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Dukhan Highway project 95% complete

The Peninsula   09 December 2016   Qatar   Middle East  

The Dukhan Highway Central project will partly open to traffic from tomorrow, providing one-way exit to the Mall of Qatar, which is expected to open soon. The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday announced completion of 95 percent of the project.

The central project includes a 1.5km tunnel, a 2.2km extension of Al Rufaa Street and other flyovers and local link roads. The tunnel, flyovers and local link roads will open to traffic tomorrow .

The QR1.28bn tunnel will provide an underground route that extends from the Mall of Qatar to the Dukhan Highway, facilitating a free-flowing one way route underneath the Al Jahhaniya Interchange. This will enable motorists to seamlessly reconnect with traffic heading towards Doha.

The project, which forms part of Ashghal’s Expressway Programme, is expected to be complete in first quarter of 2017 and will establish a 15km strategic link from the west of Doha to Al Sheehaniya and other key future public venues and residential areas, Ashghal officials announced during a media tour to the site, yesterday. The tunnel is comprised of 34 structural units, with sophisticated mechanical and electrical equipment, including a central control room which will monitor the operation of the roadway on a 24 hour basis, ensuring the safety and protection of road users.

Ashghal has also constructed parallel internal corridors to provide an emergency passage for pedestrians, and powerful ventilation systems to maintain sufficient air volume in the tunnel at all times.

Ashghal began excavating land for the tunnel in 2014, moving over 450,000 cubic metres of material to enable the construction of the tunnel itself. Approximately 125,000 cubic metres of concrete and close to 10,000 tonnes of asphalt were used to build the efficient new transport route.

The completion of the tunnel is one of several milestones achieved on the Dukhan Highway Central project in the past month, with the project team completing a 2.2km extension of Al Rufaa Street and multiple link roads and flyovers connecting to and from the Dukhan Highway.

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