New pedestrian bridge opens on Airport Road
April 18 2018 10:10 PM
Ashghal president Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi, Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Nasser al-Khalifa and MoI's Traffic Engineering and Safety head Brigadier Mohamed Marafia and others are seen on the new bridge on Wednesday. PICTURES: Jayan Orma


A new pedestrian bridge built across the Airport Road (Al Matar Street) near the Qatar Airways headquarters and Ooredoo office was opened on Wednesday evening.
To mark its formal opening, Ashghal president and senior engineer Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi cut a ribbon in the presence of senior Ashghal and Ministry of Interior officials.
Al-Muhannadi said the Airport Road pedestrian bridge is the result of the continuous co-operation and co-ordination between all the entities concerned in Qatar, both from the government and private sectors. 
"The areas for installing such bridges were selected after conducting a study by the MoI, Ministry of Transport and Communications and Ashghal", he explained.
The areas selected for such bridges experience heavy traffic density and have had traffic accidents involving pedestrians, it is learnt. 

The new pedestrian bridge on Airport Road.

Ministry of Interior's Traffic Engineering and Safety head Brigadier Mohamed Marafia, Elan Group chairman Abdulaziz Nasser al-Khalifa and CEO Jaber Abdullah al-Ansari were also present at the opening. 
The guests walked across the bridge on a formal tour of inspection after its opening. The bridge, executed in a record time of less than two months, is equipped with elevators on either side of the wide Airport Road. They have a capacity to carry up to 21 people at a time.
Developed by a local firm, the bridge design features both the modern and traditional Qatari architecture.
Besides elevators, the bridge has provision for mini shops, ATM machines, vending machines, elevators, seating areas, bicycle paths, and advertising space.
The 67m bridge, having a width of 4m, is built at an elevation of 11m from the road. The height of the main deck is 7m.
The main structure of the bridge was fabricated in a factory in Turkey and the assembling took place near the site on Airport Road.

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