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Major Dhofar plan to boost road network.

SALALAH: Sheikh Salim bin Ufait Al Shanfari, head of Dhofar Municipality said that they have prepared a comprehensive study to assess the traffic situation in Salalah city and identify the best means to develop the road network. The study included most of the main and sub roads to alleviate the traffic congestion and ensure smooth traffic movement in the main streets of the city.

He added that work is currently underway for doubling most of the main roads in Salalah city which suffer from intense traffic movement such as Sultan Qaboos Road, Al Ribat road and Al Salam road, as well as a number of roads in Owqad, Al Saa€™adah, Middle, West and East Salalah districts.

He also pointed out that work is underway to prepare the studies and the designs to construct two flyovers, the first on Al Ribat crossroad with Al Nama road near Hamdan hospital and the other in front of Um Al Ghawarif roundabout.

The head of Dhofar Municipality said that in coordination with the Supreme Committee for Town Planning, work is underway currently at the dual carriageway project and Um Al Ghawarif roads in a bid by the Municipality to alleviate the traffic congestions. Work is also underway to maintain and rehabilitate a number of vital roads in Salalah city such as Al Muntazah street. About (4.5km) of the road were paved, in addition to, maintaining and re-paving of (2km) from Al Salam street and (800 metres) from Al Hafa street.

He pointed out that work is underway at the ring road project (second stage) in coordination with the Supreme Committee for Town Planning, which is expected to be completed during 2011. He said that the project includes doubling the existing ring road, two lanes in each (31.9km) long. The project also includes side parks (2.5 metres) wide, paved internal shoulder (1.2 metres) side, in addition to, (59) water crossings.

He affirmed the importance of this project which connects between east and west of Salalah city directly without the need to cross the city centre. This will facilitate the traffic flow, ensure quick travel and alleviate the congestion at the city centre. This will also serve Raysut Industrial Estate, the Free Zone and Salalah Port as the road will be the direct link for those wishing to reach these areas.

He added that the underway projects include a number of internal roads in Salalah city and the wilayat of Taqah. The projects, carried out in coordination with the Supreme Committee for Town Planning, includes different residential quarters and commercial areas in Salalah city and the wilayat of Taqah. This will alleviate the internal roads network and facilitate the traffic flow. 92 per cent of the (473km) long road projects has been completed and work is underway to complete the remaining stages.

Sheikh Salim bin Ufait Al Shanfari added that work is underway to implement internal roads project, public parks and lighting project in the wilayat of Mirbat. The project is expected to be completed next year in collaboration with the Supreme Committee for Town Planning.

He said that the project aims at promoting the level of services rendered by Dhofar Municipality and facilitate the traffic movement, ensure its safety, reduce the traffic congestions, beautify the wilayat and develop the road network in the wilayat.

The project includes asphalting, draining of rain water, car parks, lighting and making some electric lines underground. The project cost is RO4,605,964.

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Date:Jul 8, 2010
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