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Ashghal (almost) completes long-awaited F-Ring Road project in Qatar

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Newly open F-Ring Road
Newly open F-Ring Road

This article was updated at 10pm to reflect that all of F-Ring is not yet complete.

Motorists heading to and from Al Wakrah, rejoice – after three years of work, Ashghal has completely opened F-Ring Road, increasing connectivity to the south of Doha, including to the new Hamad International Airport.

The $230 million project included the construction of a 7.2km eight-lane expressway, with four lanes in each direction, and a two-lane service road on both sides. It is supposed to provide the “missing link” between Mesaimeer St. and the main road leading to Al Wakrah.

How, commuters report that while F-Ring does take you to HIA, the other end heading to Al Thumana is not yet complete. Instead, motorists must make a U-turn and pass near the Church before reaching the Industrial Area Road.

Bird's eye view of F-Ring Road
Bird’s eye view of F-Ring Road

As part of the construction, two-level signaled junctions were created at Al Matar (Airport) St. and Najma St.

Work on some of the service roads, bridges and cycle pathways, as well as landscaping, is still underway, but Ashghal said this would not affect the traffic flow of the main carriageway.

In a statement, the public works authority added:

“Road users will now benefit from the shorter journey times and the free traffic flow created by the two level interchanges. In addition, the dedicated pedestrian and cycle paths will separate pedestrians and cyclists from traffic, which will keep them safe, promote other travel options, and help reduce reliance on vehicles.”

The project was completed by the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Teyseer Contracting Company Joint Venture, with KEO International Consultants Company as the supervising consultant.

Will the opening of F-Ring help you with your commute? Thoughts?

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Expat
Expat
6 years ago

Finally! The airport is a 10 minute drive away!

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
6 years ago

This is excellent.

Mumbo Jumbo
Mumbo Jumbo
6 years ago

It’s still closed at the end towards the road joiing medical commission/woqood depot when going from the airport, one would have to reroute and go towards the religious complex.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Mumbo Jumbo

Thanks for this info – just updated the post to reflect that.

greylag
greylag
6 years ago
Reply to  Mumbo Jumbo

Yes supposed to be a lovely elevated section past Woqod depot, but not even close to being finished. consequently school traffic around Al Jazeera/Parkhouse/Pakistani/Iranian schools is a nightmare in mornings.

greylag
greylag
6 years ago
Reply to  greylag

Took this road from the airport tonight, only to find myself winding around in the middle of no where before eventually arriving at Barwa City, so having to join Industrial Area traffic in order to eventually get on Shamal Expressway.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

Good job ashgal

Joe
Joe
6 years ago

I think we’re reaching a point where people can finally appreciate the hard work and dedication that Ashghal has been putting over the past decade for Qatar.

1. We can go from one end of corniche to the next without stopping at all
2. We have a beautiful expressway from corniche to airport
3. 4 lanes on C ring road
4. Burger king roundabout is gone
5. Markhiya street is legit with great and wide signal intersections
6. East industrial street has also opened on the 20th of December as an expressway extending from Furousiya street
7. Diversion roads have always exceeded the quality of the old roads being renovated (look at Gharrafa street, and the Rayyan alJadeed diversion they’re building)
8. Salwa road is epic (will be even better when they finish the center roundabout)
9. Final gem: F ring road. This will take off a huge load from shamal/D-ring and corniche.

Thank you Ashghal – awaiting more amazing results like Lusail and Rayyan expressways

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Sports R/A? TV R/A?

Jamal Al-Yafei
Jamal Al-Yafei
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

soon

Ms. Hala
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Expected to begin work early next year!

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Hala

Thank you all for your kind reply 🙂

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

They’re already preparing the site around the round about putting in all equipments

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Joe

I also think Ashghal is doing a great job!

Ms. Hala
6 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Seriously, kudos to Ashghal! Masha’Allah, in just the last couple years alone, they’ve been on schedule or even ahead despite the limited engineers on hand and have been more transparent with the project statuses.

Back home in California, took almost 7 plus years to finally open the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge (yes, half of a bridge). Caltrans was behind schedule, extremely over budget and lacked transparency until local media got involved.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Well put

Expat77
Expat77
6 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Ashgal is certainly doing a good job. Limited spaces are being expanded to remove bottlenecks. The problem is proportionate increase in vehicles will clog these in a couple of years. Final solution is moving towards mass transport systems like metro ….

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat77

but metro won’t be finished for the next few years….what about when starting a new road to have directly 4 lanes rather than have 2 and a couple of years later re-manipulate it and try to get an extra lane out of a miracle?
Why building an expressway in the middle of malls?
Why not planning?
Yes thanks to Ashgal. But Sheikh Zaed Rd has 5/6 lanes 12 years ago when traffic was not heavy in Dubai….that is planning!!

AEC
AEC
6 years ago

Still pretty jammed up at the Abu Hamour end. I assume they’re working on that too though?

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

Nope.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

Yes they’ll be bypasses

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

yes

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago

Ashghal reports the road is fully opened, well except one end of it. Is the point of a road not to take people from point A (lets call it the airport) to point B (destination X). I guess it will give people one more place to drive in circles, Qatar’s best leisure activity it seems.

Shabzed
Shabzed
6 years ago

#ThankYouAshghal

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

found out last night….when I arrived to the blocked end….had to be re-routed to Industrial Area…. ;-(

Jason
Jason
6 years ago

The problem in this country is they have these roadworks to address current traffic issues and has zero consideration for future growth. Salwa road is a prime example. It closed for over a year and when it reopened, it was smooth and free flowing. Another year passes and we add tens of thousands of cars to the road and it is a congested mess during peak traffic again.

Start future proofing these road projects by thinking of growth ahead 10+ years, not just what is at hand today.

DEEM
DEEM
6 years ago

Completely agree. They have done some great work, and deliver on time- once or twice even early. I particularly love the way I can be driving home one night and they are laying asphalt…. Next morning, it’s open, lines painted on it and everything. Good job Ashgal!

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