Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has invited prequalified contractors to express interest in two major road projects in Doha.

Contractors that were prequalified for Qatar’s major road programme in 2011, have been invited to express interest in projects to build the second package of the East/West corridor and the upgrade a section of the Al-Rayyan road. The client is intending to issue tender documents for the schemes in early July.

The East/West Corridor expressway will link Doha’s industrial area to the New Doha International Airport (NDIA), which is due to open by the end of 2012. The second package will cover the construction of a 10.75km-long section of the expressway, which will start just west of the Barwa City and will extend to the NDIA.

The East/West road will contain five lanes in each direction and will contain three major interchanges.  One interchange will be for a new access route to the Barwa City development, one will be for the Wakrah bypass and the third for the Al-Matar street.

The Al-Rayyan road package will involve upgrading the section of road from the west of the new Rayyan roundabout to the East of Bani Hajer roundabout. The work will involve upgrading about 2.9km of the main road, 3km of side roads and approximately 6km of associated service roads. The road package will also contain three interchanges.

The two projects are part of Doha’s Expressway programme, which involves building more than 30 major road projects in the next five years. Ashghal is planning to spend QR100bn ($27.5bn) in this period to upgrade the country’s roads and drainage infrastructure.

Ashghal recently awarded a QR3.5bn contract to South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction for the Lusail Expressway project in Doha and a QR2.33bn deal to the UAE’s Al-Jaber Group for package 13 of the Doha Expressway scheme, which involves the construction of 10km of four-lane highway and three interchanges.

The US’ KBR was appointed by Ashghal as the programme manager to oversee its major highway projects in February last year.