On 11 July 2020, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic, opened 7 km of the road linking Doha Expressway and Southern Doha Expressway on the Mesaimeer Interchange to ensure free and direct traffic flow from Mesaieed, Al Wakra and Al Wukair towards Doha, 22 February Street and Al Shamal Road.
Ashghal opened lanes to Al Wakra in March, and will open the other lanes from Al Wakra to improve traffic in both directions. The route has four to six lanes in each direction, allowing 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions, saving around 70% of travel time. In addition, the route will enable a direct link with 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM stadiums of Al Janoub, Ras Bu Abboud and Al Thumama as it integrates with other major roads, running from Umm Besher Interchange on G Ring Road and Southern Doha Expressway, through Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, onto Mesaimeer Interchange along with Doha Expressway, E Ring Road, and Industrial Area Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street.
In addition, Ashghal will open the right access at Umm Besher Interchange on G Ring Road from from Al Wakra and Al Wukair via southern Doha Expressway, as well as two more accesses at
Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor from Al Thumama, Air Force Interchange and from Bu Hamour and Mesaimeer towards Mesaimeer Interchange. The new openings will offer new alternative routes and shortcuts, alleviating traffic pressure at Airport Interchange and Airforce Interchange on Airport Street along with Al Thumama Interchange on Najma Street and shifting traffic to Al Wetiyyat Interchange, Mesaimeer Interchange and the roads connected with Doha Expressway, Rawdat Al Khail Street, Industrial Area Road and E Ring Road.
Those arriving from the southern part of Doha Expressway will be able to continue through Umm Besher Interchange on G Ring Road and then use the Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, passing through Mesaimeer Interchange reaching Doha Expressway and 22 February Street. Those arriving from Ras Bu Abboud Street, Al Wakra Road and G Ring Road will be able to turn right at Umm Besher Interchange and then use the Al Wetiyyat Interchange on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor via Mesaimeer Interchange reaching Doha Expressway and 22 February Street.
Commuters travelling from Hamad International Airport and Al Thumama via Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor will also be able to turn right at the Al Wetiyyat intersection, passing through Mesaimeer Interchange reaching Doha Expressway and 22 February Street.
Road users arriving from Mesaimeer can use the exit loop at Mesaimeer Interchange to reach Nuaija and 22 February Street.
The three-level Mesaimeer Interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar, providing a vital traffic link between the south, central and north of the country. Dubbed as the Hexagon Interchange, it contains nine underpasses. The interchange contains two main bridges which connect Rawdat Al Khail Street and the Industrial Area Road in both directions; and E Ring Road with the southern part of Doha Expressway in one direction, achieving flow of traffic in all directions.
The project is 6.1 km in length of construction works, with three to four lanes in each direction to accommodate about 30,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The new Interchange will significantly improve traffic, reducing travel time by more than 70%.
The Interchange also serves many important educational, health and commercial facilities such as the Medical Commission, Meteorological Department, schools, health centres and nearby shopping malls.
About 90% of the Mesaimeer Interchange has been completed and is now open to traffic. There is also a tunnel that will be completed soon so that the whole interchange is completely open for traffic.
Integration with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor
The newly constructed Mesaimeer Interchange integrates with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor through its connection to Al Wetiyyat Interchange, which is a strategic link between the southern part of the Doha Expressway with Doha’s main highway to provide free flow of traffic between the north of Doha with the south.
The project is an important crossroad in the country, with two levels comprising three bridges and four vehicle underpasses to provide easy access to the nearby residential areas such as Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Bu Hamour, Nuaija, and Al Wakra. In addition, it provides free traffic flow for road users towards Hamad International Airport and the country’s northern and southern areas.
The Doha Expressway is Qatar’s first freeway. It is a significant infrastructure project, which was undertaken by Ashghal to provide a modern road network throughout the urban and rural parts of Doha. It connects the south of Doha with the north, and the east with the west. Estimated at QAR15 billion, project construction began in 2007 and has been undergoing construction in at least 13 phases. It is now 90% complete.
- Total cost: QAR2,345,000,000
- Start date: 30 June 2014
- Completion date: First quarter of 2019
Southern Part of Doha Expressway
The project is located to the west of Al Wakra, and includes the construction of an approximately 17 km carriageway with five lanes in each direction. It starts at Al Mashaf Road and stretches to Mesaieed Road, creating the main bypass to Al Wakra.
The project also includes the construction of a tunnel and five two-level interchanges that will link the south of Al Wakra to HIA and Hamad Port.
The Southern Part of Doha Expressway Project includes the construction of five main multi-level interchanges:
- Southern Part of Doha Expressway/Al Mashaf Road
- Southern Part of Doha Expressway/Al Wukair Road
- Southern Part of Doha Expressway/Road MAC-4
- Southern Part of Doha Expressway/Al Wukair
- Southern Part of Doha Expressway/Mesaieed Road
Author: Ola Diab
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