Construction of the Sharq Crossing, one of the most important infrastructure projects in Qatar, is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2020, according to the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
This was announced at a briefing session convened as per the directives of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, according to a statement from Ashghal Tuesday.
The Sharq Crossing, linking Ras Bu Abboud Street and the West Bay area, is considered a strategic hub for the main roads in the country. It is to consist of bridges spanning a total length of 12km above sea level and connecting to each other through an underwater tunnel of 1km.
The underwater tunnel, to be built under the navigation channel, will ensure smooth passage of ships over it.
Once the project is complete, motorists from Ras Bu Abboud will be able to reach the West Bay in about seven minutes. Sharq Crossing will also serve many vital areas, including the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums, such as the Ras Bu Abboud stadium and Lusail stadium.
Ashghal invited local contractors to the meeting on the launch of the Sharq Crossing project with the aim of forming alliances with international companies with regard to the implementation.
The session included a presentation on the project details and the timetable for launching the project and its implementation so that local contractors can start their preparations and submit requests to tender through forming a partnership and alliance between local and international companies.
On the occasion, Ashghal president Dr Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi said: "We trust local contractors and their ability to form an alliance to implement this project with the required quality and time, as this is the first of its kind in Qatar, which will cause a qualitative shift in traffic."
Engineer Yousef al-Emadi, Projects Affairs director, confirmed that the contractors were invited to enter and compete for the Sharq Crossing project and to define the required schedule for the project.
Local companies are to form an alliance with international companies and provide a list of those alliances in mid-January to start offering the project to tender in February, and start implementation in the third quarter of 2020, the statement added.