The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced the opening of the Salwa – Lusail Temporary Truck Route (TTR).

The TTR stretches 41 km and connects Salwa Road west of the Industrial Area with Lusail Development. It also merges with the 23 km Salwa – Mesaieed (Route 55) that opened last year, forming a temporary rural road stretching 64 km west of Doha city to ease traffic congestions between Mesaieed in the south and Lusail in the north.

Ashghal opens the TTR in an effort to improve the traffic flow in Doha and divert incoming transit traffic between the north and south of the country out of the city. The TTR will also reduce traffic flow to and from Al Khor, Al Shamal, and Dukhan passing through the industrial area, Mesaieed and the south; hence, dramatically easing the congestion on Doha’s main roads that were serving as a main route for heavy vehicles and trucks.

The TTR is one of the most important projects executed by the authority’s Road Projects Department to reduce traffic congestion by diverting transit traffic outside of Doha until the completion of the Orbital Expressway and Truck Road, which is under construction since the beginning of the current year to be completed in 2017.

The Salwa – Lusail TTR consists of a two-lane road in each direction separated by a median. It starts from Lusail Development passing through Al Khor highway via a new prefabricated steel bridge.

The TTR crosses Al Mazrooah Bridge (bridge number 16) and stretches from Al Shamal Road to Dukhan alongside the backside of Umm Slal and Al Rufaa Street. It then intersects with Dukhan Road via a second prefabricated steel bridge that has been developed to ensure the traffic flow. The TTR then extends until it intersects with Salwa Road crossing the existing bridge and connecting with the Salwa-Mesaieed (Route 55) that leads to Mesaieed and the South.

Both prefabricated steel bridges were developed within the framework of this project and consist of more than 2000 tons of structural steel that were manufactured and shipped from the United Kingdom to be assembled and installed at the project site. Additionally, a concrete structure consisting of more than 7000 cubic meters of concrete and 1,300 tons of reinforcing steel has been built to protect the gas pipelines.

Implemented by the Roads Department in Ashghal, the project also comprises the development of services and infrastructure facilities to include rainwater drainage, intelligent transportation systems and streetlights at roundabouts and intersections and on the two steel bridges to improve traffic safety. The contractors of the project are two Qatari companies: Qatar Building Company and Bin Omran for Trading and Contracting.