Upgrades to the newly reopened Triq Buqana, will result in greater road safety and reduce travel times by 36%, Infrastructure Malta has said.
The authority said this today as it announced the re-opening of the route between Mosta and Mgarr. The reconstruction is now understood to be in its final stages.
The €3.6 million road reconstruction is said to have included the initial laying of many kilometres of key utilities and telecommunication piping and cabling prior to planting the road’s foundations.
The road widening project itself is understood to have included a second northbound lane between Mtarfa and Mosta along with a parallel cycle track. They add that the roundabouts at both ends of the road have also been redesigned to include bypass and cycle lanes.
A key feature of the reconstruction has been the rebuilding of the bridge crossing over the Chadwick lakes. The bridge is now understood to be an 18 metre long overpass made to accommodate three lanes of traffic and a cycle lane and made of 10 concrete beams, each of 10.5 metres long.
There have been many comments made about the development of Malta’s infrastructure upgrades, particularly from cyclists who would be using the new cycle lanes.
Newsbook.com.mt previously spoke to one such rider who commented on their construction, Cassar Manghi described it has haphazard.
‘One can see that Buqana Road, another arterial road, is getting designed with a bike path that starts, ends haphazardly at a wall at the old building bottleneck, with sharrows painted throughout the bottleneck, and starts again till the end of the road. All this to keep the road with 3 uninterrupted lanes for cars, instead of keeping it with 2 and using the 3rd lane as the continuous bike path. More sharrows will be built upon approaching the roundabouts on both ends, with slip lanes in most exits, meaning having to cycle in the middle of the road to go straight.’