Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ian Borg visited the ongoing maintenance works on the bridge between Qormi and Marsa last night, where Infrastructure Malta is changing the top layer of the bridge to give it adequate waterproofing protection and new layers of asphalt are being laid as part of an improvement project of arterial structures.
The extensive works being carried out on the bridge which was built in the 70s, began in 2017 and will be ready by the end of this year. This bridge passes through the Marsa-Ħamrun bypass, for around six metres over the roundabout which joins Santa Venera, Qormi and Marsa, near the Maltapost office. The bridge includes a 70 metre structure and rests on 40 columns.
In a statement, Minister Borg said that these are works on which strong infrastructure depends, and explained that today we are building in a different way – we are using technologies and specialized structures that are used on bridges. He added that the Government is however committed to maintaining and carrying out repairs on existent structures for the benefit of the Maltese people.
This week, Infrastructure Malta is implementing another phase of this project, as the top layer of the bridge was removed and a protective waterproof membrane over a stretch of 1,400 square metres was laid, through a delicate process which involves more than 25 employees. The double carriageway with four lanes has been divided into sections so that each one can be completed in one night without the need to keep the road closed until the following morning.
The maintenance of this bridge has been linked with the improvement works being carried out in the arterial roads between the centre and south of Malta which covers Triq Aldo Moro up to part of Triq Diċembru 13, the Marsa-Ħamrun bypass and the Santa Venera tunnels. This improvement is being carried out as part of a major project to re-build the main roads which started earlier this year.