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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

New road diversions go up in Qatar near Katara, Souq Waqif

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

Starting Monday, commuters heading down Al Rayyan Road toward Souq Waqif will need to take a different route to get to the market.

Ashghal has announced that the section of Al Rayyan Road from Al Diwan intersection going to Al Jasra intersection will be closed for the next two and a half months to finish construction work in the area.

Al Rayyan road diversion
Al Rayyan road diversion

Notably, traffic will continue to flow in the opposite direction on the same road.

To reach the Souq, Ashghal recommends that motorists drive a loop by turning left at the Diwan intersection and take Qalaat Al Askar St. leading to the Corniche, before taking a right at Jassim bin Mohammed St.

Katara

Elsewhere, Ashghal has set up a new entrance to Katara Cultural Village on Lusail St. as work continues on the Lusail Expressway project.

On Monday, the existing entrance to Katara via the often-congested Lagoon Roundabout will be permanently closed to allow a work zone for the construction of the expressway and a metro station. The existing exit from Katara at the roundabout will remain in place.

New entrance for Katara
New entrance for Katara

Once the closure takes effect, motorists heading from the Pearl toward City Center mall will need to make a U-turn at Al Gassar Junction to get into Katara.

East Industrial

East Industrial St.
East Industrial St.

Finally, Ashghal has announced the opening of East Industrial St., following a major overhaul that included adding smart signals, upgrading the area’s electricity and water networks and improving street lighting.

Work on service roads in the area, as well as pedestrian crossings and cycle pathways, continues.

In a statement, the public works authority explained that the project is part of its ongoing expressway program:

The importance of the East Industrial Street project is that it will serve vehicles and heavy trucks entering the Industrial Area by creating a vital ring road which links to Al Furousiya, Al Gharrafa, Al Khafji Streets projects. The East Industrial Street will increase the capacity for the heavy traffic flow in this area, through widening the roads and upgrading the interchanges. The driving time for the distance from one end of the project to the other end after opening the road is only 5 minutes at the posted speed.

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DEEM
DEEM
6 years ago

Fantastic news…. I know it is chaotic for a while, but in the end it can only improve…. Getting past Katara and onto the pearl has improved already.

But noting can upset me today! This is my favourite time of the year…. A good percentage of the whining, whinging, moaning expats go home…. The schools are closed, so no manic mothers for a few weeks, the traffic is light, the sun is shining and all is right with my world… On days like this I just want to climb to the top of tornado tower and scream

“I love this town!!!”

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  DEEM

How’s your QDC quota going? Had a hard hit today I’d suggest.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Not everyone is an alcoholic or drinks like an Australian… Both non mutually exclusive

DEEM
DEEM
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Lol. Actually, no. I don’t drink at home. Hardly use my QDC licence

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  DEEM

“A good percentage of the whining, whinging, moaning expats go home” Good riddance 😀
I’m so happy too!

Ken Baglee
Ken Baglee
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

????

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Ken Baglee

what

Jamal Al-Yafei
Jamal Al-Yafei
6 years ago

just a clarification , Al askar roundbout Exit toward Cornich road is always blocked by a barrier by Lekhwiya , so the map showing the alternate Route going from al askar road thru the roundbout to the Cornich is invalid ..

so you guys wont waste your time and get stuck in traffic …

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