A new coastal road project in Oman is to open soon following the award of contracts to construction companies to begin the first phase of work.

The 241km Batinah Coastal Road project in Oman will begin shortly following the award of the $387m (149 million rial) to Indian firm Nagarjuna Construction Company contract for section two of the first phase.

The work on this second section involves building a 65.7km road from Majees roundabout in Sohar to Khatmat Malaha in Wilayat Shinas, including service and link roads, interchanges, roundabouts and wadi bridges.

The $325m (125.286m rial) contract for section 1 of the first phase has already been awarded to Turkish firm Makyol.

Work on the first section involves building a 59.5km road from Naseem roundabout to Sayyid Said bin Sultan Naval Base at Wudam al Sahel in the Wilayat of Musannah. Work includes building 85km of service roads and 15km of link roads.

The overall project, overseen by Oman’s Supreme Committee for Town Planning, involves building a four-lane dual carriageway running parallel to the Gulf of Oman coast from Naseem Garden to Khatmat Malaha on the country’s border with the UAE.