New flyover structures currently being built for the Marsa junction, will be the tallest, longest and widest ever constructed in Malta, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, has said.
The Minister was explaining the incorporation of the flyovers within the 12 kilometres of new and redeveloped lanes.
According to the plans of the 7 multi-level intersections, the tallest flyover will reach over four storeys, two others will extend to over 400 metres connecting Triq Garibaldi and Vjal Santa Lucija with Triq Aldo Moro. A further flyover will be built with four lanes forking into two further two-lane flyovers.
Dr Borg was announcing the update as Infrastructure Malta were excavating and laying the foundations for the first two of the seven flyover structures.
It is understood that these work represent the first set of a total of 460 concrete and steel foundations which will support the total of 42 pillars which will hold up the seven flyovers.
The columns will support 350 horizonal beams of between 25 and 35 metres in length.
This is third phase of the €70 million Marsa road project to better link Southern Malta and it will see the end of the traffic light system.
‘This development will eliminate traffic lights waiting times, and related congestion emissions, for over 100,000 road users who travel through this junction every day. This is a project which has been long awaited by the thousands of residents and workers who everyday need to travel to and from the south, and who for years suffered from unbearable traffic congestion and poor air quality.’ Minister Borg said.
‘Our country could never continue functioning with an infrastructure which is not coherent in relation to our times and in relation to the demands of our times. An appropriate infrastructure is essential for our country to continue progressing. Less time in traffic quantifies into economic gain for the individual, companies and Maltese and Gozitan families,’, he added.