Posted on October 16, 2017

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announces the opening of a new 700 metre underpass on Mesaimeer Interchange, providing residents in the Umm Al Seneem, Mesaimeer and Industrial Areas with a free-flowing link between Industrial Area Road and the E Ring Road for the first time. 

Senior officials were present in the inauguration of the new underpass, including Ashghal’s Expressway Department Manager Eng. Yousef Al Emadi, Traffic Safety and Engineering Brigadier Mohammed Maarifiya, Central Municipality Council members Mr. Abdularahman Abdullah Al Khulaifi and   Abdullah bin Salim Khawar along with a number of Ashghal’s project engineers. The opening of the new underpass, which is located underneath F Ring Road and Mesaimeer Road, replaces an existing roundabout on Industrial Area Road and is expected to significantly improve traffic flow between the Industrial Area and Doha during peak travel times. 

To further improve traffic flow towards the new underpass, the Public Works Authority has also opened an additional 1.8 kilometre section of Industrial Area Road, which offers road users four lanes in each direction and enhances the road’s existing vehicle capacity by 25 percent. The new section of Industrial Area Road and the underpass on Mesaimeer   Interchange have been equipped with a new storm water drainage network which will allow the Public Works Authority to significantly reduce the risk of flooding in the event of heavy rain or storms.  

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On this occasion, Engineer Youssef Al Emadi, Ashghal Expressway Department Manager, has stressed the importance of the new underpass as part of Mesaimeer Interchange, one of the junctions of Rawdat Al Khail Sreet Extension project. He highlighted the fact that it is such a key passage that provides a direct link between the Industrial Area and the Al Thumam, Kamis Leabildy Junction, as known, and E-Ring Road. He said that the signal-controlled intersection, due to open shortly, will alleviate traffic for commuters coming from Industrial area to Umm Al Saneem, Bu Hamour, Mesaimeer and Religion Complex besides Hamad International Airport via F-Ring Road. “With the completion of the whole project scope, including the major junctions and the main and service roads”, Al Emadi added, “there will better movement and shorter journeys from the Industrial Area to Doha and less traffic in the areas around.”

Umm Al Seneem and Ain Khalid CMC member Abdullah bin Salim Khawar said that the new Mesaimeer Interchange underpass opened by Ashghal is so crucial for the residents of the area around, noting that the road is a major route connecting the Industrial Area with Doha and the opening will create more traffic mobility since the area is challenged with much congestion; it is an Ashghal’s achievement. For his part, Al Maamoura CMC member Abdularahman Abdullah Al Khulaifi, considers the underpass is so crucial that it will reduce travel time remarkably since travelling to the Industrial Area will take no time.

He alluded that accessing the Industrial Area from  Kamis Leabidly Roundabout will take from five to seven minutes and will streamline traffic especially when the at-grade signalized intersection would be accomplished, voicing his satisfaction at the speed implementation of the project. Traffic Safety and Engineering Department Manager Brigadier Mohammed Maarifiya said that the fresh underpass will enhance vehicle movement particularly after increasing the road capacity to four lanes in each direction, hinting that travelers heading from Industrial Area to Doha will witness a free flowing traffic as well.

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The opening of the 700 metre underpass is the second major milestone on the three-level Mesaimeer (56) Interchange. The Public Works Authority previously opened the interchange’s highest level, a 900 metre flyover that connects F Ring Road to Mesaimeer Road, in July 2016. The final level, a signalised intersection that will provide new connections between the F Ring Road and Industrial Area Road, is expected to be complete before the end of 2017. Mesaimeer (56) Interchange is one of five major, multi-level interchanges that are being constructed as part of the Rawdat Al Khail Street Extension project. The Public Works Authority has already opened three of the interchanges in 2017, including East Street 33 Interchange, Umm Al Seneem Interchange and Wadi Lubara Interchange.

Upon completion, the 12.5 kilometre Rawdat Al Khail Street Extension project will create a free-flowing route between the Industrial Area and Al Thumama, through the upgrade and enhancement of Industrial Area Road, East Industrial Street and F Ring Road. The project is designed to serve residential and commercial stakeholders in the Umm Al Seneem, Mesaimeer and Industrial Areas, and will enhance connectivity and ease of access to Barwa Commercial Avenue, Labour City, Asian Town and Mesaimeer Cemetery. 

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