The Al Batinah Expressway project is well on the way to being complete, with the Ministry of Transport and Communications this week opening the first 18-kilomtre stretch of the highway.
According to a report carried on Oman News Agency (ONA), the opening of the first part of the expressway, which includes four lanes in each direction, links Muscat to Barka.
At a total of 272.5km, the Al Batinah Expressway is a strategic project for the Ministry that begins at the end of Muscat Expressway in Al Fulaij, in the Wilayat of Barka, and ends at Khatmat Milaha, in the Wilayat of Shina.
“The project includes a number interchanges to meet the needs of traffic to the different wilayats in South and North Al Batinah Governorates,” ONA said. “The road also includes box culverts to ensure usability at all weather conditions.”
Meanwhile, five people were killed in an accident last Sunday (July 12) between two vehicles in the Al Jawabi area, in Jalan Bani Bu Ali Wilayat, a spokesman for Royal Oman Police (ROP) said.
“The accident took place between two vehicles at about 4.38am,” the ROP spokesman was quoted by local press as saying.
He added that the five victims were Omani and included an 80-year-old man.
The ROP has repeatedly called on motorists to drive safely and abide by traffic rules to avoid accidents. However, with the Khareef season in Salalah now under way, experts fear that accidents will increase.