Żebbug roundabouts upgrade completed
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.