The Malta Independent 22 September 2019, Sunday

Watch: Two flyovers for Msida – government announces Msida Creek Project

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 12:13 Last update: about 5 months ago

Today, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg announced a new major project in Msida, The Msida Creek Project, which will introduce two 175-metre long flyovers instead of the traffic lights junction connecting Triq Marina, Triq il-Wied tal-Imsida and Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, a junction which sees more than 4,500 vehicles an hour.

“A government that is committed to continue working towards safer roads, more efficient roads, less congestion and a quality of life that is always getting better," Minister Borg said. "Today we are in a locality which is central not only on the map of Malta but also because of its strategic importance as a connection and as a commercial and touristic centre. Once again, we have another essential project for the challenges of traffic and congestion in this locality, a project that will also be reducing the risk of accidents and improving air quality.”

Minister Borg explained that thanks to this new intersection on a separate level, the efficiency and capacity of this important junction will increase, while there will also be an upgrade of other connections in the area, such as the one between Ta’ Xbiex and Triq il-Marina, from Triq il-Wied tal-Imsida and from and to the skatepark roundabout. He added that this project will also improve the area with an open recreational space near the Workers Memorial, pedestrian facilities including two safer pedestrian bridges instead of the existing pelican crossings and 100 new parking spaces.

“From my end I feel that we will be giving the people a much-desired project, which will mitigate a great inconvenience for residents, businesses, which will improve the flow of public transport passing through and which will facilitate the lives of many students using this road. This is another project for the quality of life of people, another solution by this Government, a project that will continue connecting a chain of investment that did not look at north, south and centre but one connected country – a project by a Government that wants to build on every investment so that the people continue gaining benefits, a Government committed to listen to the priorities of the people and determined to continue working holistically to implement its vision.”

The Minister said that several discussions are underway with many stakeholders, including the Council so that plans can then be finalised and the application for permits can be submitted to the Planning Authority in the coming weeks.

 

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