The Malta Independent 16 August 2022, Tuesday

Infrastructure Malta gets €21m European funds for Luqa, Kirkop road projects

Saturday, 2 July 2022, 10:58 Last update: about 2 months ago

Infrastructure Malta said Saturday that it obtained €21.8 million in European funds for its road projects at Luqa and Kirkop.

The agency announced on Facebook that this week the European Commission DG Mobility and Transport awarded Infrastructure Malta €21.8 million EU funds for Luqa Junction Project and Kirkop Tunnels and Airport Intersection Project.

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These TEN_T projects in Malta are among 135 European transport projects chosen from 399 applications for ConnectingEurope Facility funding, in support of sustainable transport and improved safety, IM said.

The Luqa Junction Project is to replace this locality’s principal roundabout with a multi-level junction facilitating quicker and safer connections between Qormi, Santa Lucija, Marsa, Gudja, the Airport, the Kirkop Tunnels and Birzebbuga.

The existing roundabout is an important junction of the core TEN-T arterial road network, merging three major routes to and from several surrounding destinations. It is also one of the main access points to the centre of Luqa. This new project will introduce a flyover, an underpass and other dedicated lanes at grade to open up quicker and safer links between three arterial roads, including San Tumas Road towards Qormi, Il-Kunsill tal-Ewropa Road from Santa Lucija and Marsa, and L-Avjazzjoni Avenue, which leads to Gudja, Birzebbuga, the Kirkop Tunnels, the Airport and the Freeport. 

The project will also see the transformation of the vast area currently occupied by the large roundabout into approximately 3,000 square metres of public recreational areas landscaped with footpaths, trees and monumental artworks, with easy pedestrian access from the centre of Luqa. Luqa Junction Project also incorporates a new segregated cycling and pedestrian path along part of Il-Kunsill tal-Ewropa Road, which will be adjoined to existing cycle lanes and footpaths in L-Avjazzjoni Avenue. 

The Kirkop tunnel project is an €18 million investment to upgrade the Gudja roundabout with a new underpass to Birzebbuga and a flyover to the Kirkop tunnels.  

The KTAIP includes the redevelopment of this critical junction of the Maltese road network to reduce travel times and accident risks to commuters travelling through the Kirkop Tunnels, to and from Kirkop, Mqabba, Qrendi, Zurrieq and Safi, whilst introducing new facilities for alternative modes of travel. It will also improve access to the Malta International Airport and to the Malta Freeport, two strategic locations for several sectors of the Maltese economy.

 

 

 

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