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Classic car parade held to mark opening of G-Ring Road.

A new expressway that is expected to cut commuting time to Hamad International Airport (HIA), the Religious Complex and the Industrial Area has officially opened to traffic.

The QR4 billion G-Ring Road is south of Doha, and in part runs parallel to Salwa Road.

It is 22km long and stretches from near the airport to the new Orbital Highway, Ashghal said.

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G-Ring Road

The road has five lanes in each direction and contains eight main interchanges, some of them four levels high.

Because there are no roundabouts or signals, the expressway is expected to cut commuting times in half for traffic heading from Salwa, Al Rayyan or Dukhan to HIA, according to Ashghal.

Wakrah/Wukair

The road sits off of Barwa Village, Barwa City, Barwa Al Baraha, the Qatar Racing Club and the upcoming Logistics Village.

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G-Ring interchanges

Later this year, Al Wakrah and Wukair residents will be able to benefit from the road after the Al Wakrah Bypass opens, officials said.

G-Ring will be linked to the bypass through the new Umm Beshr Interchange, a four-level 36m junction that includes the tallest bridge in Qatar.

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Wakrah/Wukair links

However, there were some reports of traffic jams on the bridge last night in the area.

Meanwhile, some 48km of pedestrian and cyclist paths are also part of the road.

All of G-Ring’s interchanges should be completely finished by July, Ashghal said.

Have you tried G-Ring yet? Thoughts?

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TV roundabout construction

One of Qatar’s last and busiest major roundabouts is being razed to make way for a new signalized intersection, Ashghal has announced.

Work on TV Roundabout began earlier this week, raising questions about whether diversions would affect traffic in the area.

However, the public works authority said in a statement yesterday that work will remain within the roundabout for the next two months.

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TV Roundabout construction

It added that most upcoming detours and closures will take place over the summer.

The aim is to finish construction of the signal by this fall, ahead of the start of the new academic year for most children.

What’s coming up

However, once that’s done, Ashghal has ambitious plans to widen the streets leading up to the junction.

Khalifa St., Abdul Aziz bin Jassim St. and Ahmed bin Ali St. will all be expanded from three to four main lanes.

Protected right turn lanes will also be added at all four turning points, and new pedestrian crossings are coming up on each side of the intersection.

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TV Roundabout overhaul

To make room for the extra lanes, several buildings are being demolished in the area.

Last year, at least a dozen businesses in two main buildings, one on the corner of Abdul Aziz bin Jassim St. and the other across the road on Khalifa St., were given notice by the government to vacate the premises.

Meanwhile, Ashghal said it is also planning to convert two roundabouts on Abdul Aziz bin Jassim St. into signalized intersections.

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.

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Oryx Roundabout

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.

This year, it is also advancing on plans to dismantle Slope Roundabout near Education City, to make way for a new two-level intersection.

The work is part of the QR6.9 billion Dukhan Highway East project.

Thoughts?

Doha News

Opening of Onaiza tunnel on Lusail Expressway

One of the main sections of the new, multi-billion riyal Lusail Expressway opened to motorists yesterday, speeding up commutes to Katara and the Pearl-Qatar.

The launch of the Onaiza Interchange tunnel comes after more than four years of construction work on the 5.5km route, which will connect Lusail City with Dafna/West Bay.

The entire road should fully open to traffic by January 2018, Qatar’s public works authority said.

So far, three lanes in each direction are open on the 630m-long tunnel, which bypasses the traffic lights in front of the former Doha Exhibition Center.

Construction continues on the remainder of the intersection, which eventually will have an additional lane in each direction.

The junction will also include a flyover that will connect Onaiza St. with Katara, the St. Regis, the InterContinental hotel and Al Gassar Resort.

The tunnel has been designed with Qatar’s fishing and pearl-diving heritage in mind.

The patterns on the tunnel walls resemble a fishing net and ripples of a diver underwater, Ashghal said in a statement.

Expressway timeline

Onaiza interchange, which Ashghal said has opened “four months ahead of schedule,” is one of three multi-level intersections on the new highway.

The public works authority has also outlined a timeline for the opening of the remainder of the route in nine months’ time.

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Opening of Onaiza tunnel on Lusail Expressway

The main flyover at West Bay interchange, which Ashghal previously called Al Wahda interchange, will open this June.

Meanwhile, work continues on the rest of the three-level junction to create a non-stop route between West Bay and Katara, and beyond.

Then in September, two tunnels at the Pearl interchange will open, which should mean quicker journeys between the island and the new expressway.

This should come as a welcome relief to Pearl commuters. Since the main works started to the highway in late 2012, the road to the island has been beset by diversions and heavy congestion, particularly at peak hours.

After the initial opening, further works will continue at this junction. It will eventually link Legtaifiya (West Bay) Lagoon with Lagoona Mall, Zig-Zag residential towers and the hotels in the area.

The partially opened North Canal Crossing Bridge

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The partially opened North Canal Crossing Bridge

North of Lagoona, the North and South Canal Crossings will also fully open.

They part-opened last November, providing two lanes in each direction. Once complete, the 200m-long North crossing will have six lanes in each direction and will link up with Lusail City and beyond.

The South crossing is 125m long and will have eight lanes in each direction. Both will have waterfalls on the side, Ashghal said.

Final plans

When fully complete, the QR6 billion expressway should provide a quick route between Doha’s main business district of Dafna/West Bay and the under-construction Lusail City.

Four lanes in each direction, plus adjacent service roads, should more than double the capacity of the old route – from 3,600 vehicles an hour to 8,000 per hour, Ashghal said.

In addition, there will be 6.5km of cycle routes and pathways for pedestrians.

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Rendering of Al Wahda arches

The authority’s latest update on progress on the expressway does not mention when the Al Wahda arches, by the West Bay interchange, are expected to be completed.

These two arcs, which dominate the skyline in the area, were originally planned to link with a hanging pod that was supposed to be a visitors’ center.

However, a number of sources have said plans for the center have since been scrapped. Previously, the completion date for the structure was last June.

Will the new Onaiza tunnel help your commute? Thoughts?