First Phase of Al Rayyan Road Upgrade Project Opens
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) today opened the first phase of Al Rayyan Road Upgrade project, which is expected to cut travel time by up to 30 percent. The inauguration came two months ahead of the scheduled date.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, President of Ashghal Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi, and a number of senior officials from these entities, as well as from the General Directorate of Traffic, MOI.
Ministers and attendees were briefed through a presentation on the project’s implementation phases, in addition to having a visit to the project site, particularly to the underpasses of Al Qalaa and Al Shafi interchanges which were opened to traffic.
HE Minister Al Sulaiti expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by Ashghal to deliver the project ahead of the scheduled date, noting that the new road is modern and will bring a smooth traffic flow until completion of the remaining part, and works are continuing at a faster pace to finish the rest of the project phases.
HE the Minister said the road is completed with all standards, even with regards to infrastructure and it includes dedicated tunnels to avoid the need to disrupt the road in order to implement maintenance works as in the previous roads.
He also thanked all the ministries and government entities involved in the implementation of the project.
“Accelerating the implementation will contribute to enhancing the traffic movement and satisfying the ambition of residents as there are complaints about the amounts of traffic congestion, and with some projects causing disruption of some streets. Today’s opening is an evidence that projects are being delivered according to the scheduled dates, with some projects opening even before their deadlines,” said HE Minister Al Rumaihi.
“The part which opened today will help reduce traffic congestion in the surrounding areas like Al Rayyan, Muaither, Al Shafi, and Bani Hajar, especially in Al Rayyan Municipality which is one of the largest municipalities in Qatar in terms of population,” he added.
The first phase of Al Rayyan Road Upgrade project extends for approximately 2.9km from west of Khalid bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Roundabout (New Al Rayyan Roundabout) to east of Bani Hajer Roundabout. It includes the construction of four lanes in each direction separated by a median, around 2km of side roads, and around 5.8km of service roads.
The project also includes the construction of three interchanges, namely the interchange between Al Shafi Street and Al Rayyan Road, and interchange between Al Qalaa Street and Al Rayyan Road. Those interchanges include two underpasses that provide a continuous traffic movement along Al Rayyan Road.
It also includes traffic signals on the ground level to facilitate the flow of vehicles to and from Al Rayyan Road from the surrounding areas, especially the residential areas on Al Qalaa Street and the commercial areas on Al Shafi Street, which will reduce the congestion in internal roads and reduce dependence on them.
The interchange between Al Rayyan Road and Al Wajba Street, which is a signalised intersection, is also being developed as part of the project and will be completed soon. The project also includes the construction of pedestrian and cyclist paths.