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Bidbid–Sur dual carriageway project work on fast track

MUSCAT

An important road project currently underway in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah is part of the Bidbid–Sur dual carriageway project, according to HE Eng. Salim Bin Mohammed Al Nu’aimi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Transport.

Road projects in Al Sharqiyah constitute 11.6 per cent of the total length of asphalt roads currently being carried out by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in a number of governorates.

Al Nu’aimi said “Some projects were completed in 2016 and others are still underway, which were included in the ministry’s plan for this year.”

“The project of the Bidbid–Sur dual carriageway passes by the Wilayats of Al Mudhaibi, Ibra and Al Qabil, and some parts of it were opened for the traffic. The project will be completed in 2017, which includes 24 kilometers from the first phase of the first part, 10 kilometers from the first phase of the second part, 77 kilometers from the first part of the second phase, and 56 kilometers from the second phase in the second part,” he added.

Regarding the landslides recently witnessed during the work, Al Nu’aimi said the ministry has assigned experts from three companies to research and study the causes.

“The ministry is currently striving to come up with the most appropriate solutions to this problem. One of the solutions is to build a tunnel in the area where the slides occurred,” he explained.

The ministry is focusing primarily on opening the main line of the project and in both directions, while the companies are continuing to complete the bridges and intersections and open them for traffic.

All the bridges and intersections such as Masroun, Al Thabti and Sumerah and other bridges in the first phase of the project are expected to be finished in April, with the completion of 10km from the second part of the first phase.

“The ministry is seeking to complete the entire work of the first phase, including Al Uqq area and parts from the first part of the second phase with a length of about 200km in early 2018,” he affirmed.

“There is also another important project being implemented in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah, namely Sinaw–Mahout–Al Duqm Road. The ministry opened recently 109km out of 181.4km, which represents 60 per cent of the project. The project is divided into two parts, the first part is 81km long of which 72km was opened and the second part is 100km long, of which 37km was opened. Hopefully the phases of the project will be completed during the current year 2017, including 9.4km from the first part and 63km from the second part,” Al Nu’aimi added.

This project is one of the important and strategic projects in the Sultanate, as it links the economic zone in Duqm in the Governorate of Al Wusta to the Governorate of South and North Al Sharqiyah, as well as the capital Muscat.

This vital road will have many direct benefits for the residents of the villages and areas which the road will pass by, and will contribute to the growth of tourism, economic, commercial and social aspects of the country.

Al Nu’aimi said the ministry had also begun the 13km Samad Al Shan–Wadi Endam Road project worth 2.28 million rials in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi.

Oman News Agency