The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announces the opening of a new 600 m underpass on Mesaimeer Interchange to traffic towards Rawdat Al Khail Street and D-Ring Road from Doha Expressway on Sunday 17 May 2020, in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic.
The new underpass is the eighth underpass to be opened, as part of a series of openings, among nine underpasses on Mesaimeer Interchange, bringing the completion percentage of the vital interchange to about 87%. The new underpass consists of one lane and can accommodate about 2000 vehicles per hour, coming from Doha Expressway, which undergoes great traffic throughout the day.
On this occasion, Eng. Hassan Al Ghanim stated that the new underpass provides free traffic flow in front of vehicles coming from Doha Expressway and 22 February Streettowards Rawdat Al Khail Street to serve residents of Nuaija, and those heading to E-Ring Road, Al Mansoura, Rawdat Al Khail and Doha Central. Accordingly, it will reduce traffic congestion on other surrounding roads and provide new alternatives.
Features of the Interchange
The new three-level interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar as it contains nine underpasses providing free flow traffic. The interchange also consists of two major bridges. One of them connects Rawdat Al Khail Street and Industrial area road in both directions, and the other one connecting E-Ring Road with the southern part of Doha Expressway in one direction, ensuring a smooth flow of traffic in all directions. The 6.1 km long, interchange consists of three to four lanes in each direction to accommodate about 30,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The new interchange, once completed in 2020 will significantly improve traffic flow, reducing travel time by more than 70% of travel time.
The Mesaimeer Interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar connecting six main roads, namely Mesaimeer Interchange, Doha Expressway, southern part of Doha Expressway, Sabah Al Ahmed Corridor, Industrial Area Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street. The interchange also provides a vital traffic link between the south, central and north of the country. It links traffic from the south through the southern part of Doha Expressway, main carriageway of Doha Expressway and Al Shamal Road.
It also connects traffic between Industrial area road and the heart of Doha through a connection to Rawdat Al Khail Street, which intersects with D-Ring and C-Ring Road, also between the busy areas of Nuaija, Al Thumama, Bu Hamour, Al Maamoura, Mesaimeer providing an easy access to Al Wakra, Al Wukair and the Industrial area.
It is located in a vital area that has many facilities including Al Thumama Stadium, one of the World Cup stadiums, where the interchange has three pedestrian bridges to ease people’s access to Al Thumama Stadium.
The interchange also serves many important educational, health and commercial facilities such as the Medical Commission, Meteorological Department, many schools, health centers and nearby shopping malls.
Integration with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor
The Mesaimeer Interchange integrates with Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor linking Al-Watiyyat Interchange, which is a strategic link between the southern part of Doha Expressway and its main highway. This link provides a free flow traffic between the north and south of the country through Doha. The project is one of the vital interchanges in the country, with two levels comprising three bridges and four underpasses for easy access of vehicles to nearby residential area of Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Bu Hamour, Nuaija, Al Wakra and Al Wukair. The interchange provides a free flow traffic for commuters from these areas to Hamad International Airport, to southern areas, Doha and northern areas of the country.