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Ashghal announces new diversions in Al Wakrah, Al Mansoura

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Qatar’s public works authority will institute a major traffic diversion this week on the main road connecting Al Wakrah with Doha, with detours that are expected to last until the end of 2016.

Starting Tuesday, March 31, southbound motorists used to traveling on the roughly 2km stretch of Al Wakrah Rd. between just south of Barwa Village to the roundabout at Ras Abu Funtas Rd. will be diverted onto a temporary road running parallel to the existing street.

Ashghal said the temporary road will contain three lanes running in either direction, the same as the existing road. A new set of traffic lights will be installed at the southern edge of the detour at Ras Abu Funtas Rd.

Wakrah diversion
Wakrah diversion

The diversion will be implemented in two phases, starting with southbound traffic this week. Northbound traffic will be moved to the temporary road on Wednesday, April 8.

The detour is expected to be in place until the fourth quarter of 2016, Ashghal said, adding that the closure is required to make way for two major transportation projects.

The first is construction of the East-West Corridor Expressway, a new 10-lane highway running from Al Matar (Airport) St., south of Air Force Roundabout, to west of Barwa City. The new transportation corridor will effectively link the Industrial Area to Hamad International Airport and the new port.

The other project in the area is the Doha Metro’s Red Line South, which will run from Msheireb to Al Wakrah. The southernmost part of the line is planned to run at ground level or on elevated tracks along Al Wakrah Rd.

Najma Street

Elsewhere in Qatar, one lane along a busy road in a dense area of Doha will soon be closed for the next three months.

Ashghal said the lane closure will begin on Tuesday and last 90 days, as upgrades are conducted on the area’s sewer system.

Najma Road diversion
Najma Road diversion

The affected area will include the stretch of Najma St. between Al Mansoura St. and C-Ring Rd.

Southbound traffic headed toward C-Ring Rd. will be diverted off Najma St. and forced to turn right onto Nawfal Bin Al Harith St. Motorists will then turn left onto Saleem Bin Al Hareth St. until they reach Abha St., which can be used to get back onto Najma St.

Northbound traffic, meanwhile, will be shifted onto the southbound lanes of Najma St. between Abha St. and Nawfal Bin Al Harith St.

Meanwhile, Bin al Hareth St. – which runs parallel to Najma St., one block to the east – will be closed in both directions.

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A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

There was a big story in the Arabic papers about work starting in the industrial areas.. I think work will be done in four phases each phase with four different parcels to different contractors plus they’ll be sky walks installed…

Slowly but surely ashgal is improving

Bajn
Bajn
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Ashghal has a lot of good projects going on. Putting in underpasses at all intersections at ring roads C, D and E would be awesome.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago

The expats are responsible for all Ashghal problems

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Who are “expats”? Does that include every single expats that work in a retail store/multinational organization? What are “all” problems? Are problems like inadequate labor regulations the problem of the “expats”?

Next time you want to create a shallow-minded comment, try YouTube or Yahoo answers.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Deleting for irrelevance.

vini
vini
6 years ago

Can Ashgal or the authorities give some consideration for the pedestrians as it is a potential safety hazard now. In Doha, all the foot paths are encroached by contractors, blocked for on going construction activities, blocked by vehicles and other installations. Most of the places the pedestrian crossings are not marked – it looks like the designers, engineers and contractors are do not consider human life valuable to provide proper access.

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