The Public Works Authority 'Ashghal' announces the opening of the seventh bridge at Umm Lekhba Interchange (Landmark), with a length of one kilometer, as part of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor project, on Friday 1 January, 2021, providing free-flow traffic for road users coming from Al Shamal Road towards Al Markhiya Street.
The new bridge is the highest bridge in this vital interchange, and the second-highest flyover in Qatar after Umm Besher Interchange flyover, as it is located at a height of about 30 meters, and consists of one lane to accommodate about 2,000 vehicles per hour, which will significantly reduce the travel time for road users from the north in the direction of Al Markhiya street without the need to use the Al Gharrafa intersection (Immigration).
'Ashghal' also opened pedestrian and bicycle paths and beautification elements on the east side of the new Al Hatim Street in Al Gharrafa area, with a length of about 6 km, on an area of about 70 thousand square meters, where about 800 trees and 80 thousand square meter of shrubs and ground covers were planted. In addition, 22 bicycle racks and 18 benches have been provided along the street.
For his part, Project Engineer of Highway Project Department Eng. Ali Saeed Ibrahim confirmed that the new opening on Umm Lekhba Interchange will provide a free traffic flow from the North towards Al Markhiya, which will significantly reduce traffic pressure on Al Shamal Road (22 February Street) especially on Al Gharrafa Interchange or (known as the Immigration Interchange) as road users coming from Al Shamal and heading towards to Al Markhiya will now have direct access instead of making a U-turn at Immigration Interchange.
"The interchange is 96% completed, and the two remaining bridges will open by Q1, 2021", he added.
Umm Lekhba is the largest interchange in Qatar with a length of 11 kilometers. It consists of four levels and is the first in Qatar and contains nine bridges that provide free traffic flow in all directions.
The interchange accommodates more than 20,000 vehicles per hour. Five bridges consist of two lanes in one direction, while the other four bridges include one lane in one direction.
Cover image credit: Ashghal Qatar Twitter
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