Doha Expressway

One of the critical stretch of Doha Expressway was open on 17 May 2010. Sigh… finally after months of delay (from dispute with previous contractor, among the causes). The stretch will see direct link between Airport to Al Shamal Road through multi-level Al Rayyan Interchange, dan the famous and busy Al Waab St.

With this opening I can now travel from my house next to Al Shamal Bridge/Interchange near Lulu Hypermarket to Airport in faster time. I tried in quiet Saturday morning 2 days after the opening and I saw a mere 10 minutes from Landmark Mall to Airport intersection. Just this Thursday evening 27 May 2010 I travelled the same stretch and saw almost double the time due to traffic congestion at The Mall Roundabout. Seems that it’s getting popularity. Nevertheless I couldn’t be happier with this opening.

Doha Expressway Project is a multi-Billion-Riyal project that links the north and south of the country through capital Doha. The Doha Expressway project is One of the major road projects of public work authority (Ashghal) , within its Five Year Plan to establish a modern road network to cope with the urban boom in the state. Work on the Doha Expressway has begun since December 2007. The project, being carried out by the Public Works Authority (Asghal)  is estimated to cost more than QR15bn and comprises 13 phases.