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.
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.
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.
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:
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.