Infrastructure Malta opened the first two flyovers at the Marsa Junction project. The two new structures of the €70 million investment project, co-financed by the EU, were inaugurated by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Minister Ian Borg.
The seven Marsa Junction flyovers, which will eliminate the Addolorata traffic lights, together with over 12 kilometres of new lanes which will separately pass over each other in three different levels, will create direct connections both towards the North and to the South between arterial roads which are linked in this chain.
With a four-lane deck, the two new flyovers structures are the most wider one and the most highest one ever built in Malta. The two structures, which together cover a distance of some half a kilometre, will create a new direct route between Marsa and Ħal Luqa, towards the Airport and the Ħal Kirkop tunnels, instead of the existing traffic lights near the Addolorata cemetery. This flyover structure will be the highest one above over four storeys from the ground, while another flyover will pass underneath.
Until the third and fourth flyovers of the project are opened early next year, this two-lane connection will be used in the opposite direction towards the South, from Aldo Moro Street in Marsa to Giuseppe Garibaldi Street in Ħal Luqa.
In his inaugural speech of the new flyovers, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that today’s date was selected to inaugurate the first phase of the project, not only as a reward to the people on the eve of the 55th anniversary of Independence, but also because in a practical way schools will again open and traffic runs smoother from next week.
“When this project is ready, it will mean less traffic influx, less emissions and better quality of life”.
The Prime Minister made it clear in his speech that everyone will enjoy passing over the flyovers, while he warned that the place is still a construction site. He stated that the maximum speed will be 30 kilometres an hour and appealed for maximum responsibility in driving.
Dr Muscat spoke on the change in working practice on the project which continued from Monday till Sunday, even at night, to reduce the inconvenience. He therefore thanked the Maltese and foreign workers as the first part of this project is being opened.
”It was pretty obvious and read it in the media. There were comments at first when you were adjudicated with this project which verged on the racist I must say of which I am ashamed. I think the fact that we are here today, on schedule, a bit before schedule proves that the right decision was taken, proves that you are capable of doing work at European standard with value for money.”
Minister Ian Borg said that the opening of the first two flyovers of the biggest infrastructural project, the Government is showing a clear vision in the transport sector. He said that this is a historic day and the Government’s investment plan is being implemented because the economy has grown.
Infrastructure Malta will now temporarily close the lanes at the parking area of Addolorata, so that it will built the third and fourth flyovers, which are being constructed underneath the inaugurated two flyovers. These will link the route of the South from Aldo Moro Street towards Garibaldi Street. The first two flyovers will then be used in their correct route towards Valletta.