The work covers the second phase of a new motorway, the New Orbital Highway, on the outskirts of Doha. It will be carried out by a joint venture comprising lead company QDVC - which is 51% owned by Qatari Diar and 49% by Vinci Construction Grands Projets - and Qatari Bin Omran Trading & Contracting.
The €850m contract covers the design and construction of 47km of motorways, six viaducts, 17 bridges and underpasses and a 320m cut-and-cover tunnel. The motorway section will have a five-lane dual carriageway for light vehicles and two truck lanes in each direction. Work will start next month and take 36 months to complete.
The new highway, which will be nearly 200km long, will connect the new port of the Qatari capital with Ras Laffan, the gas-producing industrial city in the north of the country. The highway will bypass Doha and relieve current traffic congestion as well as having capacity to to accommodate projected traffic increases.