120 roads to be rebuilt; starting in 2019

MTIP

In 2019,  120 roads around Malta and Gozo will rebuilt, according to Minister for Transport, Ian Borg.

In a press release, the Ministry for Transport stated that in these coming two weeks, Infrastructure Malta will be issuing a tender for the rebuilding of 120 residential roads. He said that this process will be completed by the end of this year. This will be part of the €700 million investment promised by the Government to improve road conditions in Malta.

Borg said that “this is the first batch of residential roads that we will be rebuilding”. According to Borg, these roads have been abandoned for years, while others were never adequately built.

“ It is not acceptable that we still have families living in areas which do not have an adequate road infrastructure, especially in a country like ours, which boasts of extraordinary economic progress” said Borg.

Minister Borg said the aforementioned in his visit to Vjal ix-Xarolla in Żurrieq. This road was rebuilt through a 1.8 million investment. Borg remarked that due attention was given to the project site as the area is of archaeological significance. He explained that the excavations required for the new road foundations and the underground service networks were carefully carried out under the supervision of archaeologists. In some areas, workers had to dig trenches with shovels, rather than mechanical excavators, to ensure that any historic remains uncovered are adequately retrieved and protected. Six ancient tombs and other historical features including cart ruts were discovered during the project and such findings were studied by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, which specified measures which were then adopted for their conservation.

The Ministry also announced that in the coming weeks, a new project will be launched; that if the rebuilding of Triq il-Kuċċard, which links Vjal ix-Xarolla to Safi and Kirkop.