Joe Mizzi con­fi­dent Kap­para project will be fin­ished on time

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Gabriel Schem­bri

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.

Pho­tos: Jonathan Borg

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