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Qatar commuters to contend with road diversions as schools reopen

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

Many residents returning to Qatar after a summer holiday abroad will find their usual route to work or school disrupted by the dozens of roadwork projects underway in and around Doha.

Several new diversions and lane closures were put in place late last month, just ahead of the start of the new school year – typically one of the busiest times on the country’s roads as commuters adjust to a new schedule.

The Traffic Department is planning to step up patrols around schools and roadwork projects in an effort to reduce congestion, according to the Qatar Tribune in addition to installing “smart” traffic lights at intersections so red and green signals are timed according to vehicle volumes.

But with more cars and SUVs expected on the road in the coming days, here are some construction projects to watch out for:

Partial road closures in Al Najma

Ongoing upgrades to the sewage network in Al Najma is bringing about more lane and intersection closures.

Al Mansoura lane closures
Al Mansoura lane closures

Until Oct. 10, a 355-meter stretch of Al Mansoura Street, stretching from before the intersection with Al Kharaib Street to past the intersection with Al Bunduqiya Street, will be shut down. By banning on-street parking, one lane of traffic will remain open in both directions.

Additionally, Al Kharaib Street will be closed at the intersection with Al Mansoura Street.

Dukhan Highway East

Al Afaf Street, leading north off the Bani Hajer Roundabout at the eastern edge of Education City, will be closed for the next 2.5 years – the latest in a series of closures in the area to make way for construction of the Dukhan Highway East project.

Bani Hajer Roundabout closure
Bani Hajer Roundabout closure

Motorists driving on Al Luqta Street heading from Doha towards Dukhan can skip the Bani Hajer Roundabout and continue driving until Al Ghawth Street, where they can make a right turn to enter the neighborhood of Bani Hajer.

Al Rayyan Road lane closures

The inner lanes in both directions of Al Rayyan Road, just west of the interchange with the Doha Expressway, will be closed until late November or early December as part of upgrades to the busy road.

Al Rayyan lane closure
Al Rayyan lane closure

The closure runs for approximately 350 meters and will allow construction crews to build a new bridge linking Al Rayyan Road to the Expressway. Traffic will be diverted to the right-hand lanes during the closure.

Local roads shut around Al Wakrah Hospital

Construction crews installing new sewer lines in the growing Al Wakrah community are closing off three local roads at their intersection with Al Wakrah Hospital Street until February 2016.

Al Wakrah lane and road closures
Al Wakrah lane and road closures

The closed roads are located at the first (Street 1083), second (Street 1064) and fourth (Street 1003) exit to the west side of Al Wakrah Hospital Street.

The local road closures are on top of the lane reductions already in place.

One lane on Al Wakrah Hospital Street, between the southern edge of the medical center and the New Al Meera Roundabout, has been closed since May. Motorists in either direction can use the two remaining lanes.

However, Al Wakrah Hospital Street is closed to northbound traffic between the Al Wakrah Hospital Roundabout and the Al Wukair Road Roundabout. That’s forced northbound drivers on Al Wakrah Hospital Street headed towards Doha to turn right onto Al Andalus Street and then turning right again at the end of the street onto Abdul Rahman Bin Jassim Street before making a U-turn at Al Jabal Roundabout.

Al Shamal lane closures

North of Doha, just before Ikea, one lane of the Al Shamal Road in either direction will be closed around the Al Kheesa Bridge at Al Kheesa Interchange until mid-September in order to complete construction of a flyover.

Al Shamal lane closures
Al Shamal lane closures

How have you changed your commute? Thoughts?

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Anonmauser
Anonmauser
5 years ago

Enjoy you guys.

Aussiegirl
Aussiegirl
5 years ago

One would think that doing these sort of things at the end of June, when traffic in Doha traditionally goes into a quiet period would be wiser than waiting till a week before the school crowd flocks back and then going gung-ho with the street closures. Still I guess they have their reasons for doing it this way.

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  Aussiegirl

Reason = oops

Michael L
Michael L
5 years ago
Reply to  Aussiegirl

Common sense ? Logic ? Strategic planning ?

Dana
Dana
5 years ago
Reply to  Aussiegirl

Construction never stops, 24/7/52.

AEC
AEC
5 years ago
Reply to  Dana

They just do it incredibly slowly do we get to enjoy out all the time…

onthefence
onthefence
5 years ago
Reply to  Aussiegirl

It takes two years to build a major highway, not two months ….

Aussiegirl
Aussiegirl
5 years ago
Reply to  onthefence

True but if they closed it at the beginning of summer then it would be 1 year and 10 months of traffic hassle. Last year they waited until about 2 weeks before school started back to rearrange traffic and do paving around our school (which is in an area with 3 other busy schools). The work was basically finished in 3 months so the vast majority of it could have been done in the quieter summer school holiday time but instead it was weeks of traffic chaos for hundreds of parents and drivers.

Joe
Joe
5 years ago

But we keep coming back!

LBHK
LBHK
5 years ago

Admin. You mean the “western” edge of Education City when describing the Dukhan Highway East roadworks

AEC
AEC
5 years ago

It will be absolute chaos. Brace yourselves.

qatari
qatari
5 years ago

you would see a sort of ease in the streets by 2018 . till then ,your 20min drive any where almost in doha would talk around 45min ( in a good day)

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