The southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road is now open to traffic. The southern part of Doha Express Highway will relieve the pressure on Al Wakra Main Road by reducing traffic blockage in the area with the five lanes in each direction on the highway, connecting the south and north of the city.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced the opening during a ceremony that was attended by H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, and Dr Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of Ashghal.
These projects are part of the the expressway projects that were made available to traffic and form vital parts of the expressway network. The project aims to serve all areas in the country, including the southern areas such as Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf.
The southern part of Doha Express Highway includes the main carriageway in both directions with a total length of 11 km, in addition to parts of the five interchanges included in the project such as access and exit ramps to enable road users from accessing and exiting the new road and surrounding areas, which will provide direct access from the southern areas of the country to the northern areas and vice versa.
The southern part of Doha Express Highway will relieve the pressure on Al Wakra Main Road by reducing traffic congestion in the area by providing a highway with five lanes in each direction, connecting the south and north of the city.
All four lanes in both direction of Hamad Port Road is open to traffic. The road is 14 km long and it connects Hamad Port with G-Ring Road.
Details of Southern part of Doha Express Highway:
The length of the highway is 11 km which connects G-Ring Road with Mesaieed Road. It will ease access to Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf areas, and it is considered an alternative route for Al Wakra Main Road through its connection with Mesaieed Road and G-Ring Road.
Doha Express Highway includes five multi-level interchanges that will be completed in the next few months. The project also comprises 42 km of pedestrian and cycle paths.
The five multi-level interchanges include:
Al Mashaf Interchange: a two-level interchange that provides direct access to G-Ring Road in the south and residential areas in Al Mashaf west.
Al Wukair Interchange: a two-level interchange that provides direct access to Al Wukair Road and residential areas to the east and west of the interchange.
Waab Buhair 2 Interchanges: both are two-level interchanges, one of them eases access to some residential areas to the east of the interchange, and the other is connected to Mesaieed Road and provides direct access to Hamad Port.
Hamad Port Road
A 14 km long road that connects Hamad Port and G-Ring Road, and includes four lanes in each direction, easing the movement of trucks between Hamad Port and Industrial Area, enhancing the movement of goods between the port and all areas of the country, especially that the road is considered a corridor that reduces journey times, instead of the main Orbital Highway. Hamad Port Road once open, is expected to reduce travel time by more than 15% especially that the road capacity is 8000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
The new road extends from Umm Al Hawl Interchange on Mesaieed Road to G-Ring Road that connects with the East Industrial Street through the tunnel at East Street 33 Interchange. This interchange was formerly known as Al Watan Roundabout, which was opened recently to form a free flowing road between Hamad Port and Hamad International Airport until Salwa Road.
Al Sulaiti said: “opening the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road is a great addition to the land transportation in Qatar, and it will contribute in enhancing traffic movement between Al Wakra and Doha, and between Mesaieed, Hamad Port and Industrial Area, and connect south of the country with the north.”
Al Rumaihi expressed his happiness over Ashghal’s commitment to complete projects on time as well.
Al Muhannadi said, ‘The opening of the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road in both directions will change traffic flow in the southern areas through providing alternative options to Al Wakra Main Road, which results in easing travel for residents of Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf, this is in addition to the association of these roads with traveling to and from Hamad International Airport, Industrial Area and others.”
Ashghal is currently executing three interchanges as part of the new road works that will provide free flowing traffic, which upon completion will enhance the connectivity of the new expressway with local areas and surrounding expressways.
An important note is that Ashghal has recently opened big parts of projects that connect the southern areas with the northern ones, especially those connected to Hamad Port, to ease goods movement. The latest of these openings was in July 2017 when it opened the 125 km long first phase of the Orbital Highway and Truck Route.