Dubai’s Shindagha corridor has been transformed with the opening of two major bridges and a tunnel spanning over 2.3km. The Falcon Interchange Improvement Project, located between Al Khaleej Street, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road and Al Ghubaiba Road, has a capacity of 27,200 vehicles per hour.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the two bridges are connected by the Infinity Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel from the northern side, and they will eventually link up with the bridges currently under construction at the junction of Sheikh Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street from the southern side.
The two main bridges on Al Khaleej Street extend 1,825 metres, with each having six lanes, and have a total capacity of 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The first bridge measures 750 metres, while the second extends 1,075 metres in the southern direction. These bridges are linked to the new Infinity Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel from Deira side, as well as the improved junctions on the Sheikh Rashid Road.
In addition, a two-lane tunnel has been opened for left turns from Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road to Al Mina Street. This tunnel stretches 500 metres and accommodates up to 3,200 vehicles per hour.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said: “The project will enhance the traffic flow on Sheikh Rashid Road, and reduce the transit time from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard from 12 minutes to just four minutes. The project will also ease the traffic flow on the junction of Sheikh Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street by increasing their capacity to about 10,000 vehicles per hour.”
The RTA also noted that the Falcon Interchange Improvement Project is part of the bigger Shindagha Corridor Project, which aims to enhance the road network and public transportation in the area. It includes the construction of the Dubai Creek Tower, which will be the world’s tallest tower upon completion.
The opening of these new road projects is expected to provide significant relief to motorists and commuters in the area, improving their daily commutes and easing traffic congestion in Dubai.
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