|18 February, 2020

Besix unit wins contract to build two bridges, tunnel in Dubai

It is part of RTA’s Shindagha Corridor Improvement project

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers on the new Forth Crossing on October 5, 2016 in South Queensferry, Scotland.The new Forth crossing remains on course to be opened by May 2017, Transport Scotland has said it also is expected to stay within its budget of GBP 1.35 billion.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers on the new Forth Crossing on October 5, 2016 in South Queensferry, Scotland.The new Forth crossing remains on course to be opened by May 2017, Transport Scotland has said it also is expected to stay within its budget of GBP 1.35 billion.

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Besix Group, one of the world's leading international contractors based in Brussels, Belgium, said one of its units, Six Construct, has secured a contract from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to build two flyover bridges, a one-lane ramp and a two-lane tunnel in the Shindagha district near Port Rashid.

The scope of work includes bridge works, pavement structure, signing and road marking, street lighting, traffic systems, storm water drainage system and diversion and protection of the existing services, said the statement from Belgian group.

It is part of RTA’s Shindagha Corridor Improvement project, a 13km-long road network along Sheikh Rashid, Al Mina, Al Khaleej, and Cairo Streets, that will be executed in five phases and is due for completion in 2027, it stated.

Besix Group said it has a decades-long track record in bridge infrastructure in Europe (Herstal viaducts in Belgium, Theemswegtracé and Nijkerkerbrug in the Netherlands) and the Middle-East (Business bay bridges, Palm Jumeirah Bridge, Shindagha Infinity Bridge in Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Bridge and Al Maryah Bridges in Abu Dhabi).

Thanks to its strong proposal and optimised temporary structures design, Six Construct won the tender against five other competitors, said a top official.

"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," remarked Olivier Crasson, General Manager of Besix Contracting Middle East.

"We attach great attention to traffic flow and safety and have planned our working methods accordingly," stated Crasson.

Works began on the project in October last year and it is due for completion in 2022, he added.

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, 466m and 792m long, are cast-in-situ, post-tensioned, box-shaped concrete bridge structures. The tunnel is 456-m-long, made of reinforced concrete retaining wall and slab, and is covered over 85m length in the centre, under the road junction. The at-grade signalised junction under the bridge will also be improved.

Crossing major thoroughfares of the city, the new infrastructure, once completed, will dramatically improve traffic.-TradeArabia News Service

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