New tem­po­rary lanes and traf­fic lights at Marsa Junc­tion next week

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Next week, In­fra­struc­ture Malta will be mak­ing ma­jor mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the traf­fic lights at the Marsa Junc­tion and all the roads lead­ing to them, to al­low for the con­struc­tion of the first two of the seven fly­overs that form part of the Marsa Junc­tion Project.

The agency is cur­rently mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for the start of the third phase of this €70 mil­lion in­fras­truc­tural in­vest­ment. In the next few days, In­fra­struc­ture Malta will be clos­ing some of the ex­ist­ing lanes and open­ing tem­po­rary new ones. It will also switch off and move the ex­ist­ing traf­fic lights con­trol­ling the busiest junc­tion of the Mal­tese road net­work to make space for the pil­lars of the fly­overs. A road map show­ing the new tem­po­rary routes, which will re­main in place for sev­eral months, can be viewed on In­fra­struc­ture Malta’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels, in­clud­ing Face­book, In­sta­gram and Twit­ter. The main changes in the south­bound di­rec­tion (from Marsa to Paola) in­clude:

Marsa to Cor­radino

The south­ern sec­tion of the south­bound car­riage­way of Triq Aldo Moro (next to the for­mer Malta Ship­build­ing site) will be nar­rowed from four to two, which will lead to Vjal Sir Paul Boffa only, to­wards Cor­radino, Paola and the Three Cities.

Marsa to Santa Lu­cija, the air­port and Qormi

Two new tem­po­rary lanes open­ing up to four lanes, will con­nect the south­bound car­riage­way of Triq Aldo Moro to Vjal Santa Lu­cija (to­wards the Santa Lu­cija round­about and Triq tal-Bar­rani), Triq Garibaldi (to­wards Luqa, Gudja and the air­port) and Triq il-Gvern Lokali (Gov­ern­ment Print­ing Press) to­wards Triq ilMarsa (Turk­ish Ceme­tery) to ac­cess Qormi. These tem­po­rary lanes are be­ing built on the site of the two old fac­to­ries that were de­mol­ished as part of the first phase of the project.

New lanes to the air­port and Qormi

An ad­di­tional two tem­po­rary lanes are be­ing opened in the grounds of the park­ing area next to the Ad­do­lorata Ceme­tery to con­nect the north­bound and south­bound car­riage­ways of Vjal Santa Lu­cija with Triq Garibaldi (to­wards Luqa, Gudja and the air­port) and Triq il-Gvern Lokali (to­wards Triq il-Marsa, the Turk­ish Ceme­tery area and on to Qormi). Road users trav­el­ling south­bound from Triq Aldo Moro will need to head to­wards Vjal Santa Lu­cija and use these new tem­po­rary lanes to reach Triq Garibaldi or Triq il-Gvern Lokali.

In the north­bound di­rec­tion (from Cor- radino and Santa Lu­cija to­wards Marsa), road users will con­tinue us­ing the same lanes, but some changes will ap­ply:

New traf­fic lights

New tem­po­rary traf­fic lights will be erected in Vjal Santa Lu­cija’s north­bound car­riage­way, next to the en­trance to Ad­do­lorata Ceme­tery. They will re­place the ex­ist­ing ones at the Marsa Junc­tion cross­roads.

Santa Lu­cija, Cor­radino to Qormi:

Road users trav­el­ling from the south of Malta to­wards Qormi through Triq ilGvern Lokali (Gov­ern­ment Print­ing Press) and Triq il-Marsa (Turk­ish Ceme­tery area) will need to take the new tem­po­rary lanes in the park­ing area next to Ad­do­lorata Ceme­tery, by turn­ing left as soon as they drive through the new traf­fic lights in the same area.

In­fra­struc­ture Malta is plac­ing road­side signs and des­ti­na­tion road name mark­ings along the routes of the Marsa Junc­tion to help drivers be­come ac­cus­tomed to the new lane ar­range­ments.

By the end of next week, once this new traf­fic ar­range­ment is in place, In­fra­struc­ture Malta will cor­don off the area of the closed lanes and nearby sites to launch the third phase of the Marsa Junc­tion Project. This phase will com­mence with the ex­ca­va­tion and lay­ing of foun­da­tions for the pil­lars of the first two fly­overs. These in­clude two in­ter­con­nected bridges to link Triq Aldo Moro with Triq Garibaldi. Even­tu­ally, these struc­tures will also lead to a third fly­over in the di­rec­tion of Vjal Santa Lu­cija.

The first phase of the Marsa Junc­tion Project, in­clud­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the two old fac­to­ries to make way for the new road struc­tures, was com­pleted ear­lier this year. The re­con­struc­tion of Triq il-Gvern Lokali, Triq Guze Gatt (the north­ern end of Triq il-Gvern Lokali) and the widen­ing and re­build­ing of Triq Aldo Moro to a 10lane road formed part of the se­cond phase, com­pleted last month.

The Marsa Junc­tion Project in­cludes the con­struc­tion of new roads, a seven-fly­over multi-level in­ter­sec­tion, pedes­trian path­ways, bi­cy­cle lanes, park and ride fa­cil­i­ties, land­scaped ar­eas and other de­vel­op­ments to up­grade the busiest part of the Mal­tese road net­work. The project aims to dra­mat­i­cally re­duce trav­el­ling times and emis­sions due to con­ges­tion in the area by re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing com­plex traf­fic light sys­tem with 12 kilo­me­tres of new, un­in­ter­rupted lanes con­nect­ing the var­i­ous routes con­verg­ing at this junc­tion.

This project is co-fi­nanced by the EU’s Con­nect­ing Europe fa­cil­ity.

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