Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has awarded a $600m contract to India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the design and construction of the Al-Wakrah bypass road in Doha.

The scope of work for the contract entails construction of a 110kilometre road consisting of 10 lanes and four future lane sections, with additional collectors/ distributor roads, frontage roads and ramps.

The freeway will provide access to the existing and planned developments via five major interchanges comprising 20 bridges, 13 bicycle overpasses, eight underpasses, three pedestrian bridges and more than 700 metres of tunneling.

“We are delighted to have bagged this prestigious order,” said SN Subrahmanyan, senior vice-president, infrastructure and construction, at L&T. “This is the company’s single largest road order in the international market and is an important turning point in our plans of growing the company’s business in the Middle East.”

The project is expected to take 32 months to complete and will also include utility works for potable water, drainage, power, intelligent transportation systems, irrigation and landscaping.

The Al-Wakrah Bypass is a major South-North freeway connecting the existing Al-Wakrah-Mesaieed Road. At its southern end, the bypass will intersect with the Al-Wakrah-Mesaieed Road and, branching into two directions, to the planned Doha Sea Port to the south, and the Mesaieed industrial area to the west.

In January, Ashghal awarded seven contracts worth a total of QR10.1bn ($2.7bn) for a series of road schemes, three of which were awarded under the authority’s Expressway Programme. The largest was a QR3.4bn deal awarded to the joint venture of Turkish firms Dogus Holdings and Onur Construction to upgrade the section of Al-Rayyan Road that stretches from west of the Olympic Roundabout to the west of the New Al-Rayyan Roundabout.

In June 2013, Ashghal awarded 10 design and construction contracts worth QR7.2bn under the Expressway Programme. Ashghal said that under the seven-year programme, it plans to launch 30 major road projects delivering more than 900km of new roads.