16 Jul 2017 - 17:42
Direct Mesaieed to Al Khor link without going through Doha
First phase of new Orbital Highway and Truck Route open for traffic
Phase 1 of the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route, a total length of 125km, extending from Hamad Port to Al Shamal Road, up to Lusail and Al Khor, is now open for traffic.
Motorists can now go from Mesaieed to Al Khor directly without going through Doha, which will help movement of goods from Hamad Port as it is currently the main port of entry for and receives about 2,500 trucks daily.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has accelerated the pace of construction in order to complete the road ahead of schedule, due to its importance in providing a direct link between the strategic Hamad Port through the G-Ring Road, the Industrial Area, Salwa Road, Dukhan Highway and Al Shamal Road, and reaching Lusail city and Al Khor.
The opening was done in the presence of H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the supreme committee for delivery and legacy, Dr Saad Bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority, Abdullah Hamad Al Attiyah, Assistant President of Ashghal, as well as a number of senior officials from various ministries.
Al Sulaiti said that the Orbital Highway is directly linked to a number of stadiums where World Cup 2022 will be held and that it provides as well easy access to a number of sports facilities.
Al Rumaihi added that the Orbital Highway will serve a big number of municipalities in the country including Al Rayyan, Al Khor and Al Thakhira, Al Wakra, Umm Slal, and Al Sheehaniya. It also provides easy access and direct connection between residential and commercial areas, mainly Logistics Village and Doha Industrial Area.
Al Muhannadi said that Ashghal was able to provide alternatives for all materials from different markets, and have stability in all construction materials. “We cooperated with many countries including Kuwait, Oman, Turkey, India, China and other markets to provide material for all infrastructure projects in the country, and project works are going on as per plan.”
“We benefitted from this experience by relying more on the local products and developing its quality, we also started an initiative to speed up the local product qualification process.”
The new 69km long part of the road will enhance traffic flow from south of the country to the north from Mesaieed and Hamad Port to Al Khor and Lusail, going through G-Ring Road, Industrial Area, Salwa Road, Dukhan Highway and Al Shamal Road.
Features of the opened sections
The new sections include the opening of three lanes in each direction of the 18-km road linking Mesaieed to the G-Ring Road, as well as the opening of three lanes in each direction of the 18-km road connecting Dukhan Highway to Al Shamal Road and reaching Lusail.
Moreover, five lanes in each direction were opened on the 33-km road connecting Dukhan Highway to Al Shamal Road up to Al Khor.
The opened road traffic capacity will reach around 6,000 vehicles per hour in each direction out of around 12,000 vehicles total per hour expected to be reached after the completion of the Orbital Highway consisting of seven lanes in each direction.
The New Orbital Highway and Truck Route project is considered as an important addition to the road network in Qatar; it will serve as a vital link between the Southern and Northern areas in the country. The project also includes the construction of 21 main interchanges, including tunnels and flyovers that connect the Orbital Highway with the highways and main roads such as the G-Ring Road, Salwa Road, Dukhan Highway, and Al Shamal Road.
This will significantly enhance the flow of traffic and shorten the journey times through the Orbital Highway by around 50% on average, compared to the time spent in the same journey using the existing roads.
Achievements of the Orbital Highway 2017
Linking Road from Hamad Port to Doha and the Industrial Area
Ashghal opened a number of sections of the Orbital Highway in 2017, totaling 56 kilometres. Last June, Ashghal announced the partial opening of a 14-km section of the linking road from Hamad Port to Doha via the G-Ring Road and the Industrial Area.
Four lanes were opened in the direction from Hamad Port to the Industrial Area, and works are ongoing to complete the opposite direction from the Industrial Area to Hamad Port, which will open during the next period.
Hamad Port Road will provide road users with a direct shortcut route as an alternative to Al Kharrara Road or Al Wakra Road. It is expected to shorten travel times by more than 15%.
The new road extends from Mesaieed Road, passing through the G-Ring Road, up to the East Industrial Street, through the recently opened underpass on the East Street 33 Interchange (formerly Al Watan Roundabout). It will establish a free-flowing connection between Hamad Port, Hamad International Airport, and Salwa Road.
37 kilometres from the G-Ring Road to Dukhan Highway and Mesaieed Road
In April 2017, Ashghal opened 37 kilometres of the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route to traffic. The opened parts included a 29 kilometre linking road from the intersection of the Orbital Highway with the F-Ring Road, up to the intersection of the Orbital Highway with Dukhan Highway, through Salwa Road. The opened parts also included eight kilometres of Mesaieed Road, extending from the south of Al Wakra to Hamad Port.
The importance of the 29 kilometre section of the Orbital Highway lies in its direct connection with Salwa Road and Dukhan Highway, providing alternative routes away from Doha and reducing traffic congestion in the city. The opened part also serves a wide range of economic and agricultural activities since the logistics Village as well as a large number of farms are located on both sides of the road. Increasing the number of lanes to three lanes in each direction instead of the two lanes in the previous road, will increase the road capacity to around 6000 vehicles per hour in each direction, instead of 4000 vehicles per hour. This will shorten the journey times, especially that four roundabouts on the previous temporary road were removed in an aim to improve the traffic flow. An emergency lane was provided in addition to the three lanes in order to avoid traffic distruption.
On the other hand, the opened eight kilometre section of Mesaieed Road will enhance the traffic flow and facilitate access for those traveling from Doha and Al Wakra to Hamad Port and the Southern areas.
Linking Road from Hamad Port to the Truck Route
Ashghal also opened in February 2017 about five kilometres of the road that links Hamad Port to the Truck Route, enhancing trucks movement between Hamad Port and the Truck Route, and to Doha and other areas in the country.