Transport Malta will tonight launch several road works along different parts of the arterial route between the Santa Venera tunnels, Santa Venera and Triq Dicembru 13, in Marsa.
These works, which will continue for several days, form part of three major ongoing projects to upgrade the quality, safety and efficiency of this part of the arterial road network. These infrastructural investments consist of the widening of the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass, the upgrading of parts of Triq Dicembru 13 and its junctions and the Marsa Junction Project, including the development of a seven-flyover intersection at Triq Aldo Moro and the introduction of new facilities for alternative modes of travel, between Marsa and Paola.
Marsa-Hamrun Bypass Project
The first works starting tonight and continuing round the clock for several days include trenching works in the slip road connecting the south-bound carriageway of the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass to the Qormi-Santa Venera roundabout, beneath the flyover along the same Bypass and Triq Hal Qormi (Maltapost offices area). These trenching works are required for the laying of new utilities and telecommunications underground distribution networks being developed as part of the €5 million project to add two new lanes to the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass. These additional lanes, which are expected to be available to road users by the end of the year, will eliminate a number of difficulties that currently cause major delays to road users. Amongst others, the project will remove the existing merging of two lanes into one at the southbound exit of the Santa Venera tunnels. A new uninterrupted lane towards Qormi and Santa Venera is being built to resolve this obstacle.
Due to the extent of the trenching works involved, this slip road will be closed for several days. Road users travelling to Qormi or Santa Venera through the Marsa Hamrun Bypass are encouraged to use alternative routes. Public transport routes that normally go through this slip road are also being diverted to other nearby roads to ensure that bus schedules are not disrupted.
Triq Dicembru 13 upgrade
Meanwhile, during the next few days, other day and night roadworks will also be taking place at Triq Dicembru 13, along the same north-south arterial route. Whilst these works may necessitate temporary lane closures to ensure workers’ and road users’ safety, Triq Dicembru 13 will remain open in both directions at all times. Works that may have a greater impact on vehicular flows are scheduled to be carried out late at night, to avoid interruptions at peak times.
The ongoing works form part of a €2.5 million investment launched a few weeks ago to upgrade parts of Triq Aldo Moro, Triq Dicembru 13 and the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass, eliminating several accident black spots and improving travel times through these arterial roads.
Within a few months, this project will upgrade the 4-kilometre stretch of arterial roads linking the new infrastructure being developed as part of the Santa Lucija roundabout tunnels project and the Marsa Junction Project (Addolorata Cemetery area), to the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass Project at Santa Venera. It includes the redesign and rebuilding of Triq Aldo Moro’s roundabout junction at the Salib tal-Marsa area, the widening of parts of Triq Dicembru 13 and the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass and the development of several dedicated lanes to facilitate safer connections between these three arterial roads. The one-lane slip road linking the north-bound carriageway of Triq Dicembru 13 to the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass will be widened to accommodate two dedicated lanes. Similarly, the slip road linking the south-bound carriageway of this road to the same Bypass will be rebuilt to introduce a continuous lane, reducing the risk of collisions.
Besides eliminating a number of accident black spots to make these roads safer, these upgrades will also reduce travelling times and air pollution caused by vehicles queuing at slow junctions.
Drivers and other road users travelling in this area are encouraged to proceed with caution and to follow the temporarily reduced speed limits and diversions indicated by roadside signs. Transport Malta personnel are also on site to guide road users whilst works are in progress.
The Authority would like to thank the public for its cooperation in this ongoing investment to improve the quality of the Maltese road network.