Qatar Public Works Authority Ashghal has commenced work valued at QAR600m ($164m) to upgrade the Al Wakra main road, which extends for 9km.
Ashghal intends to complete works on the road network in the southern area of the country after the recent openings of roads such as G-Ring Road, Southern Part of Doha Express Highway, Hamad Port Road and the Orbital Road, which is nearing completion.
The road works will begin at the Airport Interchange on G-Ring Road and conclude at Mesaieed Road and Waab Behair Intersection in the southern part of Doha Express Highway.
The works will include widening of the road to three lanes to accommodate 6,000 vehicles per hour in each direction; construction of four new intersections and upgrading the existing roundabouts to signal-controlled intersections.
A tunnel will also be constructed to provide a free traffic flow in both directions. Bicycle and pedestrian paths for 6.1km from the airport interchange to the Ras Bufuntas Train Station will also be constructed.
The Al Wakra main road will create a link between Doha and Al Wakra, as it is directly connected to G-Ring Road and the southern part of Doha Express Highway ‘Al Wakra Bypass’ to Mesaieed Road.
The main road will also be integrated with the Qatar Rail Metro Station to develop an efficient transportation network.
Scheduled to be completed in 2020, work on the Al Wakra main road will be carried out in three stages.
The first stage begins at Barwa village, located at the Airport Interchange in the north, to Al Wakra road and Ras Bufentas station, with works extending over 1.8km on a three-lane stretch in both directions, and 840 metres of subways north of Al Wakra main road.
The second stage begins at former Al Wakra roundabout until Pearl roundabout, for 1.9km and will include three lanes in each direction, and a 160-metre tunnel under the main Al Wakra Qatar Rail Station.
The third stage begins near Pearl roundabout and extends up to Woqod Petrol Station towards the city of Mesaieed. Work includes development of the 5.5km road from Al Wakra main road; conversion of Pearl, Ooredoo and Wadi Afja roundabouts to signal-controlled intersections; and construction of a junction in Al Razi Street.
Road will be closed for traffic going to Doha from Al Meshaf and Al Wukair areas from 27 October 2018 until the first quarter of 2020.
Image: Map showing the traffic diversion to enable works on Al Wakra road. Photo: Courtesy of Ashghal.