$54m contract awarded for Oman interchange project

Oman Roads Engineering gets $54m contract for Salalah interchange

Muscat in Oman. Salalah is the second-biggest city.
Muscat in Oman. Salalah is the second-biggest city.

Oman Roads Engineering Company LLC has been awarded a $54million contract for the Salalah interchange project in Muscat.

This will be one of the biggest interchanges in Oman to date. The coastal city of Salalah is the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman, and the largest city in the Dhofar Provence.

The interchange forms a key component of an elaborate traffic management system for Salalah, centring on Al Rabat Street, one of the city’s principal carriageways. The arterial black top runs the length of Salalah, from Raysut in the west to Um al Ghawarif roundabout in the east, and thus constitutes the backbone of the city's road network.

A grade-separated interchange will be constructed at the intersection of Al Rabat Street and Iteen Road/Al Namah Road, also known as the Hamdan Complex junction. The intersection is a major bottleneck, especially during the Khareef holiday season, when large numbers of tourists converge on the Municipal Recreation Centre at Iteen Plain, the hub of the city's popular summer tourism festival.

As part of the project, the intersection will be upgraded into a partial cloverleaf interchange, complete with a flyover across Al Rabat Street. The half cloverleaf design, along with exit ramps and service roads, will allow for smooth traffic flows not only between Salalah Port and the city, but also ease vehicular flows in the north-south direction along Al Namah Road and Iteen Road.

Additionally, Al Rabat Street will be upgraded into a three-lane carriageway. The third laning of this key road will start from near the intersection all the way to Um al Ghawarif roundabout, covering a distance of about 10km. Roundabouts along the stretch will be widened as well, while a pedestrian underpass will be constructed across Al Rabat Street in front of Haffa House.

Further, Al Namah Road, which extends north from the intersection into Salalah City, will be upgraded into a four-lane divided carriageway. Iteen Road, which runs south of the intersection through the sprawling Iteen Plain and into the verdant jabals beyond, will also be widened. A vehicular underpass will be built across the Iteen Road to allow for traffic to feed into and out of the Municipal Recreation Centre.

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