Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The third flyover from the Marsa Flyover Project is expected to be completed by the end of this year, a month earlier than originally planned. As of today, 50% of the Marsa Junction Project is complete.
This was stated by Minister for Infrastructure Ian Borg while visiting the Marsa Project site today. “Today we can announce that this structure will be completed by the end of this year, a month ahead of schedule.”
He said that once this flyover is complete, the Addolorata traffic lights system can be completely eliminated, and this will again drastically reduce the travelling time for thousands of people.
Today, the works left many motorists outraged, as Sir Paul Boffa Avenue northbound (that is from Paola to Marsa) was closed for traffic. Infrastructure Malta advised that the area would be closed for general traffic due to health and safety reasons, as a large beam was being placed on one of the flyovers.
“Are we moving quickly? Yes, we are.”
Minster Borg stated that they are moving quickly with the project, and “will not stop working and we will not stop looking ahead.”
He insisted that they are doing this in the most responsible way, and are delivering quality infrastructure even for alternative means, infrastructure that our country “could only dream of before.”
The other side of the coin
Three weeks ago, five non-governmental organisations stated that cyclists have been ignored in the Marsa Junction Project. Bicycle Advocacy Group, BirdLife Malta, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Moviment Graffitti and Nature Trust Malta decried the lack of infrastructure for cyclists in the €70 million project.
Last Friday, Minister Borg denied that the cracks and falling masonry on the Marsa flyover are new additions. He said that these were the ones already reported. At that point, Minister Borg had quickly explained that the hole that was observed was not part of the road which had caved in, but was actually a service point which was to join up with an as-yet uncompleted part of the road.