Expressway projects enhance connectivity in southern areas
January 19 2018 10:03 PM
Expressway projects


Express Highway projects implemented in Qatar's southern areas include the main road and its five interchanges that were opened to traffic recently to provide an additional option for road users’ between Al Wakrah, Al Wukair, Al Mashaf, and Doha.

The opening of the southern stretch of Doha Express Highway (Al Wakrah bypass road) has made a significant change in the traffic movement in the area by attracting a big number of vehicles which used to pass through Al Wakrah city via Al Wakrah main road to reach Doha in the north or to reach Mesaieed in the south.
Al Wakrah main road currently comprises only two lanes in each direction. However, with the construction of Doha Express Highway, which includes five lanes in each direction, road users can now bypass traffic through Al Wakrah city. This will reduce traffic congestion significantly and provide a direct and easy access to G-Ring Road and to Hamad International Airport (HIA) or Doha, or to the southern areas of Mesaieed and Hamad Port as Doha Express Highway is directly linked to Orbital Road.
Doha Express Highway is located west of Al Wakrah city and begins near Al Mashaf road in the north and extends for 11km to Mesaieed road in the south. The main road consists of five lanes in each direction, and five multi-level interchanges including bridges, underpasses, pedestrian and cycle paths with a total length of 87km. The total cost of the project reached more than QR2bn.
G-Ring Road is one of the key links of expressway network providing additional options for traffic movement. It is also linked to Orbital Highway and the southern part of Doha Express Highway (Al Wakrah bypass road).
G-Ring Road also serves numerous neighbourhoods and residential and commercial facilities in Al Wakrah, Al Wukair, Al Thumama, and other areas being linked to the southern part of Doha Express Highway at the four-level Umm Bishr interchange which comprises the highest bridge in Qatar, at 36m.
The road had a significant positive impact on the traffic movement in the country’s southern areas. It extends over 22km from HIA to Orbital Highway, and includes five lanes in each direction and 48km of pedestrian and cycle paths, surrounded by landscaping works.
Orbital Road and Hamad Port Road: The first phase of New orbital Highway and Truck Route for a distance of 125km, from Hamad Port to Al Shamal Road towards Lusail and Al Khor was opened last year.
The road serves several municipalities, including Al Rayyan, Al Khor and Al Thakhira, Al Wakrah, Umm Slal and Al Sheehaniya and provides better and direct access between residential neighbourhoods and business and industrial areas, such as Logistics Village and Industrial Area in Doha.
The road is contributing greatly to enhancing trade and road traffic across the entire area. Upon completion, Orbital Road will shorten travel time by approximately 50%.
The 14km-long road connecting Hamad Port with G-Ring Road has also been opened. It includes four lanes in each direction, easing the movement of trucks between Hamad Port and Industrial Area, enhancing the movement of goods to all areas of the country. The road is considered a major corridor that reduces journey times considerably.

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