The works in Vjal ix-Xarolla, Żurrieq

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The works in Vjal ix-Xarolla, Żurrieq

Transport Malta started works to widen Vjal ix-Xarolla in Żurrieq a few months ago.  The project was split in two parts.  The first part is mostly completed.  The contractor cleared most of the area to be widened and is building the new retaining walls. 

The second part of the project, which will commence in the coming weeks, entails the re-construction of the road completely.  The road will have an additional carriageway along Vjal ix-Xarolla extending all the way to Triq il-Kuċċard in Safi.  Transport Malta will replace the existing services, install new ones  and will form a service road with parking for residents.

 

The superintendence for cultural heritage declared that there is a great possibility of finding archaeological remains in the area.  The superintendence requested extensive archeological monitoring.  The storms we endured during the worst of winter made it harder for the underlying material to be compacted.  These factors, unfortunately, delayed the project.

However, the tender for the second part of the project will be adjudicated in the coming days and works are expected to proceed at a faster pace.   Transport Malta remains committed to complete the project for the benefit of the people of the area who have long been asking for it.  Transport Malta is investing €2 million on the project which will help regenerate the neighbourhood. 

Moorings in Qawra and Salina

Transport Malta held a meeting with owners of boats moored in Qawra and Salina. The meeting provided information on the plan to re-organise the bay.

Boat owners were urged to apply for a mooring.

Download Mooring Application

Kindly attach the following with the application form

To register an existing mooring

  • Photocopy of ID Card
  • North & East Coordinates of mooring (taken with a GPS)
  • Photo of the Area (or a site map indicating the position of the mooring)
  • Photo of boat on mooring (if no photo is available an affidavit needs to be presented).  Affidavit needs to include: Name, Surname, I.D card number, location of mooring, GPS co-ordinates and for how long the mooring has been in use.
  • Copy of a valid boat certificate
  • Copy of a valid boat insurance (where applicable)

To register a new mooring

  • Photocopy of ID Card
  • Copy of a valid boat certificate
  • Copy of a valid boat insurance (where applicable)

Freedom Press Demolished

Freedom Press to be demolished

Works for triton square project

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Triton Square and the Landfront Ditch Projects by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation

Over the past weeks, the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation, in collaboration with Transport Malta and the Restoration Unit, has commenced the works related to the Triton Square and the Landfront Ditch projects.  These two projects will see the pedestrianisation of the entire square around the Triton Fountain replacing the existing bus parking area, as well as the formation of a public Garden in the ditch underneath City Gate.

As part of this project, various interventions on the existing infrastructure became necessary and these included the formation of a roundabout in front of the Education Division, upgrading of services in the upper part of Triq l-Assedju l-Kbir next to the Phoenicia Hotel, upgrading of the Biskuttin area around the Christ the King Monument, and other infrastructural works in the Phase 1 Bus Terminus areas.

The preliminary works on site have been ongoing since the beginning of October.  As from Saturday 12th November 2016 it will also be necessary to close off vehicular access through a section of Triq l-Assedju l-Kbir (next to Phoenicia hotel) so that a number of existing services are upgraded, new ones added and the proposed roundabout formed.     

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The following diversions will thus apply:

Light to medium sized vehicles coming from Sa Maison or Triq Sant’Anna requiring access to Valletta from Excelsior area will be diverted through Ospizio, in front of the Central Public Library Belt is-Sebh and back onto Triq l-Assedju l-Kbir.  Light to medium sized vehicles coming from Marsamxett area will be diverted round the Education Division prior to exiting Valletta.

Triq l-Assedju l-Kbir will not be accessible for heavy vehicles from the Excelsior to the Mall.  Heavy vehicles will be diverted to enter and exit from Valletta from Water Front area (ta’ Liesse).  A turning point for heavy vehicles will be formed next to the Mediterranean Conference Centre and St Michael’s Ditch.

