Joe Mizzi confident Kappara project will be finished on time
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure is confident that the Kappara junction project will be finished by the set deadline, end of year 2017.
Addressing a press conference on the latest progress on the works being carried out in Kappara, Minister Joe Mizzi said that the 40% of the total works involved are concluded. The works started in May 2016 and as Joe Mizzi explained, the project is aimed at addressing the bottleneck traffic which jams the north harbour region of the island and to put traffic away from residents residing in the area.
The project, which includes the construction of a fly-over, will cost €23 million. He said that another €3 million were spent on land reclamation and for traffic diversion.
Attending the press conference, EU Coordinator for TEN-T, Pat Cox explained that Malta’s request for funds was successful, both for the Kappara project and the one in Marsa. The EU will in fact fund €39 million for the works in Marsa and Addolorata area. Phase one of this project is already approved, Mr Cox said.
Pat Cox praised Malta for the long term vision with regards to traffic projects. Commenting on the EU Council Presidency which kicked off earlier this week, Cox said that Malta has an important opportunity. He said that the Presidencies are a manifestation that all states have equal status.
When asked about the Marsa project and the set timeframe, the Minister said that the project will start in end of 2017, after the completion of the Kappara project.
Commenting on the current traffic scenario, the Minister dismissed claims that this project was a drop in the ocean. “You know the number of cars that we have on the roads, I think you can understand the situation,” he said.