Traffic between Dukhan and Central Doha will experience major improvement as the Public Works Authority — Ashghal — has opened Dukhan Highway Central from Al Sheehaniya Interchange to Al Rayyan Stadium Roundabout.
Dukhan Highway is one of the most important sections of the road network in Qatar and serves the local community and the adjacent areas, especially those who work in Dukhan and Al Shamal.
Dukhan Highway Central provides a modern highway that improves traffic between Doha and west of Qatar through 9km 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. It replaces the old Dukhan Highway which consisted of two lanes in each direction; this resulted in traffic congestions and accidents.
To increase safety of road users, the driving speed has been limited to 120kmph.
Last month, Ashghal opened Al Wajba Interchange at Dukhan Highway Central expressway project, which provides access to Al Wajba and Al Seej, with smoother traffic.
Dukhan Highway Central project includes the construction of 15km of a highway from west of Al Wajba Interchange and to east of Al Sheehaniya. It also comprises a dual carriageway with four lanes in each direction, service roads and a cycle track.
The project, commenced in Q2, 2011, also includes the construction of two underpass interchanges at New Wajba and Al Dehailiyat Army Camp. A major multi-level interchange ‘Rawdat Rashed’ will be built at the junction of Celebration Road to accommodate access to Al Rayyan Stadium, Mall of Qatar and other construction projects in the area.
Enhancements to local utility networks have been implemented on essential infrastructure such as water and treated sewage effluent supply, electrical and communication cabling. The project is part of Ashghal’s Expressway Programme that provides a highway network stretching over 980km and including more than 10,000km 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, Qatar will own one of the most prominent and advanced road networks.