Doha: The public Works Authority (Ashghal) has opened sections of a new interchange on F-Ring Road. The new interchange will provide free flow traffic between Doha, north and south and direct connection with Al Thumama Stadium. The interchange is part of the World Cup infrastructure.
The new project is a vital interchange in the country, consisting of two levels including a main bridge, four loop bridges and four underpasses for vehicles as well as two pedestrian bridges and six tunnels for pedestrians and bicycles.
The opening included accesses from the F-Ring Road to the G-Ring Road in both directions, as well as a one and a half kilometer road linking the new interchange to the Umm Bisher Interchange, which runs from two to five routes. In addition to opening two loop bridges and two carriageways and a 3 km service road along the F-Ring road.
The opening was held in presence of Youssef Al Emadi, Highway Dept. Manager, Saoud Al Ansari, Al Thumama Stadium project manager, Brigadier Mohamed Maarifiya, Traffic safety and Engineering Department manager, Sheikha Al Jifeeri, Central Municipal Council member, along with Ashghal officials and project engineers.
The completion of the interchange will be a major link connecting the Southern Part of Doha Express Highway with the main Doha Expressway and 22 February Street, connecting the south of the country to its north via Doha. It is located on the F-Ring Road and directly connects to the G-Ring Road and the Southern Part of Doha Express Highway with the E-Ring Road, Rawdat Al Khail Road, Industrial Area Road and Doha Expressway.
The interchange will serve many residential areas such as Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Abu Hamour and Nuaija and enhancing the traffic flow coming from the southern areaâ€™s of Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Doha.
The new achievement is part of the infrastructure preparations for the World Cup, whereas the Public Works Authority is keen to accelerate the pace of work and hand over World Cup projects ahead of schedule. Once complete, the new interchange will serve Al Thumama Stadium, one of the World Cup stadiums. The interchange will also ease access for visitors coming from Al Wakra and Ras Bu Abboud stadiums.
The new interchange will include safe passages for the public, with two bridges and six tunnels to facilitate safe access to the matches. Upon completion, the interchange will provide free traffic flow for those coming from Hamad International Airport, Mesaimeer and the Industrial Area, in addition to those coming from the southern areaâ€™s and Al Wakra Stadium towards Al Thumama Stadium.
Project Engineer, Hassan Al-Ghanim said that large parts of the interchange were opened more than five months ahead of schedule, while the full interchange will be completed in the second quarter of 2019.
â€œThe new opening will reduce the travel time by more than 60%. Those coming from the F-Ring Road will have direct access to G-Ring Road and the Southern Part of Doha Express Highway without the need to use Najma Street, Airport Road or Al Wakra Road,â€ he added.
Road users coming from Mesaimeer, Abu Hamour and Industrial Area via the F-Ring Road can turn right at the new interchange to the G-Ring Road or continue through the Umm Bishr Interchange to the Southern Part of Doha Express Highway and the southern areas such as Al Wakra and Al Wukair.
Commuters coming from Hamad International Airport Road, Airport Road and Najma Street, via the F-Ring Road can use the loop bridge to reach to the G-Ring Road or continue through the Umm Bishr Interchange to the Southern Part of Doha Express Highway and the southern areas such as Al Wakrah and Al Wukair.
Travellers coming from Hamad International Airport and Al Wakra Road via the G-Ring Road, can turn right at the Umm Bishr Interchange to reach the F-Ring Road via the new interchange. Road users can turn right at the new interchange towards Najma Street, Airport Road and Hamad International Airport or use the bridge leading to Mesaimeer, Abu Hamour and the Industrial Street.