Żeb­bug round­abouts up­grade com­pleted

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

In­fra­struc­ture Malta last night started lay­ing the fi­nal road sur­face of the two main round­abouts at Żeb­bug, to com­plete the up­grad­ing of these junc­tions as part of a project launched ear­lier this sum­mer.

The De Ro­han Gate round­about and the round­about next to the St Dorothy’s School were re­built in a new de­sign, to im­prove the safety and ef­fi­ciency of these junc­tions, the agency said yes­ter­day.

The De Ro­han Gate round­about was up­graded with ded­i­cated by­pass lanes to re­duce wait­ing times. The new de­sign will also make it eas­ier for Żeb­bug res­i­dents to en­ter or exit the lo­cal­ity through its main road, Vjal il-Helsien, which links to this junc­tion as well. The sec­ond round­about, next to the St Dorothy’s School, link­ing Ra­bat and At­tard to Żeb­bug, is also be­ing up­graded with in­creased ap­proach lanes and an im­proved round­about de­sign.

The re­moval of the round­about lanes’ ex­ist­ing sur­face and the lay­ing of new as­phalt lay­ers was car­ried out last night, to min­imise in­con­ve­niences to road users and to the area’s res­i­dents, work­ers and busi­nesses.

Dif­fer­ent parts of the round­abouts and the ap­proach lanes to­wards them will be tem­po­rar­ily closed to be resur­faced over the next few days. Traf­fic man­age­ment of­fi­cers will be on site to guide road users to al­ter­na­tive routes.

All lanes will be open dur­ing the day, from 6am on­wards. How­ever, road users are ad­vised to fol­low the re­duced speed lim­its and other tem­po­rary di­rec­tions in­di­cated by the road­side signs posted along this route.

As part of this project, Md­ina Road (Żeb­bug), the ar­te­rial road link­ing the two round­abouts, will be widened to in­clude a new sec­ond south­bound lane. At the same time, one of road’s lanes and the ser­vice road ad­ja­cent to it will be con­verted to shared, bi­cy­cle-pri­or­ity lanes with ap­pro­pri­ate mark­ings (shar­rows) and sig­nage.

In­fra­struc­ture Malta said the project “will con­tinue to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency and safety of the ar­te­rial road cor­ri­dor from the Mosta, At­tard and Ra­bat area to­wards Żeb­bug, Qormi, Santa Ven­era, Val­letta and Marsa.”

Sim­i­lar projects were car­ried out on the two main round­abouts in Qormi, whilst Triq Man­wel Dimech, which links these two junc­tions, was widened to four lanes. Through this up­grade, trav­el­ling times along this route were re­duced by 30%, the agency claimed.

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