The new street in Dingli which was the subject of much controversy among some people and NGOs, has just been completed.
Infrastructure Malta said it discussed the concerns by the local council and the residents with the authorities concerned and addressed them when building this road, which has been planned for years. Unexpectedly, because the project unearthed remains from medieval structures, nine months ago it was scheduled at the highest grade and is now waiting to see whether it will be restored.
A road and alley which did not used to be connected, which see a considerable amount of activity during the day because of the location of the local council, and where boys go to learn Christian doctrine, were joined at the back by forming a new road which leads to the others.
This week, Infrastructure Malta finished the works for the new road by resurfacing the already existing roads.
After the new foundations were built, new pavements and rubble walls were also built on the side which separate the road from the fields and carob trees. Infrastructure for Enemalta to install new lighting cables has also been put into place.
During a visit to the completed road, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg spoke with the residents and said that he is listening to everyone especial those who live in this part of the community which did not have adequate infrastructure. He said that in this case, an agreement was reached with residents many years ago in the local plans for better and more convenient access to be put into place for them, and for all those who use these roads.
“We followed local plans, we followed what was approved by Parliament back in 2006, and today we implemented it to the satisfaction of residents. I believe that we reached a compromise in the way the road was built and its appearance, to respect the environment and even to conserve the medieval structure so now I will leave it in the hands of the authorities to see what use can be made of it.”
Infrastructure Malta explained that the archaeology has been approved by the Supt of Cultural Heritage which is closely following the work near the abandoned antique building to ensure that the ruins are protected. After consultation, the part of the road close to this structure was covered by brown material which, while it can cope with the weight of the vehicles also resembles the colour of the rural pavements. By opening up this new road it is possible for residents to be reached in front of their doorstep by fire engines or in case of an emergency.