The upgrading work of one of the major multi-level interchanges on the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route project at Mazrooah, near Umm Slal, is entering a crucial phase and new alternative routes will start to function from Sunday, March 19.
The alternative routes comprising four loops would be in place until the required revamp and upgrading of the interchange is completed, the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, announced on Thursday in a statement and explained that the multi-level interchange will be opened next year.
The new interchange will increase the existing road capacity from three lanes to five lanes in each direction while ensuring smooth journeys to Al Shamal, Al Ruwais, Lusail and Salwa Road.
Doha-bound commuters from Lusail will have to drive west across the bridge towards the Salwa Road, make a U-turn at the first roundabout, before taking the right turn exit towards Doha.
Those travelling from Salwa Road to Al Ruwais will need to drive east across the bridge towards Lusail direction, make a U-turn at the first roundabout, before taking the right turn exit towards Al Ruwais.
Ashghal has advised that there will be no other changes to the existing travel routes between Doha, Al Ruwais, Lusail and Salwa Road, and no reduction in the number of lanes on Shamal Road or the Temporary Truck Route.
Ashghal will install road signs providing motorists with advance notice of the new road layout. The Public Works Authority has requested all road users to abide by the new speed limit, which has been reduced from 120kph to 80kph, and follow the road signs to ensure their safety.