Design: Sharq Crossing

The Sharq Crossing (formerly known as the Doha Bay Crossing) Masterplan was developed by Santiago Calatrava for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning (MMUP) in Qatar. With a unique, iconic design, this tunnel/bridge combination connects the airport with the West Bay Financial District and the Cultural City on the mainland.

We prepared the validated concept design for:

  • two immersed tunnels, respectively 3.1km and 2.8km long;
  • three cut-and-cover tunnels connecting the bridges to the mainland, each with a length of approximately 950-1,250m;
  • a marine interchange of approximately 600m, connecting the two immersed tunnels and one of the bridges.

The assignment also included the technical design of the bridge foundations, roads, utilities, and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems, as well as the integrated safety concepts, including ventilation and construction schedules. Witteveen+Bos (as part of Tunnel Engineering Consultants) was selected because of our unique technical expertise on immersed tunnels in soft soil.

This infrastructure has not yet been constructed, partly due to a focus on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Once constructed, this iconic piece of infrastructure will offer a breathtaking experience to motorists in Doha Bay. Our international experience working on complex challenges relating to infrastructure and mobility helps us continuously innovate and contribute to future-proof smart mobility systems.

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