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Batinah Expressway to open on May 7

Batinah Expressway to open on May 7

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced on Tuesday that the complete stretch of the expressway will be opened for visitors from the stated date.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, and senior ministry officials, reviewed the progress of perform on Tuesday, which is nearing completion.

The project entails the building of much more than 270km expressway which starts from the finish of the Muscat Expressway top up to Khatmat Malaha in Shinas along the Oman-UAE border.

As an extension of the Muscat Expressway, Batinah Expressway will serve as a important option to the current Batinah Highway. Besides facilitating visitors flows across the North and South Batinah governorates, the carriageway will serve as an international motorway connecting Oman with the UAE. The expressway project got a considerable increase following the closure of Port Sultan Qaboos to cargo visitors, and the relocation of all such solutions to Port of Sohar.

The surge in visitors volume resulting from this shift has currently been absorbed partially by the expressway. With the complete stretch opening, visitors congestion on the Batinah Highway, specifically at junctions, will be alleviated considerably. Furthermore, an all-climate road that will not be impacted by floods, the expressway is anticipated to wean visitors away from the Batinah Highway which is prone to disruption in the course of rough climate.

The project was spread across 11 packages, the very first six getting the primary road packages whilst remaining 5 covered the building of hyperlink roads integrating the expressway and the Batinah Highway.

A normal function of six packages is the 4-lane configuration of the carriageway, each and every three.75m wide, in each and every path. External shoulders are 3m wide, whilst the internal road shoulders are 2m wide.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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