RTA awards $122.5m contract to upgrade Falcon Junction
The project, which involves the construction of 10 surface junctions, will be completed by the end of 2022
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has upgraded the Falcon Junction as part of its efforts to improve the Al Shandagha Roads Corridor.
The project, which is bordered by Al Khaleej, Khaled bin Al Waleed and Al Ghubaiba streets, is estimated to cost approximately $122.5m (AED450m). Upon completion, it will be linked to Shandagha Bridge (Infinity) Northwards.
The announcement is in line with the directives issued by vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Speaking about the project, director general, chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, Mattar Al Tayer, said: “The Falcon Junction Improvement Project is part of Al Shandagha Roads Corridor Improvement Project undertaken over five phases extending 13km along the Sheikh Rashid, Al Mina, Al Khaleej and Cairo Streets.
Upgrading the Falcon Junction will ensure free traffic movement across Al Shandagha Corridor, increasing the intake of both streets. It will also enhance traffic safety, provide entry and exit points for Rashid Port, and provide more parking spaces under the new bridge to serve the area.”
The project will include the construction of “two bridges along Al Khaleej Street comprising six lanes in each direction, with the first bridge extending 750m towards the north, and the second stretching 1,075m towards the south, with a capacity of 12,000 vehicles per hour per direction,” Al Tayer stated.
In addition, the project will entail the construction of a “one-lane 250m bridge, enabling right-turns from Khaled bin Al Waleed Street to Al Khaleej Street, with a capacity of 1,600 vehicles per hour.
The construction will also consist of a two-lane 500m tunnel for left turns from Khaled bin Al Waleed Street to Al Mina Street, with a capacity of 3,200 vehicles per hour,” he added, stating that it will also include a “surface signalised junction linking Al Khaleej with Al Ghubaiba and Khaled bin Al Waleed Streets.”
Other works that are part of the project include pavements, lighting, traffic systems, rainwater drainage network and irrigation systems, Al Tayer said.
Due to the massive scope of the Al Shandagha Corridor Project, which has a cost tag of $1.45bn (AED5.35bn), the project had been split into five phases, two of which are complete.
The completed work includes upgrading the junction of Sheikh Rashid-Oud Metha Streets junction (Wafi Junction), and the intersection of the Sheikh Rashid-Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Streets.
Work is currently underway on Phase 3, which includes six contracts covering the construction of Al Shandagha (Infinity) Bridge which is set to be a ‘unique landmark for Dubai’.
Phase 4 of the project will be completed by 2025, while phase 5, which covers the construction of southwards bridges leading to Deira, are set for completion by 2027.
The project, which involves the construction of 10 surface junctions, will be completed by the end of 2022.