The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced the completion of number of roads projects ahead of Eid Al-Adha which will help in the reduction of traffic woes.
The Messila tunnel will be opened to public on Wednesday as part of phase 2 of Al Rayyan Road Development Project, along with the opening of Jassim bin Hamad Street, which is directly connected to Al Rayyan Road that has been expanded. This is in addition to the partial opening of the Old Traffic Roundabout, which is being converted to a signal-controlled intersection.
Several openings will be witnessed in the coming days, which include the opening of Ali bin Abi Talib Street, the TV and Sports Intersections, as well as the two tunnels beneath the Pearl Interchange.
Messila Tunnel, located under Al Rayyan Road, 800 meters to the west of the Olympic Roundabout, is the first construction achievement in Phase 2 of Al Rayyan Road Development Project.
The opened part of the project includes the opening of 2 km of Al Rayyan Road with four lanes in each direction, and Messila Tunnel which stretches under Al Rayyan Road and links Jassim bin Hamad Street and Al Rayyan Road, including two lanes in each direction.
The tunnel also has an exit loop to and from Al Rayyan and to Messila Tunnel with two lanes in each direction. The project consists of a U-turn above Messila Tunnel and also the entrances and service roads linking Al Rayyan Road and Jassim bin Hamad Road.
The new two kilometre stretch of the main road has been expanded to four lanes in each direction, which will increase the capacity of the road to 7600 from 5700, and therefore, reduces traffic congestion.
Messila Tunnel will enable access from Dukhan, Bani Hajar and New Al Rayyan to Jassim bin Hamad Street via the service road located east of Al Rayyan Road, and by using the tunnels loop to reach Jassim bin Hamad Street
The new tunnel enables direct access from Madinat Khalifa to Al Rayyan Road. Earlier, travellers from Madinat Khalifa had to go through a number of local roads and traffic diversions to reach the Olympic Roundabout, which is a 20 minute journey.
The Messila tunnel is the beginning of the construction achievements in Phase 2 of Al Rayyan Road Development Project, which includes the development of 5.5 km west of the Olympic Roundabout, to the west of Abdullah bin Khalid Al Attiyah Roundabout. The project also includes the construction of six multi-level interchanges: Al Rayyan Road Intersection with Jassim bin Hamad Street, the first construction achievement of the project, in addition to the fact that Messila Tunnel includes an intersection with at grade traffic signals.
The interchanges also include Al Rayyan Interchange, a four-level interchange, Al Rayyan intersection with Al Bustan Street, three-level interchange, in addition to Lebayeh Interchange with four levels, Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah, three-level interchange and old Al-Rayyan Interchange a two-level interchange. The project is planned to be completed by the end of 2018.