Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded an INR 3655 crore (US$ 600 million) contract to design and construct a new north-south road in Qatar.

The contract is for the 11 km Al Wakrah Bypass Road – a continuation of an existing urban north-south high-speed corridor of the Doha Expressway.

The new road will consist 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 of 20 bridges, 13 bicycle overpasses, eight underpasses, three pedestrian bridges and 736 m of 32 m-wide tunnels.

Awarded by the Qatar Public Works Authority, the contract also includes the installation of road-related furniture and utilities such as irrigation and drainage, an electrical transportation system and landscaping. It is scheduled to take 32 months to complete.

At its southern end, the proposed Bypass will intersect with the existing Al Wakrah - Mesaieed Road. It branches into two directions to the planned Doha Sea Port to the south and the Mesaieed Industrial area to the West.

L&T senior executive vice president for infrastructure and construction, Mr S N Subrahmanyan, said the contract was the company’s single largest road order in the international market.

“It is an important turning point in our plans of growing the company’s business in the Middle East region,” he added.

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