Posted on June 10, 2014

H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP), Chairman of the Main Roads Projects Steering Committee, conducted field visits to two major infrastructure projects being implemented by the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’. The projects included Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water Tunnelling work launch site and Lusail expressway project.

Accompanied by H.E. Eng. Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, President of the Public Works Authority, members of Ashghal’s Main Roads Projects Steering Committee, H.E. the Minister toured both the Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water Tunnelling and the Lusail expressway projects and was briefed on their construction development. The briefing included progress of works currently being undertaken based on set plans and schedules of Ashghal’s drainage projects and Expressway Programme respectively.

The visiting delegation included members of the Main Roads Projects Steering Committee comprising of Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Abdulla, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Abdul Kareem Al-Meer, Deputy Chairman of Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and Mr. Abdullah Nasser Al Khalifa, Representative of the Audit Bureau in Qatar. Also present at the site visit were Mr. Jalal Yousef Al Salhi, Director of Ashghal’s Infrastructure Affairs, Mr. Nasser Ghaith Al-Kuwari, Manager of Ashghal’s Highway Projects and Mr. Ghanem Rashid Al-Mansoori, Secretary of the Main Roads Projects Steering Committee.

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H.E. the Minister’s site visit started with the Lusail Expressway project, an integral project within Ashghal’s nationwide Expressway Programme. The project includes the reconstruction and development of the current Lusail Expressway south of the Arch roundabout to the northern canal corridor. Providing a vital link into Doha’s fast growing Lusail City, the project consists of a 5.3 km highway of four lanes, in addition to extra lanes to facilitate traffic between intersections.

Lusail expressway project includes three major interchanges: Al Wahda Interchange, Onaiza Interchange and the Pearl Interchange. It will serve the important growing urban areas of Dafna and Al Gassar, and those that contain touristic attractions including Katara and Pearl through the development of intersections. The intersections will be developed through the removal of roundabouts and replacing them with multilevel intersection that provides smooth traffic in all directions.

Construction of Lusail Expressway commenced in Q3 of 2012 and is expected to be completed by Q3 of 2017.  Currently works are underway on building Al Wahda intersection which will be converted into a three-level interchange including a dual three-lane underpass from Al Dafna area to Lusail. It will also comprise a single point interchange at ground level from Al Wahda traffic and three lane directional links at level one from Lusail Expressway to the Central Business District.

The project also comprises approximately 2,900 metres of infrastructure tunnels of around 3m diameter to carry high-voltage electrical cables of 132 kilovolt power, in addition to more than a kilometre of storm water and foul water drainage tunnel of 2.5 m² in diameter to stream treated water and reuse it to irrigate green surfaces. The project will also include a 1100 metre-long tunnel of 9.5 metre width and 5.5 metre height for the Lusail City Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

One of the main benefits of constructing these tunnels using the micro-tunnelling technology will be to allow the construction of new utility networks along the existing ones without the need of traditional deep excavation, refilling or diverting existing roads and utilities. These tunnels will also facilitate access to the utilities network for maintenance purposes when needed.

As a result of Ashghal’s stringent safety and security measures, the project achieved a milestone of 10 million man-hours without lost time incident in June, 2014. This achievement is the result of Ashghal’s commitment to identifying and promoting health and safety best practices, facilitating system improvements and by following safe working procedures on work zones.

H.E. the Minister of Municipality 3 [].jpgH.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani also paid a field visit to Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water Tunnelling project. The visit comes few weeks after the commencement of excavation works on this significant project which is being undertaken by Ashghal to enhance Qatar’s drainage network in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The excavations are being carried out by technologically advanced Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) “Al Rawda”, one of the two specially designed and developed TBM’s for this project.

The Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water Tunnel will alleviate Doha’s storm water by transporting it from a 170 km² of catchment area, covering southern and western parts of greater Doha. The tunnel will run in parallel to the F-Ring Road and extend approximately 9.7 km from the excavation starting point. The tunnel will stretch 5.4 km from Al Thumama to the west and 4.3 km to the east to the planned pumping station near the new Hamad International Airport.

Giving impetus to local construction companies, Ashghal’s Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water tunnel will be constructed using pre-cast slabs manufactured by a Qatari company SMEET Precast, one of the largest and advanced factories in the MENA region located at the Mesaieed Industrial City. Ashghal’s Mesaimeer Surface and Ground Water Tunnel tunnel project is scheduled to be completed by 2017.

At the end of the visit, H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani expressed his satisfaction on work progress and milestones achieved on both projects. He urged the projects’ teams to continue their efforts to successfully implement these major projects.

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