As part of its ongoing project to evaluate, secure and consolidate the stability of the old stone bridge at Triq il-Mistra, linking Xemxija and Mellieha, Transport Malta will be carrying infrastructural works in one of the road’s lanes, over the bridge, tonight and during the next few days.
These works are urgently required to ensure the stability of the bridge and as part of the preparations for the eventual upgrade of the road above it, the main route to Mellieha and to the Gozo ferry terminal at Cirkewwa. They will be carried out in the next few days, whilst the north-bound lane of the road is currently closed to traffic as another part of this route, Triq il-Pwales at Xemxija, is being rebuilt and resurfaced. This will avoid disrupting vehicle flows twice for separate works along the same route.
The north-bound lane of Triq il-Mistra, from Xemxija to Mellieha, will be closed to traffic as from this evening, so that the works can be carried out without compromising workers’ safety. The road is already closed in this direction further south, due to the ongoing road works at Xemxija. Public transport buses and other heavy vehicles will still be able to travel towards Mellieha through Xemxija and Triq il-Mistra by following the directions of the Transport Malta officials on site.
The south-bound lane of Triq il-Mistra, from Mellieha to Xemxija and St Paul’s Bay, will remain open at all times. However, commuters are encouraged to avoid delays by using one of two alternative routes. Transport Malta officials will be on site along these routes to support road users as necessary. North-bound vehicles are encouraged to follow the diversion route from the St Paul’s Bay Bypass, towards Triq Ghajn Tuffieha to the road going through Limbordin and Il-Mizieb. This road is temporarily open in this south-bound direction only. Vehicles travelling in the other direction, from Cirkewwa, Ghadira and Mellieha towards Xemxija and St Paul’s Bay should use Triq il-Mellieha towards Manikata and Ghajn Tuffieha.
Transport Malta is working to complete the ongoing works in the shortest time possible, and with the least possible inconvenience to road users. The Authority would like to thank the public for its cooperation in its ongoing effort to improve the quality of the Maltese road network.
University tunnel reopens tomorrow
The University Tunnel, a route for the sports complex and Imsida, will reopen tomorrow morning.
For the past weeks, the tunnel was not accessible because of ongoing works. Transport Malta chose to rebuild the University Tunnel, during the works for the Kappara Project. The tunnel was not part of the project however the Authority opted to rebuild it to avoid that Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli is dug up for future maintenance of the tunnel.
Transport Malta built a wider and safer tunnel which is better suited for today’s University needs. The tunnel was completed with the works for the Kappara Project. The University of Malta then asked Transport Malta to also widen the road that leads to the tunnel. Thus, the Authority started widening this road immediately.
The works are now completed. The students, and those who visit the University can start using the new road and tunnel to go from University towards Imsida and the other way round, from tomorrow.
Transport Malta will start removing a blocked culvert and install a new one in Triq Marina Tal-Pieta`, from tonight. The works, spread on three consecutive nights, will commence at 23:30hrs and be completed by 04:30hrs.
The blocked culvert is, following rain showers, causing flooding on this stretch of road. The Authority’s intervention will help address the flooding issues residents and road users are experiencing.
The north-bound carriageway, taking vehicles from Valletta towards Msida and Birkirkara, will be closed during these hours at night. Vehicles will be diverted onto Triq id-Duluri, before reaching Tal-Pieta` creek, and can then head towards GF Abela Junior College and down Triq Marina again. Vehicles travelling on the south-bound carriageway, towards Valletta, will not be affected.
At a later stage, Transport Malta will be completing the installation and replacement of the culvert through works on the southbound carriageway.
Transport Malta urges drivers to avoid the area when possible, to follow temporary direction signs, officials’ instructions on site and to drive carefully.