Posted on April 15, 2019

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has inaugurated main carriageway and three vital interchanges on Al Khor Road, in presence of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Their Excellency’s the ministers, government officials, “Ashghal” representatives and  project contractors.

The opening of the 33-kilometre Al Khor Roadmain carriageway linking Doha to Al Khor was delivered one year ahead of schedule, which was originally set to open in the second quarter of 2020. Simaisma Interchange, the interchange on Al Majd Road and the interchange on Al Turfa Street are now fully open to traffic.

The alternative to Al Shamal Road that will enhance north-east and south-west connectivity

Al Khor Roadmain carriageway serves as an alternative to Al Shamal Road as it allows road users coming from Al Khor to reach their desired destinations while saving travel time by up to 65% compared to the same journey via Al Shamal Road. The new road layout will considerably upgrade the vehicular capacity from 8000 to 20000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The newly opened road is strategically linked with major expressways such as Al Majd Road which creates interconnectivity with numerous major highways allowing free flow navigation across western and southern areas of the State of Qatar. Primarily, Al Khor Road directly serves more than 20 residential areas alongside its carriageway in addition to a number of economic, commercial and public amenities in the surrounding areas.

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The corridor of the east coast development

In addition to being an alternative and parallel Road to Al Shamal Road and the main link between the north and east of Qatar, Al Khor Road will create new demographic and urban areas extending along the east coast of Doha to Al Khor and Rass Laffan. The road will become the center of development to encourage the population of Doha to move outside the historic city and to reconstruct the eastern areas of Qatar to Al Khor, so Lusail will become the ideal city to live in. The project will open the door for more investment, whether in the field of business or real estate or increase the agricultural plot.

On this occasion, H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, the Minister of Transport and Communications expressed that Al Khor Road is one of the most important main arterial roads which will make a difference in land transportation that is expected to be significantly enhanced in the northern and eastern regions. The opening of Al Khor Road will connect Al Khor to Doha in approximately 20 minutes; it will also witness the highest levels of road safety with its provision of five lanes in each direction, in addition to the fact that it is considered the most adequate alternative to Al Shamal Road.

H.E. added that the special design of Al Khor Road allows for the wide central median to accommodate the rail line, which would provide additional means of transportationto residents in the areas it traverses. H.E. also emphasized that during the construction phase of the project, all future infrastructure construction projects were taken into consideration, especially in the domains of telecommunications, in addition to rainwater and drainage systems without having to perform any additional excavation anew, highlighting the fact that this futuristic approach will be operated in all State development projects.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment, highlighted that Qatar has made outstanding achievements in the development of infrastructure projects which have been delivered according to plan as aligned with the State’s strategic leadership. In a reference to the road’s benefits, the Minister stated that Al Khor Road provides access to multiple regions from north to Doha, especially that it serves more than 20 residential areas such as Al Khor, Lusail and the Pearl as well as areas located east of Al Shamal Road like Al Kheesa, Al Ebb and Leabib.Furthermore, this road links to a plethora of economic, sports, public services and leisure facilities.

H. E. also confirmed that Al Khor Road is a key factor in sustaining the east coast development. He explained that it will create new communities and a favorable environment for investments in real estate, industrial and many other sectors which will encourage people to settle along surrounding areas to Al Khor Road. Dr. Saad bin Ahmed Al Mohannadi, the President of the Public Works Authority “Ashghal” expressed his gratitude for the wise government whose vision and direction have been pivotal in delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure. He also expressed his pride for the opening of Al Khor Road one year ahead of its scheduled time and three years and a half in advance of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, especially as it links Al Bayt Stadium to Lusail Stadium.

He praised the new road’s strategic link to major roads such as Simaisma Road, Al Majd Road and Al Turfa Street and indicated that it will significantly reduce traffic on Al Shamal Road and serve as an alternative route for road users coming from the north towards Doha. He explained that Al Khor Roads’s connection with roads that are interlinked to Al Shamal Road also allows traffic coming from western and southern areas to reach Doha using an alternative route to Doha Expressway.

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New openings

The main carriageway

Ashghal has fully opened the 33 kilometre long main carriageway on Al Khor Road after completing upgrading works that have transformed the old road to an expressway extending from Al Khor Road in Al Khor to Qatar University Street in Doha. The old road layout had up to two (2) lanes in each direction, now upgraded to five (5) in each direction in addition to two (2) emergency lanes. This expansion will increase the vehicular capacity to accommodate approximately 10,000 vehicles per hour instead of 4000 vehicles per hour as well as improve traffic movements and enhance road safety.

The project’s special design allows for a wide central median that will accommodate the rail line, connecting Al Khor to Doha with two main stations.

New interchanges

Al Khor Road is composed of ten (10) multi-level interchanges, six of which provide free flow connection to main roads such as Simaisma Road, Al Majd Road and Al Turfa Street and facilitate access to Al Shamal Road and Lusail Expressway. These interchanges comprise of eight (8) bridges, twenty-two (22) underpasses and a camel crossing to connect Lusail’s Reserves. After having partially opened three interchanges on Al Khor Road in November 2018, Ashghal announces their full opening:

  • Simaisma Interchange:

Located on the intersection of Al Khor Road with Simaisma Road, this interchange includes a main bridge, four (4) loops and four (4) right exits to provide free flow connectivity in all directions for road users coming from Al Shamal Road and Al Khor Road. It is considered as the main access to the city of Simaisma and a direct link to Umm Qarn area. It also serves several leisure facilities such as Simaisma’s Beach, Youth Centre and Resort.

