Ashghal partially opens new bridge along Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor at Bu Hamour
June 02 2020 05:03 PM
Ashghal partially opens new bridge along Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor at Bu Hamour
The bridge consists of four lane dual carriageway with a capacity of about 16,000 vehicles per hour

QNA/Doha


* Opening comes 4 months ahead of schedule
* Ensures free-flowing traffic from HIA towards Al Maamoura, Al Waab and cuts 90% of travel time
* Ashghal accomplishes 790km of expressway networks
* Ashghal projects 'unaffected by blockade due to dependence on local products and contractors'


The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has partially opened a new 900m bridge along Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor in the Bu Hamour area.
The new bridge provides free-flowing traffic bypassing the junction between Al Shehaimiya Street and Bu Hamour Street along Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor in front of Abu Hamour Petrol Station, reducing travelling time through the junction by more than 90%, Ashghal has said in a statement.


A section of the bridge

The opening has been executed in co-ordination with the General Directorate of Traffic.
The new bridge connects traffic along Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor from Hamad International Airport (HIA) towards Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Wholesale Market Street through Haloul Intersection, Salwa Road and Al Mamoura up to Al Waab and Al Rayyan. The new bridge has been opened four months ahead of the targeted completion date, Ashghal has stressed.
The new bridge is “an artery lying in the heart of a densely populated area that contains many significant facilities” such as petrol stations, shopping malls and markets (such as Wholesale Market), schools and health institutions.


Youssef al-Emadi


Bader Darwish


Abdulla al-Naimi

The new bridge consists of a four-lane dual carriageway with a capacity of about 16,000 vehicles per hour, and road users will be able to reach directly from Salwa Road and Haloul Junction towards the Industrial Area road and HIA without using the signallised intersection between Al Shehaimiya Street and Bu Hamour Street on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor in front of the Bu Hamour petrol station.
Eng Youssef al-Emadi, director of Projects Affairs at Ashghal, stressed that the authority’s projects were not affected by the unfair siege - that began nearly three years ago -and that the pace of work continued in accordance with the plans. Ashghal relied heavily on the local factor by using materials made in Qatar and engaging local companies, achieving a tangible boom in the country’s infrastructure sector, he added.
Eng Bader Darwish, Highway Projects Department manager, confirmed that Ashghal has completed the implementation of about 790km of highway network, which is considered a “good testimony to the fact that the construction process was not affected by the unjust siege of about three years”.

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Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor Project


Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will extend for approximately 25km from Hamad International Airport to Umm Lekhba Interchange (known as Landmark Interchange) on Doha Expressway. Its scope includes the upgrade of seven main roads: E-Ring, F-Ring, Mesaimeer, Al Bustan, Bu Erayyen, Lebday and sections of Al Markhiya Street. In addition, Ashghal will enhance 12km of local and peripheral roads intersecting with the corridor.

The total road works of the project span approximately 37km.

“Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, known as the ‘Lung of Doha’, is the first in Qatar to be called a ‘corridor’ due to its great importance and specifications of its unique Construction. On completion in 2021, extending for 25km and with total works of 37km, the road will have the first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar as well as the largest intersection, longest bridge, deepest and longest bi-directional tunnel,” Ashghal said.

The corridor includes upgrading seven main roads that will offer “huge relief” to commuters in Doha by providing an alternative route to the congested 22 February Street. It also doubles traffic capacity with more than 16,000 vehicles per hours in both directions, after extending the existing road to four- and five-lane dual carriageways, replacing the existing two and three lanes.

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Ashghal has opened most of the highway network during the siege period, which caused a “qualitative shift in the movement of goods and people in all parts of the country”, especially strategic areas, ports, Hamad International Airport, the Industrial Area and other vital facilities, he noted.
He added that the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor has witnessed several openings since its inception in 2019, and more than 70% of the vital road works have been completed. Once the entire project is completed, it will link the southern and northern parts of Doha without the need to pass through Doha Expressway and 22 February Street.
Eng Abdulla al-Naimi from the Highway Projects Department at Ashghal confirmed that the Bu Hamour bridge has been designed and built with the latest technologies used in the construction of bridges, involving the installation and assembly of pre-cast concrete parts using giant cranes. The bridge consists of 100 concrete pieces, each weighing about 200 tonnes.
He added that the bridge will reduce travel time by more than 90% for commuters from Mesaimeer Bridge in the direction of Halul Intersection and vice-versa.

Traffic diversion

In order to enable completion of the remaining works of the bridge, Ashghal has temporarily closed traffic at the signallised junction between Al Shehaimiya Street and Bu Hamour Street while maintaining right turns open from all directions, in addition to free-flowing traffic along Sabah al Ahmad Corridor, for two months starting from the evening of May 31.
During this partial closure designed in co-ordination with the General Directorate of Traffic, commuters will be required to use alternative routes as shown on the attached map.



Commuters from Bu Hamour Street heading to Al Shehaimiya Street or Haloul Intersection through Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will be required to take the right turn reaching Bu Hamour intersection, then take a U-turn and continue straight towards Haloul Intersection or a right turn to Al Shehimiya Street.
Commuters from Al Shehaimiya Street towards Bu Hamour Street on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will be required to take the right turn reaching Heenat Al Meashab Junction, then take a U-turn and continue straight towards Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor or take a right turn to Bu Hamour Street.

Last updated: June 02 2020 10:08 PM


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