Construction of Qatar’s first cable-stayed bridge starts

Construction of Qatar’s first cable-stayed bridge starts

By QLNews

Earlier this year, Qatar officially launched the massive Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor project that will serve as a vital artery of Qatar’s road infrastructure, enhancing north-south connectivity and providing access to more than 25 residential areas.

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced yesterday that the initial stage of construction of the first cable-stayed bridge in Qatar under the megaproject has commenced.

This phase will see the conversion of Haloul Roundabout into a two-level interchange, reported The Peninsula.

While allowing free flow of traffic between Hamad International Airport and the areas of Bu Hamous, Mesaimeer and Al Waab, the 1,200-metre-long bridge will extend up to Haloul Roundabout through Faleh Bin Nasser intersection on Salwa Road.

The new bridge will have four lanes in each direction to accommodate more than 16,000 vehicles per hour.

Engineer Abdullah Al Naiemi stated that the construction of the bridge will conclude in the first quarter of 2021 while the Haloul Intersection will be ready in 2020, reported Gulf Times.

“The bridge that is to pass over Haloul intersection as well as Faleh Bin Nasser intersection on Salwa Road will ease the congestion in the vital area significantly,” he noted.

According to the project plan, Haloul Roundabout will receive a major facelift with a two-level interchange that will comprise ‘at-grade’ signalized intersection along with the free flow cable-stayed bridge.

Once completed, the signalized intersection will have 6 lanes in each direction, including two right turns to the left and one for U-turn. 

The intersection will help the traffic in all directions to connect Sabah Al-Ahmad Corridor to Haloul Street and Salwa Road. It will serve Bu Hamour and Al Mamoura and a number of key facilities around the Wholesale Market.

The Ashghal Engineer said the bridge over Faleh Bin Nasser intersection on Salwa Road will be without pylons for a distance of 150 meters, but there will be cables to bear the bridge, reported Qatar Tribune.

Partial Road Closures

To facilitate the works, Ashghal has announced a partial closure of Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection on Salwa Road, while maintaining traffic movement through Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor with right turns open, starting tonight for 48 hours to enable construction works of the cable-stayed bridge on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor. 

Motorists going to and fro Doha can take right turn at Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection then make a U-turn at around 250 meters, then turn right to get back on Salwa Road.

Road users coming from Mesaimeer Road towards Bu Samra and from Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor towards Doha will be required to continue straight through Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection for 250 meters, then turn right to get back on Salwa Road.

Ashghal also announced a partial closure of Faleh Bin Nasser Interchange at-grade for traffic on Salwa Road, starting Sunday morning for 8 months to enable construction works of the bridge on Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor.

Map for reference (48-hour partial closure)

During this partial closure motorists will have to use alternative routes as seen in the below map.

Road users on Salwa Road heading and coming from Doha can take right turn at Faleh bin Nasser Interchange then do U-turn at around 250 meters then turn right to get back on Salwa Road. 

Asghal will install road signs advising motorists of the traffic change. Road users are requested to abide by the speed limit and follow the road signs to ensure their safety as well as that of others.
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