Traffic congestion around Bir id-Deheb: works due for completion by Monday morning
Over the last few days a number of drivers have posted complaints on social media after being caught in heavy traffic congestion on main roads around Birżebbuġa, Għaxaq and Żejtun, leading to the area known as Bir id-Deheb.
Congestion resulted from the Bir id-Deheb roundabout that connects the three localities and other roads leading to arterial roads in the tal-Barrani area, where extensive repair roadworks are taking place.
This situation was further frustrated because a number of alternative roads are currently closed for works, such as Triq iċ-Ċawsli in Żejtun and Trejqet Santu Kristu in Għaxaq, among others.
When asked by TVM, Infrastructure Malta explained that works at Bir id-Deheb are intentioned to strengthen the foundations with layers of concrete before new asphalt resurfacing takes place. It said that roads among this crossroads remained open because of deviations in other roads in the roundabout’s vicinity and in order to decrease inconvenience to drivers, a lot of the work was undertaken at night.
So far the surface area around the roundabout has been dug up to expose the past foundations. This was removed and replaced by strong layers of contrite. While this was taking place trenches were dug for new electric cables.
Infrastructure Malta said final works are due to be completed over this weekend so the roundabout will be opened early on Monday morning. However due to inclement weather condition the asphalt resurfacing may have to be carried out later in the week.
Works on the roundabout are part of the project Dawret Ħal Għaxaq; that is the main routes between Tarxien, Żejtun, Għaxaq and l-Gudja. Infrastructure Malta is changing underground water services and arranging pavements as well as concrete foundations and new asphalt layers, works that are also taking place at the roundabout.
Infrastructure Malta ended by saying that works in these areas are being coordinated with other works, including the reconstruction of a residential road and Triq l-Aħħar Ħbit mit-Torok, known also as “taċ-Ċawsli”, so that these remain open as much as possible until works at Bir id-Deheb and Dawret Ħal Għaxaq are completed.