Ashghal, Public Works Authority, has opened the Dukhan Highway Central from Sheehaniya Interchange to Al Rayyan Stadium Roundabout on Saturday 12 July 2014.

Dukhan Highway is considered one of the most important sections of the road network in Qatar. It serves the local community as well as the adjacent areas, especially those who work in Dukhan and Al Shamal areas.

The Dukhan Highway Central provides a modern highway that improves the traffic flow between Doha and west of Qatar through nine kilometers of dual-carriageway with four lanes in each direction. It stretches from Sheehaniya Interchange to Al Rayyan Stadium Roundabout, and provides local access to the community through two-lane service road. The Dukhan Highway Central replaces the old Dukhan Highway which consisted of two lanes in each direction; this resulted in traffic congestion and accidents. To increase the safety of road users, the driving speed has been limited to 120 km per hour.

Last month, Ashghal opened Al Wajba Interchange, at Dukhan Highway Central expressway project, which provided access to Al Wajba and Al Seej areas and resulted in a much smoother traffic flow in the area.

Ashghal was established in 2004 to be responsible for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery, and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar. Ashghal’s key responsibilities include governing the design, construction, and management of major projects including roads, drainage and buildings such as public buildings, schools and hospitals.

Dukhan Highway Central project includes the construction of 15 km of a new highway starting from west of the existing Al Wajba Interchange and ending east of the town of Al Sheehaniya. The project also comprises a dual carriageway with four lanes in each direction, service roads and a cycle.

The project, which commenced in Q2 2011, also includes the construction of two underpass interchanges; at New Wajba, and Al Dehailiyat Army Camp. In addition, a major multi-level interchange “Rawdat Rashed” will be constructed at the junction of Celebration Road to accommodate access to Al Rayyan Stadium, Mall of Qatar and other construction projects in the area.

According to Ashghal, significant enhancements to the local utility networks have been implemented on essential utility infrastructure such as water and TSE (Treated Sewage Effluent) supply, electrical and communication cabling.

The project is part of Ashghal’s Expressway Programme that provides a vital highway network stretching over 980 km and including more than 10,000 km of lanes and more than 240 intersections. This is besides an integrated infrastructure that serves Doha, major cities and external areas across the country. With the completion of the Programme’s projects, Qatar will own one of the most prominent and advanced road networks.