Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a AED450m ($122.5m) contract to upgrade the Falcon Junction project.

The project involves building two bridges along Al Khaleej Street. The first bridge will stretch 750m northwards, while the second will run 1,075m southwards.

Once complete, it will connect with the Shandagha Bridge (Infinity) Northwards, facilitating traffic movement across Al Shandagha Corridor.

Both bridges will comprise six lanes in each direction and will support up to 12,000 vehicle movements per hour in each direction.

In addition, the project includes the construction of a one-lane 25m bridge linking Khaled bin Al Waleed Street and Al Khaleej Street, as well as a two-lane 500m tunnel from Khaled bin Al Waleed St to Al Mina St.

Other infrastructure works, including pavements, lighting and traffic systems, are also part of the work package.

RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors 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 (Al Khaleej and Al Mina Streets), and step up the intake of both streets. It will also enhance traffic safety, provide entry / exit points for Rashid Port, and provide more parking spaces under the new bridge to serve the area.”

The first two phases of the AED5.35bn ($1.46bn) Al Shandagha Corridor Project are complete, while the third is currently underway.

The Falcon Junction project is part of this third phase, expected to complete in 2022.

The Phase IV and V works are due to be completed by 2025 and 2027 respectively.

Last September, RTA opened the third and fourth phases of the Expo 2020 roads, which expanded Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street from two to five lanes in each direction.