New tunnels and flyover planned for Gudja roundabout

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Two new tunnels and a flyover will be built to improve access to the Kirkop Tunnels, Gudja, the Malta International Airport and the Malta Freeport, Infrastructure Malta said in a statement on Saturday.

Dubbed as the Kirkop Tunnels and Airport Intersection project, the project includes the redevelopment of this critical junction of the Maltese road network to reduce travel times and accident risks to commuters traveling through the Kirkop Tunnels, to and from Kirkop, Mqabba, Qrendi, Żurrieq and Safi, Infrastructure Malta explained.

The Gudja roundabout is a crossroads of several arterial roads including l-Avjazzjoni Avenue, to and from Luqa, Marsa and Qormi, Dawret il-Gudja Road, towards Gudja and Għaxaq, Ħal Far Road, to and from Ħal Far, the freeport and Birżebbuġa and l-Ewwel Titjira Road, which links the roundabout with the Kirkop Tunnels. It also includes il-Karwija Road, leading to the airport.

According to Infrastructure Malta, the project would transform the roundabout into a grade-separated intersection with direct connections to and from the different routes converging at this junction. At the lower level, two new tunnels beneath the roundabout will create a direct link between the southbound and northbound carriageways of L-Avjazzjoni Avenue and Hal Far Road. These tunnels will allow road users, including heavy vehicles, travelling to and from the Airport, Birzebbuga, the Freeport and the Hal Far Industrial Zone, to bypass the roundabout.

At grade, the existing roundabout will be rebuilt in an improved design to facilitate access to and from Gudja and Ghaxaq. The existing bypass lane for northbound travel from the Kirkop Tunnels to L-Avjazzjoni Avenue will be improved to continue cutting journey times along this route as well.  

The third level of the intersection will incorporate a new flyover bridging the southbound carriageway of L-Avjazzjoni Avenue with L-Ewwel Titjira Road, towards the Kirkop Tunnels. Commuters heading to Kirkop, Mqabba, Qrendi, Zurrieq and Safi will no longer need to go through the roundabout to get to the Kirkop Tunnels.

Project plans have been submitted to the Planning Authority. The plans will be published for public consultation and for further studies in upcoming stages of the process.

Infrastructure Malta said that it would soon issue a call for offers to engage the road building services required for this new junction. Adding that the investment might be co-financed through the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility.