Ashghal Opens New Underpass and Bridge on Mesaimeer Interchange
The Public Works Authority, Ashghal, has opened a new underpass and bridge on Mesaimeer Interchange to traffic towards Al Wakra and Al Wukair from Industrial Area Road and E Ring Road in collaboration with the General Directorate of Traffic.
The 750m underpass will provide free flow traffic from Industrial Area Road towards Southern Part of Doha Expressway as well as the 560m bridge linking traffic from the E Ring Road.
Ashghal says that the traffic movement from Al Wakra and Al Wukair via Southern Part of Doha Expressway towards Doha Expressway and 22 February Street is due to open by Q2, 2020.
Features of the Interchange
The new three-level interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar as it contains nine underpasses providing free flow traffic. The interchange also consists of two major bridges. One of them connects Rawdhat Al Khail Street and Industrial area road in both directions, and the other one connecting E-Ring Road with the southern part of Doha Expressway in one direction, ensuring a smooth flow of traffic in all directions.
The 6.1 km long, interchange consists of three to four lanes in each direction to accommodate about 30,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.
The new interchange on completed in the second quarter of 2020 will significantly improve traffic flow, reducing travel time by more than 70% of travel time.
The 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 Rawdhat Al Khail Street.
The interchange also provides a vital traffic link between the south, central and north of the country. It links traffic from the south through the southern part of Doha Expressway, main carriageway of Doha Expressway and Al Shamal Road.
It also connects traffic between Industrial area road and the heart of Doha through a connection to Rawdat Al Khail Street, which intersects with D-ring and C-Ring Road, as well as between the busy areas of Nuaija, Al Thumama, Bu Hamour, Al Maamoura, Mesaimeer providing an easy access to Al Wakra, Al Wukair and the Industrial area. It is located in a vital area that has many facilities including Al Thumama Stadium, one of the World Cup stadiums, where the interchange has three pedestrian bridges to ease people’s access to Al Thumama Stadium.
Integration with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor
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. This link provides a free flow traffic between the north and south of the country through Doha. The project is one of the vital interchanges in the country, with two levels comprising three bridges and four underpasses for easy access of vehicles to nearby residential area of Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Bu Hamour, Nuaija, Al Wakra and Al Wukair. The interchange provides a free flow traffic for commuters from these areas to Hamad International Airport, to southern areas, Doha and northern areas of the country.