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New signaled intersection set up outside Pearl-Qatar to cut congestion

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Pearl Qatar
Pearl Qatar

To help ease the flow of traffic onto and from the Pearl-Qatar, a new intersection with smart traffic lights will open outside the island on Friday, the nation’s public works authority has said.

The signaled junction will replace a roundabout that opened at the beginning of the year, which temporarily managed traffic as work to create the new QR3.5 billion Lusail Expressway continues.

The new intersection will have sensor-controlled traffic lights that adjust the timing of the signals according to traffic flow, Ashghal said.

Intersection at Pearl-Qatar
Intersection at Pearl-Qatar

The existing roundabout at the corner of Lagoona Mall and the Grand Hyatt Hotel is being demolished and another one has been built further west, which will allow access to the shopping center and Zig-Zag towers.

However, the new road configuration means that motorists will no longer be able to turn left to go toward the Pearl upon exiting Lagoona. Instead, they will have to drive down to the Diplomatic Club roundabout and do a u-turn.

Ashghal said the work should also improve safety on the road, which gets particularly busy during the weekends, as commuters head to the Pearl, Lagoona Mall and nearby hotels.

There is only one entrance and exit to the Pearl, which can contribute to long traffic lines down the main road – something residents have previously voiced their concerns about given the safety implications.

Expressway work

Construction of the Lusail Expressway is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

Ashghal - Lusail Expressway image 001 NEW
Lusail Expressway

The 5.3km route along Al Istiqlal Road will connect Dafna/West Bay with Lusail City.

It will include four highway lanes with additional filter lanes, three large interchanges and connections with the Pearl-Qatar and Katara.

“Extensive artscape” along the length of the road will be a key feature.

In March this year, Malaysia-based contractor Eversendai announced it had won a QR263 million contract for the construction of the Al Wahda Arches and visitors’ center.

This will include two arches, with a visitors’ center suspended 40 meters above the road that can be accessed by cable car.

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Andrew Newnham
Andrew Newnham
5 years ago

What exactly is the Lusail Expressway image supposed to show? Looks like a road that’s sprung a leak.

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Newnham

Agree, it’s supposed to show something like this.

Gracie
Gracie
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Wow this looks nice, wish they would hurry up

KK
KK
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

i have seen this picture already in 2011,…

Karter
Karter
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Newnham

Cheers Andy…

AEC
AEC
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Newnham

It’s expressing.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Newnham

The architect was an expressionist 🙂

onthefence
onthefence
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Newnham

Someone walking to avoid the traffic jams

DB
DB
5 years ago

Traffic in that area is generally fine (except on weekend nights) except when the police show up and attempt to “direct” traffic. That’s when the backups become unbearable. I worry the light will have the same effect.

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago

traffic lights – well they just get ignored by the 333 number plate brigade dont they ?

Saleem
Saleem
5 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

You do know that is the license plate of the Emir, are you saying you seen him run red lights?

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  Scarletti

Vehicle No :000333
Vehicle Type :PRIVATE VEHICLE
Vehicle Road Permit Expiry Date :2015-09-14

No Violations

http://www.moi.gov.qa/TFCViolations/Actions

Aussieinthesand
Aussieinthesand
5 years ago

How much did the supermarket on the Pearl pay to make it difficult to get back to the Pearl from Lagoona?

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