Works on the junction connecting Triq tal-Barrani to Triq Ħal Tarxien, the main entrance to Gudja and Għaxaq, have been completed. This is part of the work of the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, which is carrying out a variety of road infrastructural projects to reduce journey time, among other objectives.
In the past few months, Transport Malta’s architects prepared new designs for this junction in order to ease the difficulties it presents to those who travel through this arterial road to and from the south of Malta. The new design includes two new bypass lanes which were built in June and opened for vehicles in the last few days. The first one, which is on the side of Triq tal-Barrani, allows drivers coming from the Bir id-Deheb direction to turn towards Gudja more quickly and without waiting for vehicles which are idle at the traffic lights in the direction of Santa Luċija. The second bypass lane allows those coming from Triq Ħal Tarxien, from Gudja or Għaxaq, to turn towards Triq tal-Barrani in the direction of Santa Luċija without getting jammed behind those waiting at the traffic lights to turn into the direction of Bir id-Deheb. Transport Malta has also improved existing lane design at this junction to improve safety, and improvements in the programming and coordination of traffic lights are also underway to reduce waiting time in all directions.
Roadworks are being done along the same lines of the work carried out last summer, when the Ministry implemented around 25 projects improving roads, roundabouts and other main junctions towards increased efficiency and safety with less risks and less delays.
This week, Parliament approved the law which will see to the setting up of Infrastructure Malta in a few weeks, the agency which will be responsible for road improvement investments to improve efficiency, as is being done in Triq tal-Barrani, while implementing the government’s commitment to take a great leap forward in the quality of all roads in Malta and Gozo in the years to come, with a total investment that exceeds €700 million.
Infrastructure Malta will launch several works with new procedures and standards for improved efficiency and quality in the rebuilding and maintenance works on roads and surrounding infrastructure. These procedures will not only be put to work in large projects such as the Marsa Junction Projects, the new Santa Luċija Tunnels and the Central Link Project between Mrieħel, Birkirkara, Attard, Balzan, Żebbuġ, Rabat and Mosta. They will also be used to simplify the rebuilding of residential roads, especially those in a bad state or which have never seen a layer of asphalt. This work will translate into improved safety, more efficiency and a better quality of life for all citizens and residents of Malta and Gozo.