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Oman?s Barka region set for a facelift

Barka, in Oman?s Al Batinah Governorate, is set for a facelift with a large number of infrastructure projects currently underway in the region

Road projects, including flyovers and bridges, are underway with an aim to give an entirely new look to Barka. The bridges will be built for facilitating traffic and enhancing trade and commerce in the long run.

Rail tunnels, viaducts, rail bridges and wadi bridges are also under construction. Around 17km of viaducts have been included in the Barka projects, in addition to 20km of rail bridges and 15km of wadi bridges.

Earlier this year, the government had approved US$359.7mn worth projects as part of the 45-km Al Batinah South Expressway package, which includes converting the existing Barka roundabout to multilevel crossroads.

The project also includes several multilevel crossroads, bridges and culverts to allow travel on the expressway during varying weather conditions. Barka Bridge will be expected to open next month or in October for traffic movement.

After completion, the expressway will have four lanes in each direction, starting from the end of Muscat Expressway at the Wilayat of Barka spanning up to Khatmat Melahah in the Wilayat of Shinas.

The road will be a continuation of the Muscat Expressway and part of a Five Year Plan (2011-2015).