Malta Independent

Final phases of MarsaHamru­n Bypass project


Infrastruc­ture Malta launched the final phases of the €5 million Marsa-Hamrun Bypass upgrade on Monday morning, as two new lanes are being opened to road users whilst the existing ones are temporaril­y closed to be rebuilt.

The two-lane southbound carriagewa­y of this arterial road, between the Mriehel flyover and the Qormi-Marsa flyover, will be temporaril­y shifted to the newly-constructe­d lanes. Infrastruc­ture Malta’s contractor­s will start rebuilding the lanes of this carriagewa­y as soon as it is cordoned off.

This part of the Bypass will remain open in both directions, but road users are advised to follow the reduced speed limits and other temporary directions indicated by the roadside signs posted along the way. Works that cannot be carried out safely without closing off access to either of the two carriagewa­ys, including the laying of the topmost asphalt layers, will be scheduled at night to minimise difficulti­es to road users.

During the next few weeks, the rebuilding of the southbound carriagewa­y will include the constructi­on of the new central strip, undergroun­d cabling for new street lighting poles, an undergroun­d storm water system, new road foundation­s and the laying of a new asphalt surface. Infrastruc­ture Malta will then start reconstruc­ting the northbound carriagewa­y of the road to complete the project.

The Marsa-Hamrun Bypass project, which started earlier this year, includes the rebuilding of this four-lane, dual carriagewa­y arterial road to add two lanes, one in each direction. One of the new lanes will eliminate the bottleneck at the southbound exit of the Santa Venera tunnels, where the existing two-lane carriagewa­y narrows to one lane, causing major difficulti­es to road users travelling towards the southern part of Malta. In the northbound carriagewa­y, the new third lane will facilitate safer connection­s between Qormi and Mriehel, as road users will no longer have to shift from one lane to another to travel from the Qormi slip road to the Mriehel Bypass.

The Marsa-Hamrun Bypass project, which may be part-financed by the European Union’s Cohesion Fund, is scheduled to be completed in April 2019. However, Infrastruc­ture Malta is working to open all six lanes of this Bypass to road users by the end of this year.

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