Infrastructure Malta is inviting local and international companies to submit offers for the rebuilding of over 120 of the residential roads being upgraded in 2019, as part of the Government’s commitment to improve the quality of residential roads in the coming years.
Several other residential roads that will also be rebuilt in 2019 are being included in similar calls that will be issued in the coming months. At the same time, Infrastructure Malta is collaborating with the Ministry for Gozo, currently entrusted with road development on the sister island, to support similar investments for the reconstruction of Gozitan roads as well.
A first for Malta, this call for tenders groups together the works required to upgrade the quality of many streets in different localities rather than engaging in a long-winded process of separate calls for each road that needs to be rebuilt. This new approach gives prospective bidders the ability to offer better quality materials and services at lower rates, maximising the return of this unprecedented investment to its ultimate beneficiaries, the residents of these streets.
Thousands of families living in over 25 kilometres of residential roads will be benefitting from improved road infrastructure through this initial investment. The contract works are divided into five batches, each including a number of residential roads. Prospective bidders may submit offers for any of these batches, or for all of them at once. However, to be eligible for the contract, bidders are being requested to confirm their technical capability to complete the works involved within the specified timeframes and at the established quality and safety industry standards. This will ensure that contracts are awarded to companies or consortia that can actually meet Infrastructure Malta’s deadlines, minimising the risk of delayed works and related inconveniences to residents.
After consulting local councils and other stakeholders, and after considering requests for assistance from many residents, Infrastructure Malta identified the list of roads included in this call for tenders based on an assessment of their current condition and other factors, such as their connection to other roads and areas within a locality, as well as frequency of use. The list includes the rebuilding of residential roads from every locality. Some of the roads included in this call for tenders have never been built before. This means that most of their infrastructure, including road foundations and pavements, will be constructed for the first time through this investment.
Prospective bidders may submit their offers for this contract by Monday 5th November, 2018. Infrastructure Malta will then launch the applicable evaluation process to select the winning bidders and be ready to start works in January 2019.
The reconstruction of these roads forms part of the Government’s long term plan to gradually upgrade the quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability of the Maltese road network through the commitment of a €700 million infrastructural investment in seven years.