The Oman Ministry of Transport and Communications has opened the 270km Al-Batinah expressway for traffic.
The expressway connects three governorates of Muscat, North Batinah and South Batinah.
The road consists of four lanes on each side with external and internal shoulders. It also contains 11,400 lighting poles, 240,000 global standards and quality road floor reflectors.
The Al-Batinah Expressway begins at the end of Muscat Expressway near Halban intersection and ends at Khutmat Al-Milahah in Shinas, Oman.
The developers took into account global technical safety standards and involved regional and global expertise to complete the project.
To ensure secure traffic flow on the expressway, the ministry has constructed 52 concrete facilities, including 23 interchanges, 17 flyovers, 12 underpasses, 25 wadi bridges and 1,106 box culverts.
The expressway has been designed to withstand all weather conditions.
Al-Batinah Expressway is expected to accelerate urban development along the road, strengthening the social bonds.
It is one of the key aspects of the national economy in transport sector, and logistics, which, according the ministry’s policy will be the second source of revenue to the local economy.
The project has generated several job opportunities during its construction stage to many local import companies.
The ministry said that the first package of the project was constructed from April 2012 to May 2017.
Minister for Transport and Communications Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al-Futaisi said that the ministry will complete the development in implementing new road links to Al-Batinah Expressway such as the AlAqda road link, AlSuwaiq road link and Saham road link, of which the AlAqda link is nearing completion.
He said that the Al-Batinah Expressway is an addition to the economic and social system in the Sultanate, the largest among all roads in the country ever built by the ministry till date.
The expressway will reduce travel time from and to Muscat into all governorates in its path.