Infrastructure Malta is issuing a call for offers for the rebuilding of Triq San Tumas and Triq Hal Qormi, to add 2.8 kilometres of new lanes and a cycle track along this arterial road link between Luqa and Qormi.
Triq San Tumas and Triq Hal Qormi include the arterial road corridor from the main Luqa roundabout (Vjal l-Avjazzjoni and Triq il-Kunsill tal-Ewropa) all the way to the St Vincent de Paule roundabout, between Luqa, Qormi and Hal Farrug. This roundabout connects Triq Hal Qormi to Triq L-Ingiered towards Marsa, and to Triq Hal Luqa, towards Qormi.
This new project includes the transformation of the existing two-lane single-carriageway road into a dual-carriageway four-lane thoroughfare. The northbound and southbound carriageways will be segregated by a central strip equipped with new crash barriers, LED street lighting and other safety equipment. Along these two new roads, Infrastructure Malta is also introducing new footpaths on each side, safer bus lay bys, landscaped areas and a one-kilometre, bi-directional cycle track. The new cycle track will connect to the new 650-metre cycle lane introduced last summer in Vjal l-Avjazzjoni, from Luqa towards the Airport roundabout at Gudja.
Through this investment, Infrastructure Malta is continuing to increase the capacity, sustainability and safety of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) in Malta, upgrading it to meet current and future land transport requirements. Along with the recent widening of Vjal l-Avjazzjoni, this Qormi-Luqa road link improvement will lead to further travel time reductions for road users going to and from several localities, including Zebbug, Qormi, Marsa, Paola, Luqa, Gudja, Kirkop, Safi, Zurrieq, Mqabba and Qrendi. Studies carried out earlier this month confirm that the addition of a third lane and roundabout bypass lane in Vjal l-Avjazzjoni led to a 73.3% travel time reduction from the Kirkop tunnels to Luqa during the morning rush hour.
As one of the main access routes to the Malta International Airport, the Hal Far Industrial Estate, the Malta Freeport and to other nearby business hubs, these roads are also an important connection for the local economy. This Qormi-Luqa project will provide increased efficiency to many industrial and commercial sectors that rely on these locations. It will also reduce the road network’s dependency on the other south-central route through Santa Venera and Marsa, which is also being upgraded through other investments, such as the seven new flyovers of the Marsa Junction Project and the new Santa Lucija roundabout tunnels.
Prospective bidders have until 19th November 2018 to submit their offers for the rebuilding of the Qormi-Luqa road link. Once the selection process is concluded, works on site are planned to start during the first quarter of 2019. The project will be completed later the same year.