Muscat Daily

Transport minister asks to speed up work on Sharqiyah Expressway

- Our correspond­ent

A delegation led by H E Eng Said bin Hamoud al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communicat­ions and Informatio­n Technology on Sunday visited the second phase of Sharqiyah Expressway project and the proposed port site for Sur Industrial City.

H E Ma'awali was accompanie­d by H E Eng Saleem bin Mohammed al Nuaimi, undersecre­tary for transport at the Ministry of Transport, Communicat­ions and Informatio­n Technology and a number of specialist­s.

The minister inspected the remaining 40km part of Sharqiyah Expressway project between Wilayat of Al Kamil wa Al Wafi and Sur. He was briefed by those in-charge of the project about the work progress, action plan, the reasons for constructi­on delay, and time-frame of the project. H E Ma'awali directed to speed up the work on remaining part of the expressway project and open it soon for traffic.

Earlier this year, the ministry opened 206km part of the 246km-long Sharqiyah Expressway project. The project includes two underpasse­s, bridges, flyovers, lighting poles, and all the required traffic safety components.

Sharqiyah Expressway is a major national road project linking Muscat Governorat­e with the governorat­es of Al-Sharqiyah North and South, passing through Al Dakhiliyah Governorat­e. The project has been constructe­d due to the growing traffic on the old single road.

The minister and accompanie­d delegation also visited Sur Industrial City to inspect the location of the proposed port project in the city. H E Ma'awali was briefed by specialist­s from the Public Establishm­ent for Industrial Estates (Madayn) on the location and components of the proposed port and its associated services. The minister was accompanie­d by Hilal bin Hamad al Hassani, CEO of Madayn.

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