Shar­qiyah Ex­press­way to open for traf­fic on Jan 20

High­way in­cludes long­est tun­nel built in the sul­tanate

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Min­istry of Trans­port has an­nounced that it will open Shar­qiyah Ex­press­way for traf­fic move­ment on Jan­uary 20.

The 191km road, start­ing from Bid­bid in Dakhliyah gov­er­norate, pass­ing through the Al Uq area and end­ing in Al Kamil W’Al Wafi in South Shar­qiyah gov­er­norate, also has a 1,400m tun­nel, the long­est in the sul­tanate.

Speak­ing to Muscat Daily, an of­fi­cial in the Min­istry of Trans­port, said, “Two tun­nels, which are part of the Shar­qiyah Ex­press­way, will also open.

“One tun­nel is 600m long and is in Nadab on the Bid­bid-Sur road and the other is 1,400m long and is in Wadi Uq.”

He added, “The new road will be un­der a test pe­riod for three months, start­ing from the day of open­ing, where only light ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed.

“When the trial pe­riod ends, heavy ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed to use the road ex­cept those loaded

with petro­chem­i­cals and dan­ger­ous ma­te­ri­als.”

In 2019, the trans­port sec­tor wit­nessed the com­ple­tion of some ma­jor projects, in­clud­ing phase 2 of the Adam-Thum­rait

road, cov­er­ing 119.7km, and the com­ple­tion of the Si­naw-MahutDuqm road.

The Min­istry of Trans­port also opened 100km of the Adam-Thum­rait road for traf­fic, as well as 9km of the Al Wa­ja­jaAlfi road, and 12km of the IbriYankul road.

In 2019, the min­istry has com­pleted main­te­nance work on 130,590km of dirt roads in

the sul­tanate.

The Min­istry of Trans­port had su­per­vised works on 15,646km of as­phalt roads and ap­prox­i­mately 17,135km of dirt roads, as of December 2018.

(Sup­plied pho­tos)

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