WATCH: Building of first flyovers on Marsa Junction Project at advanced stage
Although it is customary for many businesses and workers to enjoy a few days of rest during Santa Marija week, Infrastructure Malta still carried on with the building of the first flyovers for the Marsa Junction Project.
In fact, over the past days Infrastructure Malta started putting in place what will eventually be the longest seven beams of the Marsa Junction Project.
Whilst these beams are being put in place, another team of workers has already started working to prepare the concrete base. During the night between Santa Marija and Friday, project contractors used 277 tons of concrete to complete one of the largest parts of the base, about three storeys above ground level, at the point where the three flyovers converging from Aldo Moro Road, Garibaldi Road and Santa Luċija Avenue (Addolorata Hill) meet up.
For this work to be carried out safely, both for the workers and also for users of this main link in the southbound route, in the coming weeks and months there will be various changes to the temporary carriageways and traffic lights currently in use. The first change came into effect last week on the lanes from Marsa towards Santa Luċija, Ħal Luqa and the airport. Another minor change was put in place in recent days in the northbound lanes.
The first two flyovers which will be completed in the coming months are the ones which wil link up in a direct connection Giuseppe Garibaldi Road and Aldo Moro Road. The first structure, with concrete beams, leaves from Aldo Moro Road and will have four lanes. The second flyover, the one presently under construction with the use of rounded steel beams, links up two lanes of the first flyover with Garibaldi Road. Eventually the third flyover will also link up with the two other lanes, the first one to also link up Santa Lucija Avenue with Aldo Moro Road.
Preparations for the building of the other flyovers are also quite advanced. In fact, more than 20 columns of the 42 needed for this project have already been completed. Beneath the flyovers, Infrastructure Malta is installing over 15km of cables and drainpipes for distribution of electricity, water, drainage, internet and telecommunications services below ground. A system is also being installed for colletion of rainwater, as well as a system for watering, to be used for new areas of the project embellished with threes and shrubs.
The seven flyovers of the Marsa Junction Project and over 12km of new or re-built carriageways, criss-crossing separately over each other at three different levels, will provide direct connections both to the north and to the south between Aldo Moro Road, Sir Paul Boffa Avenue, Santa Lucija Avenue, Giuseppe Garibaldi Road and Marsa Road. This will eliminate the previous waiting time because of the traffic lights, as well as emissions causes by congestions, for more than 100,000 persons using this junction on a daily basis.
The Marsa Junction Project is co-financed by the Cohesion Fund and the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.