Muscat: Halban Roundabout will be closed due to the ongoing construction work of Batinah Expressway from Monday. The traffic will be diverted to an alternative route in Halban area.
The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has announced that due to the ongoing construction work at the Batinah Expressway, the Halban roundabout at the end of Muscat Expressway will be closed and traffic will be diverted to alternative routes from Monday.
On his part, Salim Al Nuaimi, undersecretary of the Transport and Communication Ministry, said that 50 per cent of the first phase of the 45km stretch of Batinah road, with six intersections and four flyovers and tunnels, has been completed. Al Nuaimi pointed out that the Batinah Expressway is 272.5km long and 3.75 metres wide each way. It will be punctuated by 31 flyovers, 62 intersections and will have four lanes on either way.
An official at the ROP said earlier that once finished, the Batinah Expressway will cut down traffic congestion on the Batinah main road besides reducing the number of road accidents.
Batinah Expressway will be completed by the end of 2016, and will connect Oman with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and will boost economic movement between the two countries.
Meanwhile, a Muscat Municipality official told the Times of Oman that an estimated 60 per cent of the work on the flyover near Stars Cinema in Ruwi has also been completed. Once it is completed by the end of 2015, commuting will become easier for those travelling between Wadi Al Kabir and Al Bustan and Ruwi, Qurum via Darsait.