will be diverted for three weeks, motorists on Al Mansoura St. will face six weeks of diversions while the aging pipelines in the busy district undergo reconstruction, the public works authority said in a statement.

During this time, the left turn from Al Mansoura St. onto Airport Road will be closed. Instead, drivers will need to turn right onto Najma Intersection (Toyota signal) and make a U-turn onto Airport Road.
 
Toyota Signal

Ashghal

Toyota Signal

Meanwhile, the left turn from Airport Road onto Al Mansoura Street will also be closed. Traffic will be diverted to Al Doha Al Jadeeda intersection (Crazy Signal), required to make a U-turn onto Airport Road, then turn right onto Al Mansoura St.

Additionally, eastbound lanes on Airport Road, leading from the Al Doha Al Jadeeda Intersection toward Najma Intersection, will be reduced from three to two lanes near Al Mansoura junction, and will return back to three lanes after the intersection. The westbound three lanes on Airport Road will continue to operate as normal.
 
Al Mansoura St. will remain open with one lane in each direction, but during the diversions the existing on-street parking on Al Mansoura St. will be restricted for 300m from the intersection, Ashghal said.

Sewage upgrade

The outdated sewage network in the area has been undergoing an ovehaul in stages for the last 18 months, after residents complained that the drainage system in the neighborhood frequently backed up with sewage.

Flooding in Najma.

Chantelle D'mello

Flooding in Najma.

Ashghal said that the older system was built for a much smaller population and that it was insufficient to handle the needs of the large number of new residents in the area.

The project includes the replacement of over 20km of pipelines, 500 sewer manholes and 1,000 house and commercial connections.

It covers southern Doha, bordered by B-Ring Road in the north, C-Ring Road in the south, Airport Road in the east and Najma Street in the west.

Once completed, the new drainage system is expected to last the area some 50 years, Ashghal said. It will also feature efficient, environmentally friendly pump stations with fewer emissions.

Thoughts?

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Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

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Motorists heading to the Wholesale Market and the residential districts of Abu Hamour, Ain Khalid and Al Thumama should expect delays over the coming four weekends.

According to Ashghal, a busy stretch of Wholesale Market Street will be temporarily closed in phases over the next month as it continues on works to build new dual carriageways to improve capacity.

 

The first closure takes effect at 11pm tonight and lasts until 4am on Sunday, Feb. 28. The street will be closed in both directions between the Al Jazeera Academy entrance and the Mesaimeer passport and immigration office.

Part-closure of Wholesale Market Street

Ashghal

Part-closure of Wholesale Market Street

The same section of the road will also be closed for the same hours over the following three weekends, Ashghal said in a statement.

This includes:

  • Thursday, March 3, from 11pm until Sunday, March 6;
  • Thurday, March 10 from 11pm until Sunday, March 13; and
  • Thursday, March 17 from 11pm until Sunday March 20.

Diversions will be in place taking drivers along Rawdat Al Khail Street and Al Erbayyat Street, but they are likely to take additional time and motorists in the area should expect the surrounding roads to be busier while the closures are in place.

Ongoing works

The closures are to enable the construction of 8 km of new dual carriageway on Abu Hamour Road/Al Muntazah Street from East Industrial Road Interchange to Al Woqood Interchange and 2 km dual carriageway on F ring road from Woqod Interchange to Al Jazeera Interchange, an Ashghal spokesperson said.

“This project will provide important strategic connections from the Industrial Area into the centre of Doha and Barwa City, and link F-Ring Road to Wholesale Market Road and Mesaimeer Street,” the spokesperson added in a statement.

The same stretch of road was also shut for two consecutive weekends in December.

 Mesaimeer junction steel bridge

Ashghal

Mesaimeer junction steel bridge

The adjoining stretch of Mesaimeer Road, from near the Pakistan Education Center to the Woqod petrol station roundabout has already been shut since mid-2013 while road connections south, towards the Religious complex, are upgraded.

The road construction is set to be completed this year, Ashghal said at the time.

To help with some of the traffic congestion in the busy area, which includes a lot of schools, a temporary steel bridge was opened over the Mesaimeer junction in October 2014.

Thoughts?

Dukhan Highway East

Ashghal

Dukhan Highway East

A stretch of Al Luqta Street near the Qatar National Convention Center and Qatar Academy will be closed for nearly two years as part of the ongoing overhaul of the Dukhan Road, Ashghal has said.

A 1.7km length of the street heading westbound (out of Doha) will be shut to traffic from tomorrow (Feb. 12) for 22 months. This will include the roundabout in front of Qatar Academy which is currently used by traffic to access Education City.

Diversion on Al Luqta Street

Ashghal

Diversion on Al Luqta Street

Motorists in the area should expect some delays, as diversions will take traffic instead on to Gharrafat Al Rayyan Street and Al Terhab Street, before re-joining the main road near the Bani Hajer u-turn, the public works authority said in a statement.

Traffic heading eastbound (into Doha) is not affected by the works, it added.

The works are part of Ashghal’s Dukhan Highway East, a new arterial route between Dukhan and central Doha.

This involves reconstructing 11km of the road from Bani Hajer to Slope Roundabout to create four lanes in each direction, upgrading the service roads and constructing seven multi-level interchanges to improve traffic flow on the route.

The project, which began in October 2011, is expected to take until next summer to complete.

A separate package of works had been undertaken to another stretch of the Dukhan Road – Dukhan Highway Central – which opened in July 2014.

That 9km route between Al Rayyan stadium roundabout and Al Shahaniya improved the road to create an eight-lane highway with hard shoulders and service routes.

Cycle lanes and two camel underpasses were also installed.

Will these works affect your commute? Thoughts?