*‘Al Majd Road’ serves as vital arterial route in the heart of Qatar
*Road projects at Mesaieed, Hamad Port, and Al Wukair completed
The inauguration of ‘Al Majd Road’ on Thursday, which is part of four new roads spanning 195km, highlights a major milestone in the country’s ambitious infrastructure development programme led by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
‘Al Majd Road’ was inaugurated by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani in a ceremony, which also announced the completion of the Mesaieed Road, Hamad Port Road, and Al Wukair Road.
Joining the Prime Minister at the ceremony were HE the Speaker of the Advisory Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, HE the Minister of Finance Ali Sherif al-Emadi, HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie, Ashghal president Dr Saad bin Ahmed al-Mohannadi, and other senior officials and representatives from the project contractors.
According to Ashghal, construction works of the four new roads started in 2014. The previous two-lane Truck Route in each direction was upgraded to seven lanes in each direction, comprising a dedicated two-lane truck route and five lanes for light vehicles.
The project also included the upgrade of Mesaieed Road from two to seven lanes in each direction, as well as the construction of Hamad Port Road consisting of four lanes in each direction.
Additionally, more than 13km of Al Wukair Road was converted to a free flow road consisting of four lanes in each direction as opposed to the previous one lane in each direction. The median along the full stretch of the project’s highway serves as provision for a future road expansion to a possible nine lanes or a potential railway track, Ashghal said.
The ‘Al Majd Road’ serves as a vital arterial road in the heart of Qatar, and traverses from the south of Qatar to the north and east to serve current and future urban communities on either side of it. These communities, according to Ashghal, will be hubs for economic, industrial, and agricultural trade, and will contribute to the development of Qatar.
‘Al Majd Road’, being the core of the road network in Qatar, will be a key component of the significant transformation of the land transport network, Ashghal said.
“It will be indispensable in developing adjacent areas and creating new residential areas, which may lead to a radical change in Qatar’s demographic. Moreover, it will foster colossal investment opportunities, enhance existing commercial activities through the provision of direct access to Qatar’s airports, sea, and land ports.”
It extends from Mesaieed to Al Khor and Lusail, connecting the south with the north, while simultaneously facilitating connections to the west, centre, and east of the country via its links to several arterial and main roads that connect Qatar’s catchment areas.
‘Al Majd Road’ is linked to Al Wukair Road, G Ring Road, Salwa Road, Al Sailiya Road, Dukhan Road, Al Rufaa Street, and Al Shamal Road to Al Khor Expressway on one end and Ras Laffan on the other.
Ashghal said ‘Al Majd Road’ has seven lanes of free-flow dual carriageway from Mesaieed to Al Khor that will accommodate over 14,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
It is considered one of the safest roads in Qatar owing to its unique and international standard design, which strategically provides two dedicated truck lanes and five light vehicle lanes to significantly reduce accident risks. In tandem, the truck routes will provide free flow traffic movement for the transportation of commercial and industrial goods from and to key hubs across the country.
‘Al Majd Road’ provides efficient traffic movement, which will be a key contributing factor to reducing travel time up to 50% compared to the required time for the same trip via other existing roads, Ashghal added.
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