Oman to get massive roads upgrade
By: Beatrice Thomas
More than 1300km of new and upgraded roads are being planned for Oman in a major overhaul of the Sultanate’s transport network, it was reported.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications is currently looking at studies to build major roads as well as dualisation work on existing roads, the Times of Oman report said.
All total the programme would result in 1300km of new and improved roads across the country.
Among the roads set for improvements include a 200km-long new road between Al Mazyunah and Sheit, 150km Metan-Al Hashman-Al Shasr road, 715km-long dualisation program for Nizwa-Thumrait Road and upgrades to 40km of Sohar-Wadi Hibi Road.
The programme also covers a new 76km-long Al Buraimy-Safwan-Al Rawdah Road, 39km-long-dualisation of Nizwa-Bahla Road as well as dualisation of the 33km-long Ibri-Yankul Road.
The newspaper said tenders for lead contractors were expected to be released in coming months.
Oman is set to build its first design-build-operate road project, the Diba-Lima-Khasab Road, in Musandam.
A study for the 65km-long road, which will be developed on a 20-year concession with a private operator, had already been completed and a tender for pre-qualification of companies had been floated, the Times report said.
"It is a strategic route, once it is completed,” Eng Muhammed Aref Abu Zaki, Road Design Expert at the Ministry, was quoted as saying.
“Lima, which is a coastal town, is a tourist attraction," added Abu Zaki.
Abu Zaki said 10 major new roads or dualisation-rehabilitation works were currently under construction, with a total length of 647km.