By Conrad Egbert
Road project expected to improve access to International Airport and along arterial roads in the capital
Muscat-based civil contractor, Carillion Alawi, has won a US $27.5 million (OR10.5 million) contract from Muscat Municipality to build an interchange at Seeb International Airport in Oman.
The construction of the new interchange will involve the demolition of old landmarks, including the clock tower roundabout and a waterfall at the entrance of the city.
The road project, which is one of several being implemented by Muscat Municipality in the capital, is expected to solve a rush-hour bottleneck at the Seeb International Airport roundabout, as well as streamline traffic along the arterial Sultan Qaboos Street.
As well as interconnecting with the Southern Expressway, the interchange will also facilitate smooth traffic flows in and out of the airport, which is targeted for a major expansion over the next few years.
Speaking to Construction Week, David Skinner, regional manager, Carillion Alawi, said: “Mobilisation work has begun and we’re about to finish the formalities before we begin the other works. [But] it will be at least nine months before we begin to take down the clock tower roundabout. The main road will be opened on 15 November next year while the side roads will follow on 31 December .”
The consultant on the project is Parsons International. Carillion Alawi was established in 1979, as a locally registered company with a majority Omani shareholding, with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as a building, civil engineering, mechanical and electrical contractor.