Construction giant Leighton’s troubled Middle Eastern joint venture has bagged a $US1.7 billion contract to build a section of highway in Qatar which is set to form part of a major overhaul of that country’s road and transport network.

Earlier this week, the company announced its Middle Eastern Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) joint venture with Al Jaber Engineering had been awarded the QR6.15 billion contract by Qatar’s public works authority Ashghal for the design and construction of the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route, Contract 3 near Doha. Set…