Final phases of Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass connections project

Reference Number: PR201267, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 03, 2020
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg visited the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass project site together with the Infrastructure Malta management. Here, the agency is implementing the second phase of the project, following another investment which widened this central bypass from four to six lanes. This second phase is planned to improve connections leading to the same main road. The aim is to improve the connections of the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass with nearby localities, including Birkirkara, Santa Venera, Qormi, Ħamrun and Marsa.

Minister Ian Borg said, “Here, we will have invested over €7 million; work implemented in two phases because we believe in continuous revision and improvement. The phase which we are visiting today costs €2.25 million. Up to a few years ago, the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass was a centre of congestion whatever the day or time. Today, we have already become accustomed to more efficiency and better safety, and we are working further so that the main route from the North to the centre to the South continues improving. Here we are also making an environmental intervention, where we will have the first vertical garden in a main road against the wall to the southbound side. We will continue investing in a better quality of life for all Maltese and Gozitan people.”

As part of the works being carried out, Infrastructure Malta is rebuilding and reinforcing parts of the old wing wall structures of this road’s flyover and sections of the retaining wall of the Santa Venera Tunnels. Minister Ian Borg explained that these structures were built several decades ago and needed extensive repairs and reinforcements to avoid the risk of collapse or other public safety risks. All project works will be ready by the end of the year.