31 C
Doha
Monday, May 10, 2021

New Al Rayyan Road diversions likely to cause delays for Doha motorists

-

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

As part of ongoing work to convert Al Rayyan Road into an eight-lane highway, Qatar’s public works authority has announced two sets of traffic diversions that take effect today.

The project falls under Ashghal’s ambitious Expressways program, which aims to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion across key roads in Doha.

This specific work involves the renovation and expansion of the artery road that runs from western Doha through a number of popular residential areas in Al Rayyan, and past the southern side of Education City to eventually connect with the busy Sports Roundabout.

Starting today, the first diversion affects Dukhan Road East from the interchange opposite Al Wajba Palace to Garrafat Al Rayyan (Qatar Academy) roundabout, effectively closing Bani Hajer roundabout, which is located to the west of Education City.

Ashghal did not specify how long the detours for this part of the project would be in place.

But the diversion will likely mean delays and more congestion in the area as commuters traveling along Al Rayyan Road who wish to head north or west at Bani Hajer are instead forced east to the roundabout in front of Qatar Academy, before making a U-turn to head west.

Diversions around Bani Hajer roundabout
Diversions around Bani Hajer roundabout

According to a statement issued by Ashghal, diversions will take motorists to a three-lane alternative road south of the existing Dukhan Road.

The detour will also include introduce a U-turn on the alternative road, heading north of the existing Dukhan Road toward the interchange opposite Al Wajba Palace, so that vehicles do not have to use the interchange.

Al Rayyan Road has been closed in both directions from Bani Hajer roundabout to Al Wajba roundabout (also known as Qtel roundabout) which has been converted to a signal-controlled intersection.

Traffic traveling from the interchange opposite Al Wajba Palace towards the Bani Hajer roundabout must use the alternative route to reach Garrafat Al Rayyan (Qatar Academy) roundabout.

New underpass works

Ashghal’s second diversion, which also took effect today, involves a minor, 800m detour on Al Rayyan Road between the roundabout that connects the Expressway and Sports roundabout.

Diversions on Al Rayyan Rd by Sports Roundabout
Diversions on Al Rayyan Rd by Sports Roundabout

Traffic traveling eastward, towards Sports Roundabout, will be diverted onto a parallel and adjacent three-lane road that reconnects with Al Rayyan Road just before Sports Roundabout.

As such, no significant delays are expected there during the works, which will last 18 months.

The diversions are to enable the construction of an underpass beneath Al Rayyan Road as part of the upgrade and construction of the road project, which should improve traffic flow in the area and reduce congestion at the busy Sports roundabout and also the roundabout by the Expressway.

Once completed, the underpass would allow traffic coming eastbound on Al Rayyan Road to access Jassim Bin Hamad Street without having to drive to Sports Roundabout.

The underpass would also allow vehicles heading southbound along Jassim Bin Hamad Street to reach Sports Roundabout without having to pass through the Expressway roundabout, Ashghal said.

A similar diversion is expected to be in place in the near future on the westbound carriageway, heading away from Sports Roundabout. However, Ashghal said the works were not expected to cause delays.

Road upgrade

Overall, Ashghal is upgrading nearly 10km of Al Rayyan Road to expand it to four lanes in each direction, with signal-controlled intersections, underpasses, flyovers and a central median. Side roads and service roads will also be revamped of the program.

Al Rayyan Expressway project
Al Rayyan Expressway project

Announced in January last year, the project has been divided into two phases.

Work on the first section, which includes the 2.9km portion of road between the Bani Hajer Roundabout at Al Luqta Street in the west and the New Al Rayyan Roundabout at Furousiya Street and Huwar Street in the east started in early 2014.  That upgrade is expected to be complete by fall 2016.

Meanwhile, Al Rayyan Road Eastern portion takes in the 5.3km stretch of road between Sports roundabout near the Women’s Hospital in the east and the New Al Rayyan roundabout in the west. It is set to be finished in 2017.

Thoughts?

8 COMMENTS

Subscribe
Notify of
8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

Roads closed ! Will probably cause traffic… Give Walker her Pulitzer Prize already …

aak
aak
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Why so much cynicism?? No body is forcing you to come to this site. Its your free will. If you are so disturbed, and it looks like you are; just don’t visit. Or even better start a website of your own. And then give us the REAL news. All the best.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Nothing wrong with letting people know about these diversions so they can plan ahead. Ashghal should’ve taken initiative and asked Qatar Foundation to circulate the information among their employees instead of people finding out via 1st hand experience.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago

Absolute chaos this morning.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

Did anyone actually think this through?

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

I think you know the answer to your own question! Can you think of anything here that HAS been thought through?

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

Tell me about it; and what was up with the internal security car blocking access to Qatar Academy (Gharaft Al Ryaan) R/A if you’re coming from North?!

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

It got better than that. Apparently the people who work in Education City couldn’t get from Education City Housing to work. Go figure!

Related Articles

- Advertisment -

Most Read

Subscribe to Doha News below!

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.