Posted on October 04, 2018

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has announced the partial opening of a new bridge at Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Attiya Interchange and a new tunnel at Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani Interchange as part of Al Rayyan Road Development Project (Phase 2). The opening will take place on Friday 5/10/2018, in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic, to provide a free and direct traffic flow between Al Furousiya Street and Al Huwar Street.

In attendance was Eng. Ahmad Al Emadi from the Highway Department, Eng. Hamad Issa, Manager of Road Assets Department at the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mr. Mohammed Mahmoud Al Shafi, Chairman of the Central Municipal Council, and member of the 14th Precinct and Mr. Mohammed Salem Al Qamra, Member of the Municipal Council, Brigadier General Mohammad Marafia, Traffic Safety and Engineering Department Manager, and Engineer Saqer Al Kaaabi, Representative of Al Rayyan Municipality, and a number of officials of the authority and the project engineers.

The new bridge is 370-meter long and includes four lanes in each direction, two of which will be open in each direction. The new tunnel is 925 meters long and includes five lanes in each direction, of which two directions will open in each direction, to allow the continuation of construction works on the project. This is in addition to opening two lanes on Al Rayyan Road below the new bridge in the direction from Bani Hajar to Doha. The new openings will lead to a significant improvement in traffic flow in the area, especially between Al Furousiya Street and Al-Hawar Street, leading to Al Gharafa Road and Khalifa Avenue, where a number of traffic detours will be canceled, reducing traffic time to more than 50%.

The openings will serve many areas, especially Al Rayyan, Al-Luqta, Al-Gharafa, Mreikh, Fareej Al-Amir, in addition to Education City and Aspire Zone. In this occasion, the Project Engineer Eng. Abdullah Qassem said that the Public Works Authority is working on the completion of the second phase of the Al Rayyan Road Development Project by the end of 2018, as per the directives of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. He added that the new bridge and tunnel will bring a significant change in traffic, which will reduce travel time and  traffic congestion, stressing that the openings will provide a free flow traffic for those coming to and from Al- Furousiya Street and Al- Hawar Street and will serve busy areas such as Muaither and Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa.

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Following the opening, a traffic change will be in place as the the tempoarary light signals and the left turn at Al Rayyan Al Jadeed eastwards and westwards will be removed as follows:

From Al Gharafa:

  • Road users traveling from Al Gharafa via Huwar Street can use the new underpass at Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani Interchange and new bridge at Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Interchange to travel south towards Aspire Zone.
  • Road users traveling from Al Gharafa wishing to travel west towards Bani Hajer can use the diverted road and turn right onto Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Street.

From Aspire Zone:

  • Road users traveling from Aspire Zone via Al Furousiya Street can use the new bridge at Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Interchange and new underpass at Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani Interchange to travel north towards Al Gharafa.
  • Road users traveling from Aspire Zone can use the diverted Al Furousiya Street and turn right onto Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Street to travel east towards Doha.

From Bani Hajer:

  • Road users traveling from Bani Hajer via Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Street can use the new underpass at Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Interchange to travel east towards Doha. They can also use this underpass and turn left after the R5 Bridge to travel north towards Al Gharafa.
  • Road users traveling from Bani Hajer can use the temporary diverted road to travel south towards Aspire Zone.

From Doha:

  • Road users traveling from Doha via Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Street can turn right before the new bridge at Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Interchange to travel north towards Al Gharafa. They can also use the diverted southbound Huwar Street and turn right towards Bani Hajer.

From Al Maqareen Street:

  • Road users traveling from Al Maqareen Street can turn right onto Huwar Street to travel north towards Al Gharafa. They can also use the new U-Turn to travel onto new underpass at Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani Interchange and new bridge at Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Interchange to travel south towards Aspire Zone. They can also use the diverted southbound Huwar Street and turn right towards Bani Hajer.

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The project includes the development of the road from the west of the Olympic Roundabout to the west of Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Attiya Roundabout (New Rayyan Roundabout), the project will develop a new dual carriageway of 5.5 km in four lanes in each direction, in addition to developing five main intersections, a bridge and a tunnel which are:

  1. Intersection of Al Rayyan Road with Al Furousiya Street: An intersection of three levels so that Al Rayyan Road traffic will flow freely through the tunnel, while the local traffic uses the signals at the ground level of the intersection, as for Al Huwar Street crossing Al Furousiya Street will be a free flow through the bridge
  2. The intersection of the Al Rayyan Al Qadeem Street with Al Huwar Street: An Intersection of two levels so that the street traffic will flow freely through the tunnel, and the Al Rayyan Al Qadeem Street on the ground level with a traffic control through the traffic signals.​
  3. The intersection of Al Rayyan Road with Al Bustan Street: An intersection with three levels so that the free flow of traffic will be on the Al Rayyan Road through the tunnel, while the local traffic flow will be at the ground level and controlled by the traffic signals​
  4. The intersection of Al Rayyan Al Qadeem Street with Al Bustan Street: A two-level intersection, so traffic flow freely on Al Bustan Street through the tunnel. Traffic on the Al Rayyan Al Qadeem Street will be on the ground level and will be coordinated by the traffic lights.
  5. The intersection of Al-Rayyan Road and 22nd of February Street:  An intersection with four levels. The current intersection is being renewed and a new bridge will be constructed with the support of two structures to accommodate the traffic coming from the north on 22 February Street. Traffic coming from the west will be on Al-Rayyan Road.​
  6. Al Mesila Tunnel: A two-level intersection, where traffic flows at the ground level on Al-Rayyan Road. As for traffic on Jassim Bin Hamad Street using the tunnel which connects the eastern side of Al-Rayyan Road directly
  7. Al-Rayyan Bridge:  A one-way bridge composed of two corridors. It contributes to the free flow of traffic from Al Waab towards the new Al Rayyan Street, thus relieving pressure on Al Rayyan Roundabout.

 The second project of the Al Rayyan Road Construction and Development Project involves the implementation of extensive works to establish and upgrade the infrastructure of the area within the scope of the project, where a 31 km of treated sewage lines will be installed for irrigation of green spaces, and a 40 km of stormwater drainage netwoek will be installed, 32 km of drinking water pipes and the installation of a 15 km of sewage network.

Phase Two Opening

Ashghal opened in 2017 Al Mesila Tunnel within the second phase of the Al Rayyan Road Development Project, in addition to the opening of Jassim Bin Hamad Street, which is directly connected to Al Rayyan Road which has been expanded and opening parts of  the old Traffic Roundabout which was diverted into an intersection with traffic lights. Al Mesila Tunnel, located below Al Rayyan Road, 800 meters west of the Olympic Roundabout, is the first construction achievement in phase two of the Al Rayyan Road Development Project.

The Public Works Authority has also opened Al Rayyan Interchange Bridge, which is about one kilometer long and consists of two lanes in one direction connecting traffic from Al Amir Street and Doha Expressway with the new Al Rayyan Road.

The first phase of the Al Rayyan Road

Ashghal opened the first phase for the development of Al Rayyan Road in 2017, which extends for about three kilometers west of Khalid Bin Al Attiya (New Rayyan Roundabout) to the east of Bani Hajar roundabout, including the construction of four lanes in each direction separated by a central island , a 2 Kilometer in length side roads and a 5.8 km in length service roads. It also consists of developing three intersections which are Al Shafi Street, and Al Qalaa Street  and Al Wajba  Street with Al Rayyan Road.

The project also included pedestrian and cycle paths to encourage the public to walk and use bicycles, which are considered an environmentally friendly means of transportation, as they do not produce any emissions that affects the environment negatively, also reduces the congestion and traffic jams.

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