Work has begun on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, a 25km road project in Qatar from Hamad International Airport to Umm Lekhba Interchange (known as Landmark Interchange) on Doha Expressway, coinciding with the celebrations of Kuwait’s National Day.
Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor is the first in Qatar to be called ‘corridor’ instead of a road due to its importance and specifications of its unique construction, recognise Kuwait support, and strengthen bonds between Qatar and Kuwait.
The 25km corridor is expected to be completed in 2021. It will include total works of 37km and have the first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar, in addition to the largest intersection, longest bridge, and deepest and longest bi-directional tunnel.
The first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar will have a length of 1,200m, extending from Mesaimeer Road to Al Bustan Street and crossing over Halul Intersection on Mesaimeer Road and Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection on Salwa Road.
The corridor will be the home to the longest flyover in the country, which spans 2.6km, extending from Al Bustan Street to Bu Erayyen Street and crossing over Al Waab Street and Rasheeda Street.
The largest interchange in Qatar, the Umm Lekhba (Landmark) Interchange,will have nine bridges, which will provide a free flow of traffic in all directions.
The project also includes the recently opened Al Rayyan Road, which is the longest and deepest bi-directional tunnel in Qatar. It is located 25mbelow ground level and extends for 2.1km, connecting Bu Erayyen Street and Lebday Street.
Work on the corridor will include upgradesto seven main roads to provide an alternative route to the 22 February Street and a double traffic capacity, which will also link traffic from the south of the country to the north via Doha by linking the Doha Expressway with the southern part of it (Al Wakra Bypass).
The new corridor will include several multi-level interchanges, which will relieve traffic on Doha Expressway, provide smooth traffic flow between south and north of Doha as well as reduce the travel time by up to 70%.
It will also provide a direct connection to Hamad International Airport as well as a link to 15 major expressways and ring roads to serve economic, commercial, health and education facilities across Doha.
Launched in 2018, the corridor project includes four contracts, which will upgrade Its scope includes the upgrade of seven (7) main roads namely, E Ring, F Ring, Mesaimeer, Al Bustan, Bu Erayyen, Lebday and sections of Al Markhiya Street and is expected to be completed by 2021.
In addition, Ashghal will enhance 12km of local and peripheral roads intersecting with the corridor.
The current road layout has up to three lanes in each direction, which will be upgraded to between fourand five lanes in each direction, which will accommodate approximately 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions on the corridor.
The Doha Expressway currently accommodates 12,000 vehicles per hour, which will improve traffic movement in the surrounding areas.
The corridor will also provide access to most of the World Cup FIFA 2022 stadiums as well as access to some of Doha Metro stations such as the Economic Zone, Al Waab and Old Rayyan.
Image: Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and Kuwaiti Emir representative Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah at the inauguration of work on the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor project. Photo: Courtesy of Ashghal.