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A new underpass in Santa Luċija was opened on Friday.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Robert Abela, Transport Minister Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi.
The tunnels will provide uninterrupted connection between Santa Luċija Avenue and Tal-Barrani. The roundabout which is being built above the underpass will improve access for residents in Santa Luċija, Paola and Tarxien.
The project also includes the reconstruction of a nearby jogging track, a shared pedestrian and cycling path and the rebuilding of the old Tal-Barrani Road pedestrian subway.
Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the long awaited project was desired by people living in the southern part of the island as it is going to lead to a 30% in traveling time. He claimed that this would lead to less traffic, waiting time and emissions.
Abela maintained that the project shows that the government’s efforts and energy. It is also a sign of holistic and top quality infrastructure with the aim of providing infrastructure for green economy. He also mentioned the importance of EU funds which were used in the financing of the project.
Minister Ian Borg described the inauguration as an important day on the government’s calendar saying that it did not only demonstrate the government’s efforts but has addressed some of the challenges which people living or working in the south face on a day to day basis. Borg maintained that the government will continue to invest in quality infrastructure for all road users.
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi explained that just over €18 million came from the social cohesion fund. He highlighted that residents will be benefiting from the project as traveling time would decrease as well as air pollution as traffic is managed in a more efficient manner.