Ashghal Qatar - Public Works Authority has just announced the opening of the first flyover bridge at the Umm Lekhba Interchange (I/C) with a length of 820 metres within the work of the Sabah Al Ahmad project on Saturday 2 November 2019, to provide free flow of traffic from Al Gharrafa to Doha and a parallel route to 22 February Street, according to Ashghal.
On this occasion, a number of officials paid an inspection visit to get acquainted with the latest developments of the Umm Lekhba intersection and the new flyover, including the Director of Projects of Ashghal, the director of the highways department, representatives of traffic, the Central Municipal Council, a number of Ashghal engineers and the executing company.
Ashghal's Engineer Mashael Golovi said 75% of the development of the Umm Lekhba I/C has been completed as the construction of a huge and vital intersection is underway around the clock, so that a second flyover can be opened by the end of 2019 followed by other openings in 2020.
The new flyover bridge connects the new Al Hateem Street at Al Gharrafa with 22 Feb St. and Al Gharrafa (Passport) Interchange towards Doha which will reduce travel time. It offers an alternative route for those arriving from the area's commercial facilities and businesses who will get direct access to 22 February Street.
This new flyover will improve traffic in the region. It will accommodate about 1,500 vehicles per hour to serve the arrivals from the Izghawa and Gharrafa areas in the direction of Doha without the need to use the North Road and avoid the current construction work in the area.
The Umm Lekhba I/C, when complete, will serve as the northern gate of Doha due to its strategic location at the heavy- trafficked northern Doha and the meeting of Al Shamal Road with the Doha Expressway, Al Markhiya Street and Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor along with the great deal of businesses and malls around.
This I/C is the largest in Qatar with a length of 11 km. It's the first-of-its-kind in Qatar to have a four level junction with nine bridges that will provide free traffic flow in all directions and serve over 20,000 vehicles per hour.
Cover image credit: Ashghal Qatar
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