A new segregated pedestrian and cycling track will be built between Żabbar and Marsascala, Infrastructure Malta said on Saturday.
The new segregated pathway is being rebuilt on Wied il-Għajn Road and Ħaż-Żabbar Road.
The two roads will retain their two-lane configuration but will be redesigned with a narrower footprint and a safer alignment, Infrastructure Malta explained. The new layout will free up space for the pedestrian and cycling path, a safer bus lay-bys and 2,000 metres squared of new landscaped areas with new trees and other plants. The project which is divided into two phases will cost €2 million.
The two existing roads which are known as the old Marsascala Bypass lack adequate facilities for pedestrians, bus commuters and cyclists, Infrastructure Malta noted.
The plans include the building of a new pedestrian and cycling track which is physically separated from car lanes with concrete kerbs and new landscaped areas.
The mature trees along one side of Wied il-Ghajn Road will be retained and incorporated in this landscaped strip. Most of this infrastructure will be built within the roads’ existing footprint, except for small sections of the new cycling track which must be built on adjacent agricultural land.
The asphalt-surfaced, bi-directional footpath and cycle lane will extend over one kilometre along these two roads, to create a safer and quicker alternative transport connection between the two localities. Infrastructure Malta said that this would be the fourth pedestrian and cycling track of its kind in Malta.
The project also includes the reinforcement of the underground distribution networks beneath the surface of the two roads, new stormwater catchments and a new street lighting system illuminating the carriageway and the pedestrian and cycling track. Where necessary, new boundary walls will be built as well.
The first phase of the project is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks. The second phase will be ready in January 2021.