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Al Rayyan Road upgrade

Motorists driving near Education City are in for some traffic relief this week following the opening of a stretch of Al Rayyan Road.

The eight-lane expressway includes 2.9km of road from west of Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Roundabout (New Al Rayyan Roundabout) to east of Bani Hajer Roundabout.

Its opening marks the completion of the first phase of the Al Rayyan Road Upgrade project, Ashghal has announced.

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Al Rayyan Road upgrade

It said the project was opened ahead of schedule, but phase one was originally slated to be completed by the end of 2016.

What it entails

The new roads are four lanes in each direction, and include some side and service streets.

However, only three lanes in each direction will be open right now as other works on the project are completed, the public works authority said in a statement.

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Al Rayyan Road upgrade

The first phase also includes three interchanges. Two of them, between Al Rayyan Road and Al Shafi St., and Al Rayyan Road and Al Qalaa St., are already completed.

The third, at Al Wajba St., will be done “soon,” Ashghal said.

Meanwhile, new and improved pedestrian and bicycle paths have been constructed to encourage people to walk and use other, more energy-efficient and sustainable means of transport.

Big picture

Work on the massive QR4.5 billion upgrade of 8km of Al Rayyan Road began in 2014.

The second phase of the project has already begun. It encompasses 5.3km of road from the west of Sports R/A to the west of Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Attiyah roundabout (New Rayyan roundabout).

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Al Rayyan Road phase 2 works

As with phase one, this area will also be transformed into an eight-lane expressway. Four lanes in each direction will be separated by a central median.

In addition, 5.4km of side and service roads will be revamped as part of this phase.

Six main junctions will also be constructed – the Al Massila interchange, the Al Rayyan interchange, the Bin Zaben interchange, the Khalid bin Abdullah al-Attiyah interchange at Al Rayyan Road, the Old Rayyan interchange at Huwar Street (Furosiya) and the Lebdii interchange at Bu Erayyen road.

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Rendering of new Al Messila underpass with Al Rayyan Road running above Jassim bin Hamad St

Work on this phase was expected to end in the third quarter of 2017. But this has now been pushed back to 2018.

Both phases will include major micro tunneling work, sewage effluent networks, and upgrades to existing electrical and telecommunication networks.

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Al Rayyan Road phase 2 works

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Al Rayyan Road phase 2 works

Starting tomorrow (March 18), part of Jassim bin Hamad Street in Al Messilah will be closed for six months, Qatar’s public works authority Ashghal has said.

A 380m section of the southbound carriageway of the road, which runs from Al Rayyan Road up past Al Rayyan Village residential compound, will be shut to allow the completion of a tunnel that runs underneath Al Rayyan Road.

Drivers in the area should leave some extra time for the diversions that will be in place for the duration of the works, which are expected to be completed by mid-September.

Jassim bin Hamad Street closure

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Jassim bin Hamad Street closure

Traffic heading south onto Al Rayyan Road will need to make a u-turn at the roundabout on Jassim bin Hamad St., then turn right onto Al Rashid St. and right again to Al Yamama St.

Drivers going from Sports Roundabout to Jassim bin Hamad St. should turn right off of Al Rayyan Road onto Al Yamama St., then left onto Al Rashid St., the public works authority said in a statement.

Works on that stretch of road have been underway since last summer, when the southern end of Jassim bin Hamad Street was shut in both directions for three months.

While one lane reopened southbound on the street, the northbound lanes have remained closed.

Al Rayyan Road

The latest closure is to facilitate the completion of a tunnel that will enable Jassim bin Hamad St. to run underneath the newly-widened Al Rayyan Road.

It is part of a new, three-level intersection at Al Messila to improve traffic flow in the busy area and alleviate existing heavy congestion around Sports Roundabout.

Rendering of new Al Messila underpass with Al Rayyan Road running above Jassim bin Hamad St

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Rendering of new Al Messila underpass with Al Rayyan Road running above Jassim bin Hamad St.

Once complete, the new junction will mean traffic on Al Rayyan Road will be free-flow, from east-to-west, with an underpass below it that would allow traffic coming eastbound on Al Rayyan Road to access Jassim Bin Hamad St. without having to drive to Sports Roundabout.

The underpass will also allow vehicles heading southbound along Jassim Bin Hamad St. to reach Sports Roundabout without having to pass through the Expressway Roundabout, Ashghal said.

Once completed next year, the overhauled 5.5km eastern section of Al Rayyan Road aims to increase capacity to 5,000 vehicles per hour in each direction with an eight-lane dual carriageway and six major interchanges.

Some 6km of side roads and 11km of service roads will also be reconstructed, and there will be new lighting and a storm drainage network in addition to cycle routes and pathways.

“The benefits of this project is to improve the traffic safety, cut travel times and the number of priority controlled junctions will provide improved access to other key roads and residential areas,” Ashghal said.

Works to the road, which started in February 2014, are expected to be complete by Q3 2017 2018.

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Note: This article was edited to reflect the completion date for the Al Rayyan Road works (phase 2) as 2018. The date Q3 2017 is incorrectly stated on the organization’s website.