Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is inviting firms to submit bids by 21 September for two contracts to carry out road improvement works in and around Doha.

The scope of the first project involves carrying road improvement works in the Al-Wakrah Municipality, which is south of greater Doha and the construction of temporary and permanent roads in zones 90 to 95

The work also includes building the associated infrastructure such as earthworks, kerbing, traffic signs and road markings, waterworks and surface water drainage.

Earlier in August, Ashghal awarded the local Boom Construction Company a QR229m ($62.9m) contract to build roads at Block 1300, which is just south of Qatar University (MEED 2:8:10).

The work will involve constructing main and internal roads for a partly developed residential area located about three kilometres north of Doha.

The scope of the second project involves site clearance, earthworks, the construction of temporary and permanent roads and pavements, traffic signs and road markings and surface water drainage. The work will also include the provision of street lighting, electricity ducts and Qatar Telecom (QTEL) cables in various locations across Doha.

Both projects are in line with Qatar’s plans to invest $20bn on new roads and related drainage and infrastructure over the next five years. The investment in the country’s transport infrastructure is being carried out to address congestion in Doha. The plan is also working alongside the Qatar National Masterplan that projects the country’s population will grow to about 2.5 million in the coming years, from the current level of 1.3 million.