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One of the tunnels on the route. Image courtesy: ONA

Oman opens new 191-km expressway

MUSCAT, January 21, 2020

Oman has officially opened the new Al Sharqiya Expressway for traffic. The 191-km expressway starts from the Wilayat of Bidbid and ends in the Wilayat Al Kamil wa Al Wafi.
 
The expressway will be under a test period of three months when only light vehicles are allowed to use it during this period. 
 
After the three-month period, heavy vehicles will be allowed to use the expressway, except those loaded with petrochemicals and dangerous materials, said an Oman News Agency report.
 
Designed in accordance with the highest international specifications and standards, the road includes two tunnels with a total length of 2.1 km. The first tunnel is located in the village of Nadab in Samayil with a length of 650 m, while the second tunnel is situated amidst the mountain ranges of Al-Aqq with a length of 1,450 m. The project also includes bridges over wadis at a height of 90 m, said an Oman Daily Observer report.
 
Meanwhile, the government plans to build a third and fourth lane of Rusayl–Nizwa dual carriageway project from Muscat Expressway Junction to Bidbid-Sur Junction, the report said.



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