Marsa junc­tion project starts

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Re­becca Iversen

Works on the €70 mil­lion Marsa junc­tion project have started with the de­mo­li­tion of fac­to­ries in the area. The project, which will see the con­struc­tion of some seven fly­overs, aims to ease ve­hi­cle flow in Malta’s most no­to­ri­ous traf­fic jam spot. Photo: Baskal Mal­lia.

Work has of­fi­cially started on the Marsa road net­work – a project which will cost ap­prox­i­mately €70 mil­lion.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Ian Borg was on site yes­ter­day morn­ing, where the de­mo­li­tion of part of the Marsa in­dus­trial es­tate started. The old fac­to­ries, in­clud­ing BIM Ltd and As­tra Cast, which have been re­lo­cated to Ħal Far, will make way for an up­graded road net­work which will serve to ease the traf­fic flow in one of the ar­eas most no­to­ri­ous for traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“The BIM fac­tory will be knocked down com­pletely within three weeks’ time, while the sec­ond fac­tory, As­tra Cast, will be de­mol­ished by the end of Jan­uary,” Borg said.

The min­is­ter said that the de­mo­li­tion ex­er­cise tak­ing place will be con­tained to a lim­ited area and will not be af­fect­ing road users.

The project was ear­marked to start in 2018 but this was an­tic­i­pated by two months. “The first ten­der for the de­mo­li­tion of th­ese fac­to­ries, taken by RM con­struc­tion Ltd, was com­pleted, so we are able to start the work now,” Borg stated. It is ex­pected that the project will be ready in three years’s time.

€40 mil­lion of the costs will be borne by the Euro­pean Union.

“Any work on roads will start ap­prox­i­mately in March,” Borg said, adding that the pub­lic will be fully no­ti­fied of any changes in the traf­fic sys­tem closer to the time.

The sec­ond ten­der, which is still be­ing eval­u­ated, is for the widen­ing and re­con­struc­tion of Aldo Moro road, which as con­firmed above won’t be worked on till ap­prox­i­mately March 2018. Both Mal­tese and for­eign con­trac­tors have of­fered to take on the sec­ond ten­der.

The third ten­der for the ac­tual con­struc­tion of the fly­overs and ring roads is still open, with the clos­ing date set for the end of Jan­uary 2018. The junc­tion project will con­sist of three bridges that may be used by pedes­tri­ans to­gether with an un­der­ground pas­sage­way. It also in­cludes a park-and-ride with a ca­pac­ity of 290 cars.

The five traf­fic light sys­tems in the area will be re­moved, and traf­fic will flow bet­ter, Borg added.

The con­struc­tion of fly­overs and ring roads will also lead to the re­moval of sev­eral trees in the area. How­ever, Borg con­firmed that 400 new trees will be planted, while oth­ers that can be saved will be re­planted else­where.

“We want to re­peat the suc­cess of the Kap­para project, but this is big­ger, bring­ing on big­ger chal­lenges,” the min­is­ter stated, adding that the Kap­para project was in its fi­nal stages and will be com­pleted by the end of the year.

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