Civil engineering for Oman's $1.3bn A'Sharqiyah Expressway complete

Oman's transport minister says the 365km project's tunnels are 80% ready, with overall road completion due in Q4 2019

Oman's A'Sharqiyah Expressway spans 365km, according to ProTenders.
Oman's A'Sharqiyah Expressway spans 365km, according to ProTenders.

Construction work for the tunnels being built as part of Oman’s A’Sharqiyah Expressway – which ProTenders data shows is worth $1.3bn (OMR500.5m) road project is 80% complete, the sultanate’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr Ahmad bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, said during a tour of the project in Sumail wilayat’s Wadi Al Ouq area, adding that the road is due to complete in Q4 2019.

Al-Futaisi said the project’s bridges required new technology and were engineered using techniques that other bridges in Oman have yet to roll out.

Civil engineering work for A’Sharqiyah Expressway – which, according to ProTenders, spans 365km and includes two work sections – is also complete, the minister said.

Electromechanical work is next on the agenda for the project, as are firefighting-related activities, the latter of which was described by the minister as “an important part of the [road’s] safety”, Oman’s state news agency, ONA, reported.

A’Sharqiyah Expressway will be linked to Muscat Expressway through the first part of Al Rusayl-Bidbid road, spanning 26km.

A'Sharqiyah Expressway's tunnels are 80% complete [ONA].

Undersecretary of Oman’s transport minister, Eng Salim bin Mohammed al-Nuaimi, said a contractor had been picked for the project, in coordination with Oman’s Tender Board.

Al-Nuaimi added that the Al Rusayl-Bidbid project would help cut traffic on the Bidbid-Nizwa road.

Section 1 – Part 1A of A’Sharqiyah Expressway, according to ProTenders, spans 157km, and is valued at $260m (OMR100.1m).

ProTenders listings – which can be accessed here – show Dar Al Handasah, Driver Trett Group, Hill International, and Astaldi as being among this section’s construction team.

Cowi & Partners and Hill International are listed as stakeholders by ProTenders for Section 2 of Oman’s A’Sharqiyah Expressway.

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