Infrastructure Malta is opening the first two flyover
structures of the Marsa Junction Project this weekend.
The two interconnected flyover structures, extending half
a kilometre, will give road users an uninterrupted connection between Marsa and
Luqa, towards the Airport and the Kirkop Tunnels, to replace the existing route
through the Addolorata Cemetery traffic lights junction. Initially, until the third
and fourth flyover structures of this project are opened early next year, this
new two-lane connection will be used in the southbound direction, from Aldo
Moro Road (Marsa) towards Giuseppe Garibaldi Road (Luqa).
This arrangement will allow Infrastructure Malta to
close the temporary lanes currently serving this route, in the Addolorata
Cemetery car park area, and free up the required space to complete the
construction of other structures included in this project. They include the third
and fourth flyover structures, which are being built beneath the two that
Infrastructure Malta will open this weekend. These flyovers will form the final
two-lane southbound route between Aldo Moro Road and Garibaldi Road. The first
two flyovers will then serve the northbound route, to complete a continuous
bi-directional link between these two major roads.
The other flyover structures and new lanes that
Infrastructure Malta is building as part of this project will create similar uninterrupted
connections between Aldo Moro Road and the other roads merging at the
Addolorata traffic lights junction, including Sir Paul Boffa Avenue (towards
Corradino and Paola), Santa Lucija Avenue (Addolorata Hill) and Marsa Road
Road users travelling through this junction in the
coming days are encouraged to take note of the yellow direction signs guiding
them to the new route up the new flyovers. The 30 kilometres per hour reduced
speed limit for safe driving through road works sites will continue to apply in
all areas of the Marsa Junction Project, including the two new flyover
Before introducing lane changes, Infrastructure Malta
is modelling and testing each configuration using specialised traffic flow
software. Different options are examined to identify diversions with the least
possible impact on over 100,000 persons who travel through this area every
Infrastructure Malta is collaborating with the Police
and with Transport Malta to support road users during the implementation of
this project. Traffic police and Transport Malta officers are stationed in the
area to monitor the roads leading to the Addolorata junction and to take
immediate action in case of difficulties. Drivers can also call Transport
Malta’s support line 80073399 to request the emergency breakdown towing service
available in this area.
The Marsa Junction Project includes the development of
a new multi-level intersection to replace the Addolorata traffic lights system
with 12 kilometres of uninterrupted lanes, grade-separated at three levels, creating
direct northbound and southbound connections between the arterial roads merging
at this network node. It is eliminating traffic lights waiting times along this
principal route to southern Malta, whilst reducing congestion emissions in
Marsa and other nearby localities. It also introduces new facilities for alternative
modes of travel, such as footpaths and cycle paths, segregated pedestrian
crossings, improved bus laybys, bus lanes, a park and ride area, new landscaped
areas and other new infrastructure.
The first two phases of the project, including the
reconstruction of Aldo Moro Road, Gvern Lokali Road and parts of other nearby
roads, were ready in 2018. Last December, Infrastructure Malta started the
third phase, focusing on the construction of the flyovers. Over 35% of this
€70-million project have now been completed.
The Marsa Junction Project is co-financed through the
EU’s Cohesion Fund and Connecting Europe Facility.
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