A new road is currently emerging which, according to Infrastructure Malta, within four months’ time will be used by thousands of vehicles coming from Imrieħel towards Rabat or other localities in the northern part of Malta. The new road just outside Ħ’Attard represents the first phase of the Central Link project.
The new road will consist of two lanes and permits vehicles to continue driving without stopping at traffic lights in front of MFSA building and at the entrance outside Sant’Anton, which will end by the project.
“We hope this part will be ready by September where we will open a new road that links from MFSA for vehicles proceeding to the north of the country. They will do so by avoiding the centre of Ħ’Attard”, Infrastructure Malta chief executive Fredrick Assopardi said.
Parts of the new road will be at a lower level than nearby residential roads, which are also being rebuilt. “We separated the service road or the residential road of this road…..there is a cycle lane, pavements and even a tree verge”.
Essential services such as kilometres of pipes, drains, electricity cables and communication services will be laid by contractors’ workers, together with rainwater catchments. Almost three kilometres of walls were built at the sides of the road.
When this new road is completed, Infrastructure Malta will rebuild Triq iż-Żaghfran and Triq in-Nutar Zarb, which will have two lanes for vehicles proceeding from Wied Inċita to Imrieħel. They will avoid the road towards Ħ’Attard centre.
Contrary to the current layout, the road will consist of at least two lanes in each direction from the Imrieħel bypass till the roundabout before proceeding to Saqqajja hill. The Central Link project is a €55 million investment with Infrastructure Malta estimating it will be completely ready within another year.