Qatar is witnessing significant development at all levels with amazing economic growth; and this growth has indeed strengthened the transport and communications sector, the vital artery to support the economy of any state.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is playing a lead role and great responsibility in developing the road network in the country through implementing numerous projects. Ashghal’s first five-year plan that lasts to the year 2012 comprises implementation of several projects and it includes 60 major projects in roads costing more than QR25bn, which constitutes 50 percent of the Authority’s budget for major projects that covers sectors of road, drainage and public buildings.
Ashghal is committed to use state-of-the-art road technology to ensure traffic security and safety, taking the ongoing Doha Expressway project as an example.
The remarkable Doha Expressway project with its thirteen phases is the first attempt in the state to streamline traffic flow across the country.
The project includes major roads and interchanges including 22 February Road, Amir Road, Industrial Interchange, Rayyan Interchange and Jowan Interchange. While some of these projects have already completed others are on the final phase. Ashghal is expected seven of its major road projects this year.
The major roads include the first stage of Salwa International highway, which was originally expected to be ready in march last year, the Umm Birkah Road, a 16km-long road extending from Zubarah Interchange to Ras Laffan and the Dukhan road prject, which starts from Thani bin Jassem Interchange and ends at Zekrit Interchange near the Dukhan Industrial area. The other roads are the Industrial Interchange, D-ring Road Interchange, and Messaimeer Road.
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