Doha 29th April 2013: Plans are in progress to develop a parallel road to February 22 Street that connects the Midmac underpass on the D-Ring road with Shamal road to meet the heavy traffic requirements on this main highway.
The road starting from Woqod roundabout in Abu Hamour and leading to Al Rayyan through Al Waab will be expanded with flyovers and underpasses, said a senior official of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
This highway will connect the Woqod roundabout with Mukafahat roundabout in Al Rayyan through Al Waab intersection finally linking it with Gharafa roundabout.
Responding to complaints about the heavy traffic congestion on the February 22 road, Naser Al Mowlawi, Public work Authority Chairman said the planned highway is part of a set of methods being adopted by Ashghal to solve this issue. The design has been completed for some major section of the project.
“The February 22 street was designed in 2000 and opened after 10 years due to delays caused by the contracting company. The number of cars in Qatar in 2000 was about 170,000 but now in 2013 there are more than 900,000 cars in the country. So it is natural to have problems,” said Al Mowlawi.
He added the authority is currently operating to build entry and exit points at Duhail bridge and this would be finished within two months.
“We have expanded the Midmac and Passport roundabouts to the maximum possible levels. There are other solutions planned including new exit and entry points at Umm Lakhba Intersection,” said Al Mowlawi.
He also said that the authority is now working on 10 important projects including the second phase of Salwa Road, F-Ring Road, East Industrial Area road, main Dukhan Road, Al Huwaila road and Lusail Highway.
“We are learning from our mistakes. All the new projects have been designed with the requirements for the next 50 years in view,” he added.
Tenders for the first phase of the Industrial Area development project, that has been postponed, will be invited by the middle of 2013. The project has been split into six sections roads, sewages, services, beautification and an integrated security system. The project also includes 220km roads and 160 intersections.
Al Mowlawi said the authority will introduce an electronic system in the near future to receive complaints and advises from the people about its projects.
“We are facing problems in coordinating with other concerned bodies. Sometimes it becomes difficult to move other service providers from the worksite. And there are also mistakes in the designs. It is important is to discover the mistakes in the early stages,” said Al Mowlawi.