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Motorists traveling to and from Dafna/West Bay and the Pearl/Katara will notice some big traffic changes this week as work continues on Lusail Expressway.

Starting Thursday, the junction connecting Omar Al Mukhtar St. to Lusail St. will be permanently closed, Ashghal has announced.

The move will help the public works authority as it prepares to open a new flyover on the same day.


New diversions

Ashghal called it the Al Khaleej Al Gharbi flyover, but the junction was previously known as Al Wahda and then West Bay interchange.

It is the same area where iconic arches are being built to replace the “rainbow” that stood at the now-razed roundabout in the same area.


Rendering of Al Wahda arches

When the flyover opens, three lanes in one direction will facilitate free flow traffic from Lusail to Dafna/West Bay.

But many commuters heading from University St. toward the Pearl area will need to take a more circuitous route than usual.

What’s changed

Ashghal has advised motorists heading in the following directions to allot extra time for their journeys, especially during peak traffic hours:

  • Commuters heading from University (Al Jamiaa St.) toward Dafna/West Bay and the Pearl will need to continue on Omar Al Mukhtar St., and then follow the signs to make a U-turn that either takes them straight toward West Bay, or left toward the Pearl.
  • Commuters heading from Dafna/West Bay to University St. should continue straight along Lusail St., take the Old Exhibition Center exit and then make a U-turn above Onaiza tunnel. Then continue straight and exit onto the new road to get onto Omar Al Mukhtar St. heading toward University St. (be sure to stay in the far right lane).

Those driving from West Bay/Dafna toward the Pearl will remain unaffected. And motorists going from the Pearl toward Dafna can use the new Onaiza Tunnel and the new flyover.

Notably, the speed limit has been reduced to 50km/hour in that entire area, Ashghal said.

Lusail Expressway update

Work on the QR3.5 billion Lusail Expressway began in 2012. When completed by early 2018, it will link Doha’s business district with the new city of Lusail through an extensive overhaul of the old Al Istiqlal Road.

Last month, the first phase of the expressway opened to traffic.

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Opening of Onaiza tunnel on Lusail Expressway

The Onaiza Interchange tunnel bypasses the traffic lights in front of the former Doha Exhibition Center. This has sped up commutes to Katara and the Pearl-Qatar from West Bay.

The new 5.3km route will eventually have four lanes in each direction, with additional turn lanes and three multi-level intersections at the Pearl, Onaiza and Al Wahda.

Will the new diversions affect you? Thoughts?

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Sports Roundabout

One of Qatar’s last and most congested roundabouts will be demolished this year and replaced with a signal-controlled intersection, a senior Ashghal official has said.

Work on Sports Roundabout in Al Sadd will begin within months, said Salem Al-Shawi, assistant director of Road Projects at Ashghal.

Speaking to Al Sharq this week, he said construction will start with the dismantling of the iconic sports-themed sculpture in the middle of the junction.

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TV roundabout construction

“The Sports intersection and TV intersection will be completed before the end of this year,” Al-Shawi added.

Al Rayyan Road overhaul

Sports R/A isn’t the only thing getting overhauled in that area. Ashghal is also working on a massive QR4.5 billion upgrade of 8km of Al Rayyan Road.

The second phase of the project is now underway and 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).


A rendering of what the upgraded Al Rayyan Road might look like

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. Six main junctions are also being constructed.

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

TV Roundabout

Meanwhile, Ashghal began work on TV Roundabout last month. However, most closures and detours are not expected to take effect until this summer.

That junction should be up and running by the start of the new school year in September, officials previously said.

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Oryx Roundabout

Over the past few years, Ashghal has already converted the roundabouts nearby, 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.

Are you going to miss Sports R/A? Thoughts?

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A QR700 million project to overhaul the northern-most city of Qatar is now underway, Ashghal has announced.

Work in Al Shamal from Al Ruwais to Aba Dhelouf will proceed in phases over the next two years.

It will eventually result in new and revamped roads, a better sewage network and more sidewalks, the works authority said.


Al Shamal Road work

Over the past several years, work has already been underway on the main road leading from Doha to Al Shamal.

That development, dubbed the North Road Corridor Enhancement, is expected to be completed later this year.

Growing town

Ashghal’s new Shamal project comes a few years after the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) disclosed plans to revamp the town to make it more visitor-friendly.

In 2013, the QTA said its project would include the construction of a modern harbor. It also planned to develop the area’s archeological heritage, which dates back to pre-Islamic times.


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However, this was still back when organizers wanted to build a World Cup stadium in Al Shamal, which is no longer the case.

That said, the city is growing and Ashghal said its plan is to build it out before more people move there.

Some 9,000 residents currently live in the area, which is some 100km north of Doha, according to 2015 government figures.

That’s more than double the number of people in Al Shamal in 2004.

What the work entails

As part of its project, Ashghal will “rehabilitate” some 80km of deteriorating roads, and add 40km of new internal roads that may lead to vacant areas for now.

A dozen new intersections are also going up before 2019, as are 4,500 lighting poles and 8,000 carparks.


Construction in Al Shamal

Additionally, some 1,000 signboards will be installed around the city to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.

As work commences, Ashghal has pledged to minimize noise and dust for residents, schools and business owners.

It’s also putting up safety barriers to separate residential and work areas.