TMS are carrying out a Safety Audit on a major road scheme in the rapidly expanding city of Doha. TMS are working for AECOM on the The Al-Muntazah Street Extension scheme, which will cater for the high traffic volumes associated with the Barwa Commercial and Barwa City Developments in the south-west of Doha.
The scheme consists of 10km of mainline carriageway (the majority being eight lanes wide) and four grade separated junctions. Two of these will be three level interchanges, including a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI), which is a common sight in the USA, but less so in Qatar. The SPUI layout can be more efficient in terms of traffic volumes and its operation will be monitored by local engineers. The other junctions will be two-level interchanges. Other aspects of the scheme include a tunnel to serve Barwa City, underpasses, overbridges, interchange links and large traffic signal junctions.
A notable addition to the scheme is a pedestrian/bicycle path running parallel to the majority of the mainline, which shows that it is not only cars that the Authorities are considering in their plans.
Last year, TMS worked with AECOM on another prestigious road scheme - The Lusail Expressway, at a time when the road safety audit process was being evaluated by the Qatari Government. Road Safety Audits are now compulsory on many road schemes in the country, which illustrates the Government's commitment to road safety.
This project demonstrates TMS's skill and expertise in carrying out road safety audits on major complex highway schemes on a worldwide scale.