Dr Borg went on to explain in more detail this ambitious project, which will affect a junction that sees around 8,000 vehicles per hour on a daily basis. He said that the project will be divided into three different phases. This first phase, which was launched today, consists of the demolition of a number of structures which will no longer be used after this project is complete. The first building to be demolished is the BIM factory, and other buildings in the area will follow, to give rise to the foundations of this extensive projects in upcoming phases. The factories in question have been relocated, or are in the process of being relocated to Hal Far. During this phase, maximum possible usage will be made of the created space to widen carriageways and facilitate travelling in the area, even while works on the project are ongoing. In fact, part of the site which started being demolished today is being considered for use to improve lane efficiency in the area.
The Minister said that as a whole project, it will include the widening of a number of different points in this main artery, as well as the building of seven flyover structures, and will lead to the direction of traffic in seven different directions, with the complete elimination of traffic lights and a considerable reduction in time lost in traffic for all those who drive to or from the south of Malta. The new infrastructure of this junction will also include new and safer facilities for road users who make use of alternative means – cyclists, public transport users, and pedestrians.
The new plan will also add parking for over 350 vehicles with a park and ride system, to continue incentivising the modal shift necessary for the country. The Minister added that air pollution in the area will also go down considerably, and energy efficient lighting will also be used.
Dr Borg said that this project will not simply change Malta’s road network as we know it today; it will affect the lives of all those who live or work in the south of Malta. He concluded by expressing his appreciation towards all those who collaborated and worked with him so that this project could begin so early on. He expressed his confidence in the fact that this bodes well towards the efficiency he expects out of the rest of this project.