Ahead of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is undertaking a significant civil infrastructure project, linking Hamad International Airport to Umm Lekhba Interchange in central Doha. This project includes the construction of a new 8.7km expressway, bridges measuring 63m and 1,200m, plus upgrades to nine sections of existing roads.
As part of this project, ALE is working to transport 854 heavy items from a precast yard a distance of 2km to the build site. These items include sections of precast concrete measuring up to 19m x 3.9m x 3m, with variable centres of gravity and weighing between 128t and 202t, lifters up to 100t in weight plus associated beams and lashing.
Transportation of items from the precast yard to the steel storage frames on site is taking place overnight, while during the day ALE’s team is on hand to transport these segments directly to the crane. Work is taking place on up to three fronts at any one time, requiring precise delivery planning during each shift.
One 16 axle lines of SPMT are being used for this project, alongside three 12-axle conventional trailers. ALE has sought and obtained a number of permits critical to the project, covering the transport of road segments during the day and a proposed road diversion that will be required for part of the project to take place.
By August 2021, this work will have helped to upgrade an existing highway from two to a maximum of four lanes in either direction, to connect two arterial roads in Doha with over a kilometre of balanced cantilever bridge, and to provide easy access to the new expressway. The longer of the two bridges has been designed as a cable-stayed bridge and will be the first of its type in Qatar.
The new routes will reduce travel times on many key journeys by up to 60%, as the country prepares to welcome an estimated 1.5 million visitors for the 2022 World Cup.