Transport Malta Seismic investigation for Malta – Gozo tunnel

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The University of Malta has this morning started the first of a series of seismic investigations, commissioned by Transport Malta, in the channels between Malta and Gozo. The investigations are part of the studies commissioned to eventually determine the feasibility of a tunnel between Malta and Gozo. The investigations will help establish a geological model of the area that will guide the conceptual design of the proposed tunnel between the islands.

The vessel Midas Express is navigating back and forth, in the area indicated, towing a 300m long streamer behind it.  Air compressors on board will release compressed air that will bounce off the seabed.  Receptors along the streamer will register the change in pressure while instrumentation will record the data on board.  Italian experts and University of Malta researchers will be monitoring the data as it is collected.  

 

Transport Malta issued a Notice to Mariners asking the latter to navigate with caution within the area, give wide berth and observe a 1 kilometre restricted zone around the vessel.  The Midas Express’ ability to

manoeuvre will be restricted. These seismic investigations are expected to be completed by the end of next week when the detailed planning will start on the next set of investigations.

 

Personnel loading streamer on board the Midas Express

Personnel loading streamer on board the Midas Express

The Midas Express is also in continual contact with the Gozo Channel ferries to avoid any disturbance to their service.

Dock 7 open on weekdays

The Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, through Transport Malta, reached an agreement with the Mediterranean Maritime Hub, the firm that will develop a maritime centre in Dock 7 to allow temporary access in a bid to ease traffic leaving Cottonera towards Valletta.

The temporary road is open on weekdays between 06:00 and 09:30.

In the meantime Transport Malta started preparatory works to develop an independent road through the former Ship Building.  The road will function as another tidal lane connecting Paola hill and Albert Town.

Malta – Gozo tunnel

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Transport Malta and University of Malta to work together on Sub-Sea Tunnel Project

Transport Malta has signed an agreement with the University of Malta for the latter to conduct geological and geophysical investigations in conjunction with the sub-sea tunnel between Malta and Gozo. The scientific investigations will include both desktop and field studies, passive seismic measurements, bathymetric mapping, and a seismic study. 

The final results of these investigations will also incorporate the results from the recently published Investigative Coring tender. These results will in turn generate a Terrestrial Baseline study which will include geological, geomorphological and hydrogeological maps. It will also include a digital elevation model, cross-sectional profiles and hydrological models. The University of Malta will conduct a Marine Baseline study which will include a geological model of topography, stratigraphy, structure, geological, geophysical and tectonic properties of the study area.

Rector Prof Alfred Vella underlined the importance that the University uses its wide range of expertise to produce studies that can done be implemented for the benefit of society at large. The agreement attests to the strategy that the University plays a key role in projects of national importance such as the sub-sea tunnel between Malta and Gozo

Transport Malta’ Chairman, James Piscopo said that ‘Transport Malta is very pleased to have the University of Malta on board for this exciting project. We look forward to collaborating together in enhancing and expanding our knowledge, whilst gaining unprecedented information that will critically help us in delivering a project that will be of social and economic benefit not only for Gozo but our Country as a whole”

Apart from contributing extensively towards the studies on the feasibility of a Malta Gozo Tunnel, Transport Malta and the University of Malta are also confident that the collaboration will provide a broad range of knowledge and technology transfer opportunities for the two entities.

Kappara September Update

This is what we have been up to, till september.The Cottage
The video starts with the demolition of The Cottage. The latter was a restaurant that had become a landmark for the area. The restaurant had to make way for the new Kappara design. The land it occupied will be used to widen the existing road and for a slip way.

Retaining Walls

The contractor raised most of the retaining walls on the National Pool side. A local factory manufactures the pre-cast walls. Trailers take the walls on site and a crane lowers them into their final position.

Wied Għollieqa

Works have progressed mostly in the area close to the bridge of Wied Għollieqa. The retaining walls have reached the existing street level and the contractor is filling the gap in between with material to form the slipway and the new road.

Service Ducts

The contractor built a series of service ducts throughout. The ducts will house electricity cables and other services. Personnel will be able to access the service ducts without digging up the road.