Project in Triq Għeriexem: Excavation begins to lay foundation for new road
The excavation has begun to build the foundations for Triq Għeriexem in Rabat . . . a secondary road which passes from near the Roman Villa and takes you to other areas in this locality such as country paths, and is used to reach other localities nearby such as Dingli and Mtarfa.
While on a visit to this project site, Minister Ian Borg said that Infrastructure Malta is doing everything it can to finish the excavation before winter while assuring the residents that all precautions have been taken to protect their safety.
112 columns have started being placed as part of the foundations for Triq Għeriexem which will serve as the base for the road which leads from the Roman Villa to Nigret and which was built on fragile clay. The €4 million investment will also include a new belvedere.
The architect for Infrastructure Malta responsible for the project, Corinne Dimech, said that the holes which are being dug for the columns are being done following a detailed study of the land to ensure that there are no archeological remains. She explained that with the use of columns, they can avoid having to take any of the fields located underneath the road.
“We will be creating a base for a new promenade which will obviously be formed as part of the works and which can be enjoyed by the general public. The same structure of piles underneath the promenade will be used to pass new culverts for services, because what exists now is very old and nothing was ever done about them because the road was in such a disastrous state.”
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg, said that the works began immediately as soon as the permits were issued because the road is in danger of collapsing, with parts of it being held together by the roots of trees.
“We stepped in to intervene on an emergency basis, because our fears that the street will collapse as happened in Saqqajja, are real and very possible,” said Minister Borg.
He added that all measures wil be taken to ensure that the homes of all residents in this road will be protected. “Residents are being consulted, I informed the architects that they should go to their homes, and I made it clear that the entities need to take all necessary precautions, including finding the residents alternative sites to live in, if necessary. We definitely cannot allow people to live in the danger they are living in now.”
The columns will be placed in the holes which are five storeys deep and 60 kms wide. The plan is for this phase of the work to be completed before winter.