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Bidbid-Sur dual road to be upgraded
February 12, 2013 , 9 : 35 pm
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The project includes several flyovers and multi-level crossroads. Photo – ONA
: It has been decided to add a third lane to the Bidbid-Sur dualisation project, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, the Minister of Transport and Communications, said.
This comes as part of the long-term plan for this vital road, following growth in traffic, the economy, trade, tourism, population and construction in the North and South Al Sharqiyah Governorates.
In a statement during a field visit to the project, Dr Ahmed said, "Considering the rough terrain and nature of the area through which the Bidbid-Sur passes, it was necessary to add a third lane while the contractor is still in the process of cutting through the tough mountainous terrain."
As part of the efforts by the ministry to curb the traffic congestion at Al Sahwa, Tower-Bidbid Road, a specialised consultant had been employed to conduct a study on the possible solutions and add a third lane, the Transport and Communications Minister pointed out.
It may be mentioned that the ministry is currently implementing the first stage of the road dualisation project, starting from the Bidbid crossroads on the Al Rusayl-Nizwa road, passing through the wilayats of Sumail, Al Mudhaibi, and Dema Wal Tayyin, and ending at Masroon roundabout in the wilayat of Ibra (around 115 kilometres).
The project includes several flyovers and multi-level crossroads that serve the wilayats through which the road passes.
Construction work for the second stage is still in the tendering process among competing
Dr. Ahmed said he hoped that the contract for the second stage would be awarded soon by the Tender Board. The Bidbid-Sur Road is very vital since it connects the Muscat Governorate to Al Sharqiyah Governorate through Al Dakhiliyah Governorate. It leads to Al Wusta Governorate and goes up to the Dhofar Governorate. The road will also serve many wilayats located on either side of it.
Adding the third lane will also facilitate the movement of goods and vehicles. During the field visit, Dr. Ahmed met with several citizens from the wilayats through which the road passes and listened to their views and inputs on the implementation of the project.
Dr Ahmed was accompanied by Sheikh Dr. Khalifa bin Hamad Al Sa'adi, Al Dakhiliyah Governor and Salim bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
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