Construction of the first Marsa Junction flyovers commences

Reference Number: PR190261, Press Release Issue Date: Feb 11, 2019
 

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg gave an update of the works in progress at the Marsa Junction Project.
He announced that Infrastructure Malta is currently laying the foundations of the first two of the seven flyover structures of the Marsa Junction Project, connecting Triq Giuseppe Garibaldi to Triq Aldo Moro.
The Minister said that the implementation of the third phase of this €70 million investment which will upgrade the principal road link to the southern parts of Malta is now in full swing. He described the project as the largest investment on any single artery in the Maltese road network and as a project that will forever transform the way in which our country looks at road infrastructure. He explained that the new multi-level intersection includes the highest, the longest and the widest flyover structures ever built in Malta. The tallest one will rise over four storeys to surpass a lower flyover beneath it, whilst the two longest ones, extending over 400 metres, will connect Triq Garibaldi and Vjal Santa Lucija to Triq Aldo Moro. The widest of the seven structures will include four vehicle lanes, which will fork into two different flyovers, each with two lanes.

 
 
 

Minister Borg explained that these flyovers and over 12 kilometres of new or reconstructed lanes, grade-separated at three different levels, will create direct northbound and southbound connections between Triq Aldo Moro, Vjal Sir Paul Boffa, Vjal Santa Lucija, Triq Giuseppe Garibaldi and Triq il-Marsa.
“This development will eliminate traffic lights waiting times, and related congestion emissions, for over 100,000 road users who travel through this junction every day. This is a project which has been long awaited by the thousands of residents and workers who everyday need to travel to and from the south, and who for years suffered from unbearable traffic congestion and poor air quality. Our country could never continue functioning with an infrastructure which is not coherent in relation to our times and in relation to the demands of our times. An appropriate infrastructure is essential for our country to continue progressing. Less time in traffic quantifies into economic gain for the individual, companies and Maltese and Gozitan families,” stated Minister Borg.
Contractors are excavating and casting the first clusters of over 460 concrete and steel piles required to support the seven flyovers’ 42 pillars. These columns will be supporting 350 horizontal beams, ranging from 25 metres to 35 metres long, to form the seven flyover structures that will replace the Marsa Junction’s old traffic lights system.

 
 
 

As soon as the piles of the first flyover structure are ready, Infrastructure Malta will cast the concrete platforms on which the flyover’s pillars will be constructed. The first two flyover structures will include 14 pillars. The contractors are also excavating and building over two kilometres of walk-through culverts for the laying of new high voltage electricity cables to reinforce the area’s existing electricity network. An additional 13.5 kilometres of water, sewage, storm water, electricity, internet and other telecommunications underground networks will also be installed beneath the new road surfaces as part of this phase of the project.

 
 
 

Borg explained that the third phase of the Marsa Junction Project will also introduce over 1.6 kilometres of new footpaths and cycle lanes in this area between Marsa and Paola. It also includes three pedestrian bridges, four new bus laybys, 0.6 kilometres bus lanes and a 380-space park and ride facility. The junction’s lanes and segregated footpaths will be illuminated by over 250 new street lamps. “So that in this way we can continue to implement projects which look at our country’s needs in a holistic way and which consider alternative means of transport,” said Minister Borg.

 
 
 

The project’s first phase started towards the end of 2017, with the demolition of two old factories to make way for the flyovers that are being constructed this year. The second phase, which was completed late last year, included the reconstruction of Triq il-Gvern Lokali, Triq Ġużé Gatt (the northern end of Triq il-Gvern Lokali) and the widening and rebuilding of Triq Aldo Moro to a ten-lane road. The new roads were reinforced with stabilising layers of geotextile and geogrid that reduce the impact of subsurface water infiltration and increase the structures’ lifetime by strengthening the road foundations.
The Marsa Junction Project is co-financed through the EU’s Cohesion Fund and Connecting Europe Facility.