Works commenced on Triq Buqana which will include new vehicle lanes as well as new cycling lanes. This road connects Imtarfa, Mosta and Imġarr and it is one of the roads mostly used by those travelling to Gozo.
Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg explained how this road suffers from congestion both during morning and afternoon peak hours as well as during weekends and public holidays, with 18,000 vehicles passing through each day due to its importance in the Maltese road network.
Apart from resurfacing the existing lanes in this road, the project will include the building of a new lane which starts from the Mtarfa and would then join the rest of the road as an additional lane, easing traffic. A new 1.8-kilometre cycle lane will be added together with this lane in the same direction, and there will be a system of cycle priority lanes both in the road as well as in the roundabout at the other end, i.e. in Mġarr and Mosta.
The Ministry further explained that the two roundabouts at the ends of this road will be rebuilt with a new design towards improved safety and less congestion and, similarly to what was done in other projects, will include bypass lanes. One bypass lane will lead drivers from Triq Buqana to Triq Sir Temi Zammit in Mġarr without entering the roundabout, another will lead from this main road in Mġarr directly to Triq Żejfa in Mosta, i.e. the Żokrija area, and the third one will connect Triq San Pawl tal-Qliegħa in Mosta with Triq Buqana in the direction of Mtarfa.
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