The Public Works Authority "Ashghal" has announced the completion of eight pedestrian bridges in Najma, Al Khaleej, Al Istiqlal, Al Furousiya, Onaiza, Doha Express Highway, Al Wukair Road, and C-Ring Road.
According to a press release from Ashghal on Tuesday, these bridges are located in lively areas in the country, serving Suheim bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar Sports Club, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Al Sadd Sports Club, and Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium in Al Ahli Sports Club, which will be used as training stadiums during the FIFA World Cup 2022.
As for the Al Furousiya pedestrian bridge, it will serve the fans visiting Khalifa International Stadium as the bridge was designed to include pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely, the release added.
The bridges also serve the streets of Al Istiqlal, Onaiza, Al Furousiya, Doha Expressway, C-Ring Road, Al Khaleej, Najma, and Al Wukair to serve the areas of Lejbailat, Onaiza, Muaither, Al Mirqab, Al Sadd, Fereej Bin Mahmood, Nuaija, and Al Wakra.
Eng. Faisal Al Qahtani, from the Buildings Project Department at Ashghal, said the areas were chosen because they were hotspots for pedestrian accidents with high risks of being hit by cars.
He noted that the Ashghal projects were done in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Interior.
"Bridge construction projects aim to enhance the safety of pedestrians within the country’s plan to enhance traffic safety in different areas and to provide pedestrians with easy access to housing and commercial facilities nearby. We have also taken into consideration the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and those with special needs in terms of providing private paths and lifts, "Al Qahtani said.
According to Ashghal's Bridges Projects Manager, Eng. Ahmad Al-Mahmeed, support was provided for local products during the project as the percentage of local products (such as iron, steel, glass, and other materials) used in the project reached 50 percent.
"The bridges were designed with the highest standards of quality and safety and in accordance with national and international standards, as well as aesthetic touches that were added during construction, as some of the bridges’ designs were inspired by Qatari heritage and the FIFA 2022 World Cup that Qatar is hosting very soon," he said.
Al-Mahmeed added that "Ashghal" is following all safety precautions and providing safety procedures to workers in the projects as they were able to complete 2,530,205 man-hours without injuries.
It is worth mentioning that more work is underway to construct additional pedestrian bridges in other areas such as the Industrial Area, Al Markhiya, Al Sadd, Al Shamal Road (Duhail), Al Muntazah Street, and others, in order to provide safety for residents and citizens.
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