A 7km road linking Doha Expressway and Southern Doha Expressway at the Mesaimeer Interchange opened to traffic Saturday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) tweeted.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) had recently said the road would ensure free and direct traffic flow from Mesaieed, Al Wakra and Al Wukair towards Doha, 22 February Street and Al Shamal Road.
Ashghal carried out the opening in co-ordination with the General Directorate of Traffic at the MoI.
The route has 4-6 lanes in each direction to allow some 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions, saving around 70% of travel time. The road will enable a direct link with the Al Janoub, Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama stadiums as it integrates with other major arteries, running from Umm Besher Interchange on G-Ring Road and Southern Doha Expressway, through Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, onto Mesaimeer Interchange along with Doha Expressway, E-Ring Road, Industrial Area Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street.
The new road is a direct link between the south and north of the country. Road users coming from Mesaieed in the north and vice-versa can use a direct and free route without any traffic signals to shorten the journey time by about 70%.
Hassan al-Ghanim from Ashghal's Highway Projects Department had explained that most parts of Mesaimeer Interchange have been opened to traffic so far. About 92% of the works on the vital interchange has been finished, he said, adding that a tunnel is to be completed and opened soon so that the whole interchange is open for traffic.
Mesaimeer Interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar connecting six main roads, namely Mesaimeer Interchange, Doha Expressway, southern part of Doha Expressway, Sabah Al Ahmed Corridor, Industrial Area Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street.