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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?

Civil Defense signal

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Civil Defense signal, leading to Onaiza Street

Two sets of road diversions will get underway this weekend in central Doha and just north of the city, Ashghal has advised.

The first will take place on a stretch of Onaiza Street (also called Al Khaleej Street) which connects Civil Defense intersection with Qasr Al Marmar roundabout, near the Rumailah Hospital.

The closure is to allow the final layer of resurfacing to the road, the public works authority said in a statement.

Onaiza Street diversions

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Onaiza Street diversions

The southbound lanes of the route, which runs past the Ministry of Public Health headquarters, will close from 1am on Friday (Oct. 28) until 5am on Saturday (Oct. 29).

Traffic will be diverted via Mohammed bin Thani Street on to Al Bidda Street and then to Rumaila Street.

The busy Civil Defense junction was reconfigured over the summer to create a signal-controlled intersection, which opened to traffic last month.

As part of the works, the surrounding roads have been resurfaced.

Al Shamal Road

In a separate set of works, a three-month long diversion will begin on Friday (Oct. 28) on the Al Shamal Road, between the interchanges at Al Kheesa and Al Kharaitiyat.

Al Shamal Road diversions

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Al Shamal Road diversions

A 4km stretch of southbound lanes heading into Doha will close and traffic will be diverted to the northbound lanes.

Three lanes will remain open in each direction, although these will be narrower than usual, Ashghal said.

This work is to enable the construction of a new flyover.

Thoughts?

Motorists in Al Khor will ve diverted to local roads as Al Delah roundabout is closed until Oct. 11 when it will reopen as an intersection

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Al Khor diversion

Diversions will be in place in Al Khor as Al Delah roundabout closes from today, (Oct. 5) for six days to allow final construction works to convert it to an intersection.

Drivers in the area will have to take alternative local routes until the new signal-controlled junction reopens on Oct. 11, Ashghal said in a statement.