Stemming from its keenness to preserve the culture heritage of Qatar and in an alignment to Qatar National Vision 2030, The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has completed the relocation works of the well-known Pearl Monument to the previously known Al Fardah Roundabout in Al Wakrah Old Souq adjacent to Al Wakrah port. The relocation works were accomplished in collaboration with the Private Engineering Office (PEO), as part of the expressway project of the upgrade of Al Wakrah Main Road.
Pearl Monument has been reinstalled to enable the reconstruction the Pearl Roundabout into a signal-controlled intersection, as part of Al Wakra Main Road Upgrade Project
Ashghal's approach has met with willingness and proposals of the citizens in Al Wakrah to maintain and preserve the pearl monument and maintain it as landmark of Al Wakra city. The decision to restore the Pearl Monument and relocate in Old Souq Al Wakrah is to highlight the coastal nature of the city along with its distinct heritage, societal characteristics and history.
On this occasion, Engineer Saleh Al Sheiba, from Highway Projects Department, said:
"The installation of shell on the concrete structure requires adopting a precise mechanism in its optimal lifting and installation. A metallic base has been manufactured for fixing the shells on the structure to ensure accurate installation considering the heavy weight of two shells that mounts 12 tons."
Al Sheiba added:
"Ashghal in collaboration with the competent authorities and the General Directorate of Traffic has undertaken the adequate traffic measurements to ensure the smooth traffic movement during the relocation process of the monument and throughout the project implementation period."
For his part, Engineer Nouh Al Joof, from the Ashghal Highway Projects Department, said:
"The process of relocating the monument required undertaking some maintenance work to restore some parts that were affected by the transportation process to ensure that they remain for the longest possible period. Following the identification of the new location, we had to find technical solutions to overcome the ground water high level."
Ashghal has commenced the construction works for the conversion of roundabouts all over Al Wakrah main road to signalised junction, following the successful opening of Wakrah tunnel and its intersection that extends from Ras Bu Funtas and Barwa City towards the roundabout known as Pearl Roundabout.
Ashghal's construction works continues at the upgrade of Al Wakrah Main Road, which extends all over 5.5 km from the previously known as Pearl Roundabout to Woqod station, located towards Mesaieed city. Construction works include the conversion of the three roundabouts of; Pearl, Ooredoo and Afja roundabout (known as Jabal roundabout) to signalised intersections. Additionally, two new signalized intersections will be constructed in Al Razi street and towards Al Wukair Road.
Ashghal's strategy stems from the keenness to preserve the Heritage in parallel with the continued implementation of infrastructure plans in different locations of the Qatar, in collaboration with the competent authorities.
Source and cover image credit: Ashghal Qatar
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