Qatar's Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said the construction work on the East-West Corridor Project, the country's ambitious expressway, is progressing as per schedule and is due for completion in the second quarter of 2017.
The scope of work includes construction of 22 km of a new dual carriageway on the expressway which will feature five lanes in each direction stretching from the west of Barwa City to Al Matar Street south of the Air Force Roundabout, said a statement from Ashghal.
The project includes eight grade-separated interchanges that will provide new access to key roads and residential areas such as Al Matar Street, Najma Street extension, Barwa Access Road, F-Ring Road, the Orbital Highway and Al Wakra Bypass, it added.
This project is considered a vital part of the Expressway Programme in the south of Qatar. Covering infrastructure improvements in the area, the project will include the upgrade and relocation of utilities, new streetlighting, installation of an intelligent transport system and storm water drainage, said a senior official.
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani recently visited the project site to study the progress of the project. He was received by Ashghal president Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, Infrastructure Affairs director Jalal Yousef Al Salhi and Ashghal’s Expressway Department manager Nasser Ghaith Al Kuwari.
During the tour, Al Mawlawi briefed the Prime Minister on the project's scope and the milestones achieved by Ashghal till date.
The project also provides links to the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route "Orbital" which stretches from Mesaieed to Al Khor city and Ras Laffan Industrial City.
It forms a fundamental part of the Expressway Programme providing better connectivity between the southern areas, Hamad International Airport, and New Doha Port and forming a free-flowing traffic route without the need to travel through Doha city, helping to alleviate congestion.
It will see the installation of 2,842 m of drainage lines, 78,000 m of irrigation lines, more than 80,000 m of electrical high-voltage cables and over 79,000 m of medium/low voltage (MV/LV) cables.
New and improved pedestrian pathways and cycle paths have also been planned to reduce the reliance on vehicles and improve accessibility. As part of the development, more than 6,000 streetlights will be installed on the East-West Corridor.
Lauding the premier's tour, Al Mawlawi said: "The visit of the Prime Minister to the construction sites of Expressway projects indicates his keenness to follow up closely on the progress and developments of the projects and fully support Ashghal in completing these projects."
"It also reflects the country's commitment to support the implementation of these important development projects," he added.