Ashghal to spend $5.5bn on 14 roads in Qatar

11 Expressway projects already underway in the country

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Qatar’s public works authority, Ashghal, will undertake 14 new road projects worth $5.5 billion next year as part of its Expressway programme.

Four major roads were completed in the country this year, and 12 projects worth $5 billion have been taken up so far. 11 Expressway projects are under different phases of construction across the country.

Ashghal president and senior engineer, Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi, said there has been steady progress on the Asghal’s nationwide infrastructure programme, and the remarkable hike in the allocation of funds this financial year compared to the previous year has accelerated the works.

Ashghal’s awarded works were worth $3.5 billion in 2012-2013, but the figure has tripled to $10.5 billion this year, al-Mawlawi added.

Among the notable achievements on the authority’s local roads and drainage programme, the Ashghal president praised the completion of the conversion into signalled intersections of 10 critical roundabouts on the Corniche Road.

According to Qatar’s Ministry of Finance, al-Mawlawi has approved a budget of $4.3 billion for Ashghal’s buildings, drainage and roads projects this year.

Ashghal, he added, has spent nearly 84% of the allocated budget to support the delivery of world-class public infrastructure and buildings.

Work on the Sharq Crossing project, which will have a length of over 10 kilometres across Doha Sea, is expected to start next year and is expected to be completed by 2021. The project will link the Hamad International Airport (HIA) with Katara Cultural District through three bridges.

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