BESIX wins contract from Dubai’s RTA to build two bridges and tunnel

WCN Editorial Team 19 Feb 2020 MIDDLE EAST TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

BESIX Group has been selected by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai for the construction of two flyover bridges, a one-lane ramp and a two-lane tunnel in Shindagha district near Port Rashid.

The contract includes bridge works, pavement structure, signing and road marking, street lighting, traffic systems, stormwater drainage system, diversion and protecting existing services. The project is expected to ease traffic congestion at a major intersection in the old Dubai district.

Dubai’s RTA had awarded the contract to BESIX’s subsidiary Six Construct.

The contract is part of RTA’s Shindagha Corridor Improvement project, a13km-long road network along Sheikh Rashid, Al Mina, Al Khaleej, and Cairo Streets. The project will be executed in five phases and is expected to be completed in 2027.

BESIX stated that its optimised temporary structures design helped Six Construct in winning the tender.

When completed, the new infrastructure will enhance the Al Falcon junction at the intersection between Al Khaleej Street, Ghubaiba Street and Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street.

It includes two flyover bridges along Al Khaleej Street with six lanes in each direction, a one-lane ramp from Khaled bin Al Waleed Street towards Al Khaleej Street northbound and a two-lane tunnel for left-turn movements from Khaled Bin Al Walid Street to Mina Street southbound.

The two main bridges will be 466m and 792m long and will be cast-in-situ, post-tensioned, box-shaped concrete bridge structures.

The tunnel will be 456m long and will be built with reinforced concrete retaining wall and slab. It will be covered over 85m length in the centre, under the road junction.

BESIX Contracting Middle East general manager Olivier Crasson said: “We are proud to participate in a project that will improve mobility and safety in Dubai.

“Works will be carried out in such a way that traffic will not be disrupted. We attach great attention to traffic flow and safety and have planned our working methods accordingly.”

Works began last October and are expected to be completed in 2022.

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Image: Rendering of the flyover bridge to be building Dubai. (Credit: BESIX.)

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