  • Al Khor Road intersection with Al Majd Road:

This two-level interchange consists of a main bridge connecting Lusail City to Al MajdRoad and Al Shamal Road via Al Mazrooah Interchange. It also includes four (4) loops and four (4) exits to connect Lusail City, Rawdat Al Hamama, Al Kheesa, Al Sakhama, Umm Slal and Al Mazrooah areas and facilitate access to several sports facilities and educational institutions such as Lusail Sports Complex and Community College of Qatar. Besides its significant role in linking multiple residential areas, this interchange makes it easy for road users coming from Doha and Al Khor to reach Lusail and Al Bayt Stadium in a record time to attend all the games of 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums.

  • Al Khor Road intersection with Al TurfaStreet:

Considered as the two-level main entrance to Lusail City, this interchange will facilitate access of traffic coming from Al Shamal Road via Izghawa Interchange and Al TurfaStreet and heading towards Lusail and Doha. Its special design, also known as partial cloverleaf is composed of two (2) loops and four (4) right exits delivers a free traffic flow movement between Lusail, Al Ebb, Leabib, Al Turfa and Izghawa. Further to these deliverables, this interchange also includes a main bridge to allow traffic coming from Al TurfaStreet to continue north on Al Khor Road. This interchange will significantly enhance access to Qatar University, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies as well as Doha Golf Club.

Facts and Figures

Upgrading works on Al Khor Road started in the last quarter of 2016 to reach 80% of progress. A large section of road preparation works was completed comprising of 11.5 million cubic metres of filling and compacting works, 2.24 million tonnes of asphalting and 580 thousand cubic metres of concreting as well as 10.87 million cubic metres of excavation works. Infrastructure development work has also been completed within the scope of the project. 127 km of rainwater and sewage water drainage lines to prevent water accumulation during the rainy season and 105 km to extend the pipeline for irrigation and treated water treatment network along with 160 km of electricity and telecommunications networks.

Challenges

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ was able to deliver 80% of the project in a record time despite the challenges faced during the construction time. The construction of Al Khor Road required full closure of 9 kilometres of the road from Simaisma Interchange to Qatar University Street for a period of 18 months while diverting traffic to Al Shamal Road. Ashghal was committed to finish all road works without any delay.

Remaining sections

Ashghal is working on completing the remaining sections of the road which include the construction of 34 kilometres of an Olympic cycle track on one side of the carriageway and 33 kilometres of shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists on the other side, as well as the construction of 42 pedestrian and cycle underpasses.

Future benefits to be delivered upon project completion

Al Khor Road is a major link to main roads

Al Khor Road and Al Shamal Road:

Al Khor Road connects to several main roads, which connect to the parallel Al Shamal Road such as Al khor, Simaisma and Al MajdRoads as well as Al Turfa Street. These connections offer a variety of options for road users to travel between the northern and eastern areas in addition to western and southern areas via Al Majd Road.

Al Khor Expressway and Al Majd Road:

The opening of Al Majd Road in February 2019, has significantly contributed in linking traffic coming from Al Khor Road and vice versa especially that Al Majd Road intersects with all other arterial roads in the country such as Al Shamal Road, Dukhan Road, Salwa Road to Mesaieed Road. Therefore, residents of Doha and the eastern areas of the country are now able to use Doha Expressway to access all the external areasbypassing the centre of Doha. Residents of West Bay, Lusail and the surrounding areas can easily access Al Wakra and Al Wukair and vice versa using Al Majd Road and the new Al Khor Road.

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Residential Areas

Al Khor Roadalong with Al Khorserves more than 20 residential areas such as Simaisma, Umm Qarn, Tinbak, Wadi Al Banat, Rawdat Al Hamama, Legtaifiya, Lusail, the Pearl and Al Turfa. The new road also facilitates access to Mesaieed and Dukhan through its intersection with Al Majd Road.

Sport Facilities

Al Khor Road is a major link to a number of 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums. It provides direct connection to Lusail and Al Bayt stadiums and facilitates access to Al Rayyan and Education City stadiums through its connection to Al Majd Road. Additionally, the new road facilitates access to Simaisma and Al Khor Youth Centres, Al Khor Sports Club, Lusail Sports Complex and Doha Golf Club.

Economic Facilities

Al Khor Road will serve a number of economic and vital facilities such as Rass Laffan, Lusail City, the Pearl and West Bay, all business and vital facilities and hotels. Furthermore, it will facilitate access to Al Daayen Services Complex and Lusail Reserves.

Leisure Facilities

The newly opened road will also provide enhanced traffic flow to a number of recreational and tourist destinations such as Katara, Simaisma Beach, Al Farkiya Beach and Al Daayen Celebration Hall Complex.

Educational Institutions

Several educational institutions benefit from the opening of Al Khor Road as it facilitates access to some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the State of Qatar such as Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, Qatar Leadership Academy, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and College of the North Atlantic.

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