The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced the full opening of the East Industrial Street for traffic flow.

Although the main construction works of the project have been completed, Ashghal is still working on pavements, service roads and pedestrian and cycle pathways, as well as hardscaping and complementary works. According to Ashghal, they are currently being completed without causing any impact on the existing traffic flow in the area.

The East Industrial Street project included the construction and upgrading of the existing street from the south of the Industrial Interchange to the existing roundabout at the junction of the East Industrial Street with the Industrial Road. The implemented mainline road is 3 km in length, and comprises a six-lane divided carriageway, with three lanes in each direction, in addition to a two-lane service road network with a total length of 6 km.

In addition, the project includes the construction of two new multi-level interchanges at intersections with Street 10 and Street 23, pedestrian and cycle pathways on both sides of the road, and four pedestrian crossings, as well as the installation of signals on cross roads and ramps at the intersections.

The project also included major upgrades for the infrastructure facilities such as relocating the foul sewage rising main pipelines, upgrading the electrical and water network, installing the Intelligent Transportation Systems, and improving the street lighting and traffic light systems. Upgrades were also implemented on the potable water network, surface water drainage network, and foul sewerage network as part of the project.

The East Industrial Street project will serve vehicles and heavy trucks entering the Industrial Area by creating a vital ring road which links to Al Furousiya, Al Gharrafa, Al Khafji Streets projects. The East Industrial Street will increase the capacity for the heavy traffic flow in this area, through widening the roads and upgrading the interchanges. After the opening of the street, the driving time for the distance from one end to the other is only five minutes at the required speed limit.

Designed according to the highest safety standards, the new interchanges in the East Industrial Street will allow for free flowing traffic and reduced waiting times through reducing congestion and enhancing smooth traffic. Moreover, the new and improved pedestrian and cycle pathways will improve accessibility to the Industrial Area, and reduce reliance on vehicles, especially for those living and working close to the area, which will provide more travel options and environmental benefits from reduced congestion. Pedestrian crossing will also help pedestrians connect to the business on the West side of the East Industrial Street.

The East Industrial Street project is part of Ashghal’s Expressway Programme, which will provide vital transportation links across Qatar connecting key cities, towns and villages with high quality national freeways and urban arterial routes. Qatar’s entire network of expressways, highways and local roads has been reviewed as part of this Programme. Fundamental improvements and enhancements at existing projects have been planned. The Programme is a nationwide road infrastructure scheme that will improve the way people and places are connected across the city of Doha and wider Qatar. It will deliver over 900 km of new roads and an array of underpasses, flyovers and multi-level interchanges to enable free-flowing traffic and improved journey times.