The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has completed 50% of the works of Qatar's first cable-stayed bridge on the prestigious Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor.
A Twitter video by Ashghal said that the bridge will be opened in 2021. The installation of 120 cables has started to support the 150m stretch.
Ashghal started the construction of the unique bridge in April 2019. The 1,200m-long bridge extends prior to Haloul Roundabout through Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection on Salwa Road to provide free traffic flow between Hamad International Airport (HIA) and the areas of Bu Hamour, Mesaimeer and Al Waab.
The underside of the cable-stayed bridge- a computer generated image
With four lanes in each direction, the bridge will accommodate more than 16,000 vehicles an hour. The bridge that is to pass over Haloul intersection as well as Faleh Bin Nasser intersection on Salwa Road will ease the congestion in the vital area significantly. The bridge is constructed without pylons for a distance of 150m, but cables instead for support. The construction needs 854 precast reinforced concrete pieces, each weighing 200 tonnes, and 20 pylons and 16 piers to reach the highest point of 30m.
Works of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor commenced on February 24, 2019 in appreciation of Kuwait Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah in order to make the brotherly relationship between the two countries stronger. It’s the first project in Qatar to be termed corridor instead of road due to its great importance and specifications of unique construction.
It extends for approximately 25km from HIA to Umm Lekhba Interchange on Doha Expressway. Works as part of the corridor include upgrading E Ring, F Ring, Mesaimeer, Al Bustan, Bu Erayyen and Lebday roads and sections of Al Markhiya Street. In addition, Ashghal will enhance 12km of local and peripheral roads intersecting with the Corridor. The total road works of the project is about 37km.
Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor has the longest bridge, deepest and longest bi-directional tunnel. With a length of 1200m, the cable-stayed bridge on the corridor extends from Mesaimeer Road to Al Bustan Street and crosses over Halul Intersection on Mesaimeer Road and Faleh Bin Nasser Intersection on Salwa Road.