The Malta Independent 9 August 2020, Sunday

Next three Marsa Junction Project flyovers to open next month

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 12:02 Last update: about 24 days ago

Another three of the Marsa Junction Project’s seven flyovers are to open next month, Infrastructure Malta said. 

They said that 70% of the €70 million EU-funded project have up to now been completed by the agency’s contractors. 

Infrastructure Malta said that this is the biggest infrastructural investment ever made in the Maltese road network, and although there have been a number of setbacks posed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta, the plan is still to maintain the project’s original December 2020 completion deadline.

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In the last quarter of 2019, the first three flyovers were opened, and four other flyovers were completed during the first six months of 2020. 

Currently, the agency’s contractors are focusing on the four remaining access ramps needed to connect these flyovers to the roads converging at this junction including Aldo Moro Road, Santa Lucija Avenue and Giuseppe Garibaldi Road. 

Five other ramps are already in place. 

Infrastructure Malta is also building other new roads at grade beneath these flyovers, to create direct connections for quicker and safer travel to and from Sir Paul Boffa Avenue (Paolo), the two new park and ride areas forming part of the same project, the Adolorata Cemetery and other nearby locations.

In order to complete the final project works, between this month and October, the agency will introduce several diversions as workers shift existing lanes to complete remaining works in different areas of the project. 

The first of these diversions will be in place this weekend and they include the opening of a new northbound link from Sir Paul Boffa Avenue to Aldo Moro Road and the temporary rerouting of the northbound carriageway of Giuseppe Garibaldi Road to an adjacent road through the Marsa Industrial Estate. 

Project plans were also modified to introduce a new 10-metre pedestrian and cycling underpass for safer alternative transport connections between Paola and Marsa. 

Infrastructure Malta has also built two large underground reservoirs to harvest 1.5 million litres of rainwater for the irrigation of these new green areas, as well as the laying of over 13 kilometres of underground networks, including water mains, sewers, walk-through culverts for electricity cables, Internet and other telecommunication cable ducts and stormwater pipelines. 

The €70 million Marsa Junction Project is co-financed through the EU’s Cohesion Fund and Connecting Europe Facility.

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