The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has fully opened the Mesaimeer Interchange as well as the final road linking Al Wakra to Doha. According to a statement on Sunday, drivers coming from Mesaieed Road can reach Nuaija, Fereej Al Ali, Rawdat Al Khail Street and D Ring Road while saving travel time by 70%.
“The opening marks the latest achievements of the key junction after being converted from a heavily congested roundabout into the first 3-level interchange with nine tunnels linking five main roads: Doha Expressway, E Ring Road, Rawdat Al Khail St., Industrial & Mesaieed Road, and facilitating access to the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor and G-Ring Road,” the statement said.
The interchange works are 6.1 km long and have a capacity of 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. Engineer Bader Darwish, head of road projects department, said the Mesaimeer Interchange, an icon of Ashghal architecture, is a vital link that ensures free movement to five main roads that serve residential areas in high density and industrial area and other vital facilities such as Al Thumama Stadium.
“The Doha South region has seen the development and construction of a network consisting of major roads such as G-Ring Road, Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, Industrial Area Road, E-Ring Road, D Ring Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street , which have contributed significantly not only to improve traffic, but also to improve business activity in the region,” he said.
Engineer Hassan al-Ghanim, head of the outer highways section of the road projects department, said that road users coming from Al Wakra and Al Wukair can directly access Nuaija and Fereej Al Ali up to in Doha Central via Rawdat Al Khail Street.
Ashghal transformed the old Mesaimeer roundabout into a three-tier interchange and developed parts of the roads connected to the interchange, he explained. “Ashghal has developed Rawdat Al Khail Street to the ring road in D and removed the Fereej Al Ali roundabout, widened the street in addition to providing a bridge connecting the industrial area to Rawdat Al Khail Street. Ashghal has also developed part of the Doha highway and removed traffic lights with Wholesale Market Street to ease traffic flow and most importantly to provide a new road guiding Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Sabah Al Ahmad corridors to Doha, in order to connect the south with the north, which has reduced travel time and traffic congestion,” he said.
Mesaimeer Interchange is the first in Qatar to connect five main roads – Doha Expressway, Mesaieed Road, Industrial Area Road, Rawdat Al Khail Street and E-Ring Road as it also facilitates access to Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, G-Ring Road , D-Ring Road.
The importance of the interchange is increased as it connects the South of the country, Doha Central and the North. In addition to connecting traffic between the industrial area and the heart of Doha through its connection to Rawdat Al Khail Street which interchanges with D-Ring Road, C-Ring Road, up to B-Ring Road, as well than the areas between Nuaija, Al Thumama, Bu Hamour, Al Maamoura, it also facilitates access to Al Wakra, Al Wukair and the industrial area.
The interchange is located in key areas which include many vital facilities, especially the Al Thumama Stadium, one of the World Cup stadiums. The interchange will include three pedestrian bridges to secure access for supporters to Al Thumama Stadium and surrounding residential areas.
The interchange will also serve many important educational, health and commercial facilities such as the medical commission, the meteorological service, in addition to many nearby schools, health centers and shopping centers.
The Mesaimeer Interchange integrates with the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor through its connection to the Al Thumama Stadium, thus providing a strategic link between Mesaieed Road and the Doha Expressway to facilitate traffic between the north and south of the country through Doha.
The vital interchange facilitates access to its neighboring residential areas such as Al Thumama, Mesaimeer, Bu Hamour, Nuaija, Al Wakra and Al Wukair, and reduces traffic congestion from these areas to Hamad International Airport, the southern regions and Doha, and from there to the northern regions of the country.