In the wake of reports on a number of local news sites that part of the Marsa flyover appears to have caved in, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg stepped in with an explanation.
Accompanied by photographs of a hole in the road, the reports pointed out that in less than a month, the first of seven flyovers being built at Marsa had caved in.
In a post on Facebook, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg explained this was not the case. Minister Borg pointed out that the hole which was shown in the reports was just an aperture opened up for another flyover to be erected at that point.
In fact, Minister Borg added that the topcoat was only a temporary asphalt layer, which has now been removed to provide space for extension joints which will be installed for the flyovers to serve for even longer periods. These extension joints cannot be installed until the third flyover is in place in the coming weeks, after which the final asphalt coating will be applied without any seams.
Minister Borg further explained that the asphalt being used is longer lasting and has never before been used on the island, and it is estimated the flyovers will last for one hundred years.
Minister Borg revealed in the same post on Facebook that over 450,000 vehicles are now avoiding getting stuck at the Addolorata traffic lights, as they are using the new flyovers which came into use in September. This whilst those using this route on a daily basis are making a joint saving some 11,000 hours stuck in traffic.