The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ will open the 7 km road linking Doha Expressway and Southern Doha Expressway on Mesaimeer Interchange, to ensure free and direct traffic flow from Mesaieed, Al Wakrah and Al Wukair towards Doha, 22 February Street and Al Shamal Road, Saturday, 11 July 2020, and in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic.
Ashghal had opened the lanes to Al Wakrah in March 2020 and will open the other lanes from Al Wakra to improve traffic in both directions, since the route has 4 to 6 lanes in each direction to allow for 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions, saving around 70% of travel time. More importantly, the road will enable a direct link with the Stadiums of Al Janoub, Ras Bu Abboud & Al Thumama as it integrates with other major arteries, running from Umm Besher Interchange on G Ring Road and Southern Doha Expressway, through Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, onto Mesaimeer Interchange along with Doha Expressway, E Ring Road, and Industrial Area Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street.
Ashghal will open the right access at Umm Besher Interchange on G Ring Road from Al Wakrah and Al Wukair via southern Doha Expressway, as well as two more accesses at Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor from Al Thumama, Air Force Interchange and from Bu Hamour and Mesaimeer towards Mesaimeer Interchange. The new openings will offer new alternative routes and shortcuts, alleviating traffic pressure at the Airport Interchange and Airforce Interchange on Airport Street along with Al Thumama Interchange on Najma Street and shifting traffic to Al Wetiyyat Interchange, Mesaimeer Interchange and the roads connected with them like Doha Expressway, Rawdat Al Khail Road, Industrial Area Road and E Ring Road.
Hassan Al Ghanim, from the Highway Projects Department, said the new road is a direct link between the south and north of the country, where road users coming from Mesaieed in the north and vice versa can use a direct and free route without light signals to shorten the journey time by about 70%.
Al Ghanim explained that most parts of Mesaimeer Interchange opened to traffic so far, where about 92% of the works on the vital Interchange has been completed, pointing out that there is a tunnel to be completed and opened soon so that the whole Interchange is open for traffic.
Those arriving from the southern part of Doha Expressway will be able to continue on Umm Besher Interchange on G Ring Road and then use the Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, passing through Mesaimeer Interchange reaching Doha Expressway and 22 February Street. Those arriving from Ras Bu Abboud Street, Al Wakra Road and G Ring Road will be able to turn right at Umm Besher Interchange and then use the Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor via Mesaimeer Interchange reaching Doha Expressway and 22 February Street.
Commuters travelling from Hamad International Airport and Al Thumama via Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will also be able to turn right at the Al Wetiyyat intersection, passing through Mesaimeer Interchange reaching Doha Expressway and 22 February Street.
Road users arriving from Mesaimeer can use the exit loop at Mesaimeer Interchange to reach Nuaija and 22 February Street.
The three-level Mesaimeer Interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar because it contains nine underpasses providing free-flow traffic. The Interchange contains two main bridges connecting Rawdat Al Khail Street and the Industrial Area Road in both directions, in addition to connecting the E Ring Road with the southern part of Doha Expressway in one direction, which will achieve a great flow of traffic in all directions.
The project is of 6.1 KM length of construction works, with three to four lanes in each direction to accommodate about 30,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The new Interchange will significantly improve traffic, reducing travel time by more than 70%.
The Mesaimeer Interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar connecting six main roads, namely Mesaimeer Interchange, Doha Expressway, the southern part of Doha Expressway, Sabah Al Ahmed Corridor, Industrial Area Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street. The Interchange also provides a vital traffic link between the south, central and north of the country. It links traffic from the south through the southern part of Doha Expressway, main carriageway of Doha Expressway and Al Shamal Road.
It also connects traffic between Industrial area road and the heart of Doha through a connection to Rawdat Al Khail Street, which intersects with D-Ring and C-Ring Road, also between the busy areas of Nuaija, Al Thumama, Bu Hamour, Al Maamoura, Mesaimeer providing easy access to Al Wakrah, Al Wukair and the Industrial area.
It is located in a vital area that has many facilities including Al Thumama Stadium, one of the World Cup stadiums, where the Interchange has three pedestrian bridges to ease people’s access to Al Thumama Stadium.
The Interchange also serves many important educational, health and commercial facilities such as the Medical Commission, Meteorological Department, many schools, health centres and nearby shopping malls.
The newly constructed Mesaimeer Interchange integrates with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor through its connection to Al Wattiyyat Interchange which is a strategic link between the southern part of Doha Expressway with Doha’s main highway to provide a free flow of traffic between the north of Doha with its south.
The project is an important / vital crossroad in the country, with two levels comprising of three bridges and four vehicle underpasses to provide easy access to the nearby residential areas such as Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Bu Hamour, Nuaija, and Al Wakrah and free traffic flow for road users towards Hamad International Airport, southern areas, Doha, and then to the northern areas of the country.
Source and cover image: Ashghal Qatar
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