• The skeleton of the Lusail Expressway rises in Qatar. This image shows the expressway underpass at the Al Wahda interchange, above which a flyover is being constructed.

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Qatar Delivers a World-Class Transportation Corridor

Amidst Qatar’s swaying palm trees and impressive skyline is the developing Lusail Expressway, a best-in-class transportation corridor that will transform the way in which people and goods travel across the country. Located in Qatar’s capital city of Doha, this new Expressway will run north from the West Bay’s business district to the Pearl (an innovative island development of top-quality real estate), along the Gulf to the fast-growing, modernistic city of Lusail: a sustainable planned city contributing to Qatar’s vision of cultivating a prosperous social and economic society.

Upon completion, the Lusail Expressway will provide a vital connection...enabling broader transit, commerce possibilities and enhanced public safety. 

The Expressway represents a crucial component of the Public Works Authority Asghal’s contribution to creating an ultramodern society. Upon completion, the Lusail Expressway will provide a vital connection between the country’s showpiece development zone and Qatar’s existing population centers and infrastructure, enabling broader transit, commerce possibilities and enhanced public safety.

The Lusail Expressway is among the largest public works programs in the Middle East and one of the most impressive in terms of scope, complexity and creativity. This program is made all the more challenging by the need to sustain existing transport and traffic along the corridor as the new, modernized sections are put into place. The upgraded corridor will include 5.3 kilometers (3.3 miles) of four-lane highway in each direction, with multiple side lanes at each of the three major interchanges.

Lusail By the NumbersThe expressway will cross two canals, with existing bridges demolished and replaced by new, multi-lane bridges. To keep the canals navigable throughout construction and minimize environmental impact to local flora and fauna, coffer dams are being built to divert the water while a foundation and piers are installed for each of the new bridges. An underground network of micro-tunnels is incorporated into the overall design, in consideration of environmental issues and resiliency. Some of these micro-tunnels will enhance storm-water capture and conveyance to the Gulf, whilst a separate network of service micro-tunnels are being handed over to the local electricity authority for the installation of high- and medium-voltage transmission cables. Overall, the tunnels and respective cables will support existing transit needs while accommodating for future city growth, providing a lasting solution.

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As Supervision Consultant for the Lusail Expressway project, CDM Smith has the crucial and often sensitive responsibility to monitor, measure and adjust the performance of the Main Contractor and numerous Sub-Contractors providing specialty services. Procurement has been one of the more challenging aspects of this work, involving immense, custom-crafted road and bridge components sourced from across the globe. Five-hundred-foot-high arches, immense hydraulic jacks, and state-of-the-art intelligent transport modules are some of the many extraordinary elements that are almost common place on this unique project.

With the need for diverse technical skills including construction, engineering, safety management, inspection, resident engineering, quality management and more, CDM Smith staff members have gathered from around the globe to support the project. Program manager Shaikho Talal reports, “The CDM Smith team is bringing together experts of different talents and cultures, from over a dozen countries.”

The Lusail Expressway program is a critical component of Qatar’s continued stunning evolution, designed to move people and services with speed and ease by transforming transportation into and around the Doha area to benefit this growing region for years to come.