The northbound carriageway of the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass, from the Marsa-Qormi flyover bridge to the Mriehel Bypass slip road and the Santa Venera tunnels, will be closed all day on Saturday 20th October, for asphalt laying works as part of this road’s €5 million upgrade.
Weather permitting, all lanes of this carriageway will be closed early on Saturday morning, at 0200hrs, to lay the first of the two topmost layers of this new road, using 1,020 tonnes of asphalt to cover a 5,100 metres squared area. The road will be fully re-opened in the evening of the same day.
Road users are encouraged to use alternative routes through Marsa and Msida (Triq Dicembru 13), or from Luqa and Qormi, when travelling from the south towards the central and northern parts of the island. The two-lane slip road linking Triq Dicembru 13’s northbound carriageway to the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass will be closed as well and road users travelling in this direction will be diverted towards Msida and Valletta.
Police and Transport Malta traffic management officers will be stationed in the area, and along all alternative routes, to guide road users in difficulty. Transport Malta’s emergency vehicle breakdown towing service will be available at all times in this area as well. Road users can call the emergency support line 8007 3399 to request this assistance.
The same carriageway will be closed again on Monday evening (22nd October), between 1900hrs and 0500hrs of the following morning, to apply the topmost asphalt layer. These upcoming works were originally scheduled to take place last Saturday, but had to be postponed due to bad weather.
Through a €5 million project launched earlier this year, the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass was widened to a six-lane road to improve the safety and efficiency of the junctions and slip roads connected to it, eliminating several bottlenecks that caused delays to road users travelling along this south-central route. This investment is reducing the road’s travelling times by 42%, whilst improving the area’s air quality by decreasing congestion emissions.
The Marsa-Hamrun Bypass project, which may be part-financed by the European Union’s Cohesion Fund, is scheduled to be completed in April 2019. However, the new and rebuilt lanes of this road were made available to road users last September. Infrastructure Malta is planning to complete the final works of the project in the coming weeks, several months ahead of schedule.
The upgrading and widening of the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass also forms part of the €17 million road upgrades implemented by Infrastructure Malta in summer 2018, taking advantage of the seasonal drop in road use to improve the capacity, efficiency and safety of some of the country’s busiest routes.
Between July and September, the newly-formed agency optimised the resources allocated for the planning and implementation of new and ongoing infrastructural projects, including the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass project, to push forward the introduction of several improvements. As a result, by the end of September, road users started benefitting from 17.4 kilometres of new or rebuilt lanes and 18 upgraded junctions with added road safety measures, reduced travel times and improved air quality.