Doha Expressway, Qatar

Not long ago, Doha was a disparate network of road infrastructure with disconnected links throughout its commercial and residential destinations. Fast forward to the future and Doha’s infrastructure will support its residents and visitors to connect to work, essential services, businesses, leisure and tourism activities.

The Doha Expressway Programme is a comprehensive primary road network upgrade that aims to provide a modern and integrated road network through the urban and rural parts of Qatar’s growing economy. This programme is a vital element in connecting Doha’s commercial and residential destinations and facilities with transport networks. The city’s rail and bus networks will become more easily accessible as well.

Roads are often taken for granted, but they are some of the most integral pieces of infrastructure that enable society to function and prosper Qatar’s entire network of expressways, highways and local roads is being reviewed as part of this programme. New projects will form an integrated transport network to accommodate Qatar's future traffic demands and meet the needs of the city to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Aurecon has made a significant contribution to the programme, providing engineering and concept design, technical advisory and design review management support for nearly 10 years, to the Programme Management Consultant (PMC) appointed by the Public Works Authority, Ashghal.

The Doha Expressway Programme

  • More than 40 separate projects to be completed as part of the programme, adding approximately 800 km of new roads to Qatar’s transport network. Some of these projects will be completed after 2022
  • Construction is complete on 95 new grade-separated interchanges that include 200 bridges, 90 underpasses and 50 tunnels
  • Reliable underground utility corridors along both sides of new road corridors will be added
  • Enhanced pedestrian and cycle facilities will be developed with 450 km of new paths across the city and extending into the urban fringe areas
  • Road infrastructure will be equipped with new road signs and Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Beautification schemes of landscape connections and the planting of new vegetation will be undertaken across the city

As the number of completed projects has progressed, their positive impact has already been appearing, notably in less traffic congestion and reduced journey times, making mobility easier for residents and visitors.

Ensuring Safety In Design and quality of designs

Aurecon’s services include value engineering, design reviews, strategic traffic modelling, utilities management and the production of interim design standards and details. With primary accountability for value engineering across the programme, Aurecon is working with the design consultants to develop innovative solutions for the tunnels, steel bridges, utilities corridors and expressway interchange configurations.

Arising from Aurecon’s involvement, the Public Works Authority’s Safety in Design processes have already improved, together with the quality of designs, by undertaking a large number of road safety audits, design review management sessions with stakeholders, value engineering and design review workshops.

Using digital engineering across the projects

The use of digital engineering to create 3D models of engineering designs is at the core of the programme and is a vital part of the engineering contract and stakeholder communication process:

  • 3D models for civil design, checks on engineering estimates, workflow communication and clash detection analysis
  • Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for road network mappin
  • Digital design data for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Supreme Committee to plan the sporting event
  • 3D models used in stakeholder communication to present the landscaping works along the road networks

Due to the importance of roads and the irreplaceable value that they bring to society and the economy, the Doha Expressway Programme will be one of the world's largest road infrastructure network programmes. As the road infrastructure develops to accommodate driver and passenger movements, the pressure on Doha’s roads will reduce and congestion will continue to clear. 

Images courtesy to Public Works Authority, Ashghal. Credit to KBR as the PMC.

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