The Qatar Rail has announced the completion of all viaducts across the elevated sections of Doha Metro Project.
At a meeting on Sunday, Minister of Transport and Communications and Vice Chairman of the Rail Steering Committee HE Jassim Saif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Qatar Rail Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie, CEO of Qatar Rail Saad Ahmed al-Muhannadi along with Project Directors and employees gathered to mark the occasion at the ending point of the northern section of the Red Line Elevated and at Grade, where the milestone was achieved.
HE al-Sulaiti said: “Transportation projects have made significant strides and achievements under the wise leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and follow-up and supervision of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.”
The minister added: “Two days ago, and six months ahead of schedule, we celebrated the inauguration of Hamad Port. Shortly before this, Qatar Rail was able to complete 111km of tunneling works on the Doha Metro project which was three months ahead of time. Today we proudly gather to celebrate another important milestone with the completion of viaducts on the Doha Metro Project three months ahead of time as well. I would also like to emphasize that the Ministry’s development plans for transportation projects in general are progressing significantly.”
The construction of viaducts included the northern and southern sections of the Red Line and a section of the Green Line. The installation of the final segment of the viaducts was celebrated near the Doha Golf Club.
The work on Doha Metro’s viaducts first started in August 2015. Since then a total of 8.7 km of viaducts have been completed, made up of 2,293 segments. Lifting the segments were a total of five launching girders. Massive pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, the launching girders generally span around 80m in length with a total weight of approximately 381 tons of steel. All this was achieved with minimum disruption to traffic.
Speaking on the occasion Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie said: “I am delighted to be present to witness this significant milestone as the final segment was lifted in to place, completing all viaducts across the Doha Metro Project. Completion of the elevated viaduct sections is yet another important accomplishment following the tunneling completion of the Doha Metro project.”
The overall completion of Doha Metro currently stands at 51%.
Completion of the viaduct sections follows shortly on from the completion of all tunneling across the Metro Project.
The first phase of the Doha Metro is expected to be complete in 2020 when the project’s 37 metro stations are expected to be operative with an average journey time of two minutes between intermediary stations