Muscat: A major plan to dualise Adam-Thumrait road is making progress with the Ministry of Transport and Communications evaluating technical bids submitted by 25 companies.
As many as 14 companies have submitted bids for the 120-km long first part of the project, while the second part (which is of the same distance) has attracted another 11 companies.
"Now the ministry is evaluating technical bids and the technically qualified firms will be considered for their financial bid," said an official working with a bidding firm. Both the projects are expected to be awarded within a couple of months.
For handling the project smoothly, the 715km carriageway has been divided into different segments and the current tenders are for the first two segments.
Four-lane dual carriageway
The project involves conversion of the road into a four-lane dual carriageway from single carriageway between the towns of Adam and Thumrait. The first two parts, which will have a total length of 240km, started from Adam side. The remaining 475km may be divided into four packages at a later stage for tendering.
The road construction, which is aimed at easing traffic congestion, will have major challenges as the carriageway needs several intermittent grade-separated interchanges, cross-drainage structures, camel crossings, service areas and weigh stations at intermittent locations.
Each part of the project is expected to take three-and-a half to four years for completion, after awarding the contract, sources said.
Those in the race for the first part of Adam-Thumrait dualisation include Consolidated Contractors, Strabag Oman, Gharbia Enterprises, Oman Gulf Company, Ozkar Construction, Sezai Turkes — Feyzi Akkaya, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Simplex Infrastructures and Sarooj Construction.
The 11 companies that are trying to bid for the second part of Adam-Thumrait dualisation include Consolidated Contractors, Strabag Oman, Gharbia Enterprises, Oman Gulf Co, Ozkar Construction, Galfar Engineering and Dogus Oman.
The dualisation project is considered as one of the major road projects currently being undertaken by the ministry. Once the whole Adam-Thumrait project is complete, the link between Muscat and Salalah will be fully dualised along its length of more than 1,000km.
International engineering consultant Parsons is providing design and construction supervision consultancy services for the dualisation project.
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