Work on the first and second phases of Al Rayyan Road upgrade project has started with the first phase scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said yesterday.
The project, part of Ashghal’s Expressway Programme, aims to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in an area vital to the movement of goods and people into Doha.
To be built at an estimated cost of QR4.5bn, the first and second phases of the Al Rayyan upgrade project will provide “an efficient road network, improving the travel experience for road users in and around the area”, an Ashghal statement said.
Phase one involves a 2.9km stretch from west of Khalid bin Abdullah al-Attiyah roundabout (New Rayyan roundabout) to the east of Bani Hajer roundabout.
The second phase stretching 5.3km from west of Sports roundabout to the west of Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Attiyah roundabout (New Rayyan roundabout) is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017.
To minimise disruption during construction and ensure continuous traffic movement, Ashghal will create new traffic diversions to accommodate the current traffic in the area.
“Once completed, the improvements to the Al Rayyan area will result in less congestion which will improve journey time for all road users. To encourage citizens and residents to walk and ride bicycles, new and improved pedestrian pathways and cycle paths will be constructed.”
Phase one of the project, which will serve areas such as Education City, comprises construction and upgrade of four lanes in each direction separated by a central median in addition to 2km of side roads and associated service roads.
This phase will include the construction of the following three interchanges: the Wajbah interchange between Al Rayyan road and Al Wajbah Street, Al Shafi interchange between Al Rayyan road and Al Shafi street (two-level interchange) and Al Qalah interchange (Castle R/B) between Al Rayyan road and Al Qalah (two-level Interchange).
Phase two will feature four lanes in each direction separated by a central median, in addition to 5.4km of side roads and associated service roads.
It will include the construction of six main junctions: Al Massila interchange, Al Rayyan interchange, Bin Zaben interchange, Khalid bin Abdullah al-Attiyah interchange at Al Rayyan Road, Old Rayyan interchange at Huwar Street (Furosiya) and Lebdii interchange at Bu Erayyen Road.
The two phases will cover micro-tunnelling work, treated sewage effluent networks and upgrades to electrical and telecommunication networks.
Works are also underway on phase four of the Al Rayyan project stretching from Jasim bin Mohamed Street and Old Diwan intersection on Al Rayyan Road. This phase extends across 1.5km and connects commercial areas such as Souq Waqif and Msheireb Downtown Doha project.
Ashghal’s Expressway Programme is designed to provide highway links across Qatar connecting key cities, towns and villages.
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