On Sunday 8 September 2019, Ashghal - the Public Works Authority - opened the 2.7 km Tilted Interchange tunnel to traffic coming from Al Rayyan towards Al Gharrafa. This interchange tunnel is part of the Khalifa Avenue project, and is now open to the public in both directions. Last week, one side of the tunnel was opened from Al Gharrafa towards Al Rayyan, according to Ashghal.
The new Tilted Interchange tunnel has four lanes in each direction to accommodate more than 16,000 vehicles per hour upon its full opening by the third quarter of 2020, as for the at grade road, it will have four intersections serving all facilities, such as Sidra Hospital, Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Library.
The new opening will reduce traffic congestion in the area, especially on the Tilted Intersection, as the new tunnel will provide a free traffic flow for road users coming from Al Duhail and Al Gharrafa heading towards Al Rayyan, providing a direct connectivity between the areas as well as reducing travel time between the neighboring areas.
Road users on the existing Al Gharrafa Street going towards Al Rayyan will have to take the right exit towards Gharrafat Al Rayyan Interchange and make a U-Turn to reach Al Luqta Street and then take the exit to the new tunnel.
The Public Works Authority is currently working on improving Al Gharrafa Street and Huwar Street and upgrading it to a two-levelled road, including four signalized intersections above the tunnel in length of 2.7Km.
It is important to note that Ashghal has completed 91% of construction works on Khalifa Avenue Project which is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2020. Upon completion, the project will deliver approximately 11.6 km of dual carriageway with four lanes in each direction besides seven major interchanges, service roads, along sections of the road, in addition to cycle, pedestrian and camel paths which will be on the south side of Al Luqta Street.
Cover image credit: Ashghal
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