Batinah Expressway to open on May 7

Muscat - 

The Batinah Expressway, one of the most strategically important projects of last decade built at a total cost of over RO1.5bn, will finally be opened on May 7.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced on Tuesday that the entire stretch of the expressway will be opened for traffic from the said date.

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

The project involves the construction of more than 270km expressway which begins from the end of the Muscat Expressway leading up to Khatmat Malaha in Shinas along the Oman-UAE border.

As an extension of the Muscat Expressway, Batinah Expressway will serve as a vital alternative to the existing Batinah Highway. Besides facilitating traffic 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 significant boost following the closure of Port Sultan Qaboos to cargo traffic, and the relocation of all such services to Port of Sohar.

The surge in traffic volume resulting from this shift has already been absorbed partially by the expressway. With the entire stretch opening, traffic congestion on the Batinah Highway, particularly at junctions, will be alleviated significantly. Furthermore, an all-weather road that will not be impacted by floods, the expressway is expected to wean traffic away from the Batinah Highway which is prone to disruption during rough weather.

The project was spread across 11 packages, the first six being the main road packages while remaining five covered the construction of link roads integrating the expressway and the Batinah Highway.

A standard feature of six packages is the four-lane configuration of the carriageway, each 3.75m wide, in each direction. External shoulders are 3m wide, while the internal road shoulders are 2m wide.

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