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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.


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.


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).


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.


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.



Al Kharaitiyat Interchange

A new interchange that makes it easier to get to the soon-to-open Doha Festival City and several other parts of the country has just opened to commuters.

The launch of the Al Kharaitiyat Interchange on Al Shamal Road has also been designed to improve connectivity.

For example, it should shorten travel times between Doha and Lusail, Al Rayyan, Leabib, Bani Hajer and Al Wajba, among other locations, Ashghal said.


Al Kharaitiyat Interchange

The junction has three to four lanes in each direction and eight bridges.

It replaces a single two-lane bridge and quadruples the capacity of the road so that it can now handle up to 16,000 vehicles an hour, according to officials.

In a statement, Expressway Department head Yousef Al Emadi said the interchange “connects with all areas around in the east, west, north and south.”

It is “also a free-flowing junction without road signals or roundabouts making it easier and faster for road users.”

Al Shamal Road enhancements

The interchange is part of the North Road Corridor Enhancement project, which is expected to wrap up this year.

In October, Ashghal marked another milestone in the project with the opening of the multi-level Izghawa intersection.


Izghawa intersection in north Doha.

Providing an alternative to the busy Duhail roundabout, the new junction links Duhail, Lusail City and West Bay Lagoon with districts to the west of the Expressway.

Further north on Al Shamal Road, the Al Huwaila bridge has also opened. This has made it easier for traffic from Ras Laffan Industrial City to head south toward Doha.

At the time, officials said work on the project was already 80 percent done.

Will this new interchange help you with your commute? Thoughts?


Orbital highway

A new QR3.26 billion expressway in Qatar will partially open to traffic this year, making it easier and faster for residents to travel around the country.

When finished, the 195km Orbital Highway and Truck Route will connect Ras Laffan, Al Khor and Mesaieed.

It will feature 22 major intersections using underpasses and bridges, and circumvent the need to travel through Doha. This will cut down on congestion in the capital as well.

Officials marked the first milestone of the project this week with the opening of 5km of the road between the new Hamad Port and the Truck Route.

This section includes a multi-level interchange with Mesaieed Road, Ashghal said in a statement.

Four lanes in each direction, the highway allows for free-flowing traffic without signals or roundabouts up to the Truck Route.

It can also accommodate the more than 2,500 vehicles that take the route each day, the public works authority added.

Salwa diversion

The entire project was originally slated for a 2017 completion, but Ashghal said last April that only the first lanes would open to traffic by year-end.

This week, the public works authority announced that the Mesaieed Road part of the project will be completed next month.

This will include an extension from the East West Corridor to Dukhan Highway, which goes through Salwa Road.

Ashghal said that it will commence construction on Salwa Road this week.


Salwa Road construction

The work entails converting Interchange No. 24 near the Abu Samra Border into a temporary signalized roundabout.

The goal is ultimately build a free-flowing multi-level junction for the highway project.

Work on the Salwa roundabout will take about 12 months. Though traffic will continue to flow in all directions, expect the speed limit on Salwa to fall gradually from 120km/hour to 50km/hour as you reach the roundabout.

Richard Messenger / Flickr

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

In a statement, Ashghal said this new route will likely only affect trucks traveling on the temporary truck route.

To help with this, truck drivers can take an alternative route from Salwa Road Interchange No. 17 to the Doha West Sewage Treatment Plan and the Temporary Truck Route.

Motorists are asked to follow all road signs and abide by the lowered speed limits in the area.

A few more openings

Meanwhile, by July, Ashghal said it aims to open the Orbital Highway to traffic from Dukhan Highway to Al Gharafa Road.

Other partial openings include:

  • The section between Mesaieed Road and the East West Corridor;
  • The road linking the northern entrance of Hamad Port and the Industrial Area;
  • The area between Dukhan Highway and Al Mazrooah Road; and
  • The phase from Dukhan Highway to the West of Al Shamal Road, near Al Khor City.

Will this highway help your commute? Thoughts?