Ashghal Partially Opens Deepest and Longest Bi-directional Tunnel in Qatar

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has opened the longest and deepest bi-directional tunnel in Qatar as part of the Al Rayyan Road Upgrade Project Phase 2.

The new tunnel connects Bu Erayen Street and Lebday Street, passes under the intersection known as Al Mokafaha and Lebday intersections. It’s 1.5km and It consists four lanes that accommodate 8,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.

The new tunnel depth is about 25 meters below ground level, so the intersection known as the Al Mokafaha, which is located on the new Al Rayyan Street, consists of three levels: an intersection with a traffic lights beneath which is an underpass and a tunnel under it. The new tunnel passes under the intersection of Lebday (intersection on the ground with traffic lights and to be opened soon).

On this occasion, Eng. Jumah Al Bader, the Project Manager, affirmed that Ashghal has partially opened the new tunnel, the longest and deepest tunnel in Qatar, which will reduce travel time between Bu Erayen and Lebday Street and Al Luqta and Al Waab by up to 65 % particularly due to the increased lane capacity and removal of the existing diversions and will reduce traffic congestion on 22 February street.

He explained that the tunnel is fitted with all the safety and security facilities and that a dedicated building was constructed to serve as the central control room for monitoring and controlling all operating system. This built-in system will allow the safe operation of the tunnel.

Source: Government of Qatar