Ashghal begins works of new interchange near Ras Bufontas Free Zone

Doha: The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced the beginning of construction works of a new interchange at the southern entrance of G Ring Road near Ras Bufontas Free Zone, southwest of Hamad International Airport (HIA) and just before the Airport Interchange. 

When completed in 2022, this interchange will connect eastern and western free zones with HIA, G Ring Road and surrounding road network including Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, Ras Abu Abboud Street and Al Wakra Main Road.

The new two level interchange consists of works along 4kms including three bridges, each of them with three to four lane dual carriageways and four exits. The capacity of the interchange is about 10,000 vehicles per hour.

It also includes construction of three underpasses to facilitate networks of surface water drainage, treated water line for irrigation and telecommunication lines, as well as 2km long service roads on both sides of the interchange.

Strategic Interchange 

The new interchange is strategically important due to its location in the logistical area, as it will facilitate movement of goods and commodities from HIA and Free Zone to all regions within and outside Doha, as the interchange is located on G Ring Road leading to southern regions, Industrial Area and Al Majd Road. It also intersects with Ras Abu Abboud Street leading to Corniche and Doha Downtown. The new interchange also facilitates access to Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor that connects Hamad International Airport towards Umm Lekhba Interchange on Shamal Road, enhancing traffic towards Airport Street and Al Wakra Main Road.
Traffic Diversion 

In order to facilitate implementation of construction works of the new interchange, Ashghal will implement a partial closure at the southern entrance of G Ring Road near Free Zone in Ras Bufontas, southwest of HIA just before Airport Interchange. Thus, the emergency lanes in both directions will be closed, as well as one of the lanes from Al Wakra in the direction of Doha for a distance of 450 meters, from the evening of Thursday, July 30, 2020 and will last for a period of one month. 

New Expressways

Ashghal recently announced that it had started implementing the upgrading works of the D-Ring Road. The project aims at improving traffic on the three main intersections of the D-Ring Road to provide free flow traffic by increasing the number of lanes on Fereej Al Ali intersection (known as Al Tadamon Intersection), Nuaija Intersection and providing free flow traffic on the intersection know as Lulu intersection. The improvements on intersections will enhance the traffic capacity and reduce traffic congestion in the area, especially on Fereej Al Ali intersection (known as Al Tadamon Intersection), which currently witnesses high traffic volume.

The project upgrading works will include the construction of rainwater drainage tunnel, with a total length of about 3.5 km to improve the efficiency of drainage networks in the area. The project works will also include the construction of shared pedestrian and cycling lanes along the 4.5 km D-Ring Road on both sides.

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