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New Qatar highways make headway

May 2016

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) sAaid work was progressing well on its key highway projects, namely the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route and the East-West Corridor.

Two main lanes of the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route are set to open for traffic by the end of 2017. The project is located to the west, north and south of Doha, and will see the construction of around 200 km of new dual carriageway stretching from Mesaieed in the south to the west of Al Khor in the north. The Orbital road will feature 22 main interchanges, including bridges and underpasses, that will connect it to the main roads and expressways of the East-West Corridor Project, Salwa Road, Dukhan Highway, and Al Shamal Road, said Ashghal.  

Meanwhile, the East-West Corridor is due for completion in the second quarter of 2017. The scope of work includes construction of 22 km of a new dual carriageway on the expressway which will feature five lanes in each direction stretching from the west of Barwa City to Al Matar Street south of the Air Force Roundabout, said Ashghal.

The project includes eight grade-separated interchanges that will provide new access to key roads and residential areas such as Al Matar Street, Najma Street extension, Barwa Access Road, F-Ring Road, the Orbital Highway and Al Wakra Bypass, it added. The project forms a fundamental part of the Expressway Programme providing better connectivity between the southern areas, Hamad International Airport, and New Doha Port and forming a free-flowing traffic route bypassing Doha city.

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