* 75% of work completed, project to bring qualitative addition to road network

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani on Thursday visited the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, the first phase of which is set to open soon.

After reviewing the work of the prestigious project being implemented by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), the Prime Minister tweeted: “We have completed 75% of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor. Today I visited and looked closely at the progress of works,” adding, "it will bring a qualitative addition to the modern road network in Qatar".

“We continue relying on local materials and companies for the remaining works of this project and all other projects.”

The Prime Minister was briefed about the progress of the project, its advantages, and its integration with the Doha Metro network and the project's landmarks.

It has 32 bridges, including the longest bridge in Qatar at 2.6km, the first Cable-Stayed Bridge with a length 1.2km, and nine tunnels, including the longest and deepest two-way tunnel with a length of 2.1km and depth of 25m.

The project also provides access to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums.

The Prime Minister was accompanied during the visit by a number of senior officials and engineers from Ashghal and representatives of the implementing companies, the Qatar News Agency reported.

Earlier this week Ashghal opened the Al Khufoos Street that links Al Furousiya Street in the west and Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor to the east.

A traffic signal at Al Waab Interchange which is also part of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor was opened last month.

In June, Ashghal announced 70% completion of the project and opened a new 900m bridge along Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor in the Bu Hamour area. Once completed, the corridor will link the southern and northern parts of Doha without the need to pass through Doha Expressway and 22 February Street.

Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor extends for approximately 25km from Hamad International Airport to Umm Lekhba Interchange on Doha Expressway. Part of the corridor include upgrading E Ring, F Ring, Mesaimeer, Al Bustan, Bu Erayyen and Lebday roads 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 are approximately 37km. The Cable-Stayed Bridge extends from Mesaimeer Road to Al Bustan Street and crosses over Halul Intersection on Mesaimeer Road and Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection on Salwa Road. The works will be completed in 2021.

Ashghal has completed more than 87% of the works of the Mesaimeer Interchange that connects the roads of Mesaimeer Interchange, Doha Expressway, southern part of Doha Expressway, Sabah Al Ahmed Corridor, Industrial Area Road and Rawdhat Al Khail Street.

The Mesaimeer Interchange integrates with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor linking Al-Watiyyat Interchange, which is a strategic link between the southern part of Doha Expressway and its main highway.

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