Infrastructure Malta is completing the temporary lanes and traffic lights required to start the third phase of the Marsa Junction Project, to open them to road users on Thursday morning.
Some of the roads converging at the Marsa Junction will be closed for one night on Wednesday (12th December) at 1900hrs, so that they can be modified to accommodate the new temporary lanes and traffic lights being prepared this week. Road users travelling to and from Triq Aldo Moro will be diverted to a number of alternative routes in the same area. Once the final works are completed during the night, on Thursday morning the new temporary lanes and traffic lights of the Marsa Junction will be opened to road users as announced last week. The temporary routes will remain in place for several months, whilst the first of the project’s seven flyover structures are being built.
Roadside diversion signs will be posted along the routes affected by Wednesday night’s diversions. Infrastructure Malta, Police and Transport Malta officials will be stationed in the area to guide road users in difficulty.
Whilst Wednesday’s overnight works are in progress, road users travelling south (from Valletta and the Marsa-Hamrun Bypass) through Triq Aldo Moro will be diverted to Vjal Sir Paul Boffa, towards Corradino and Paola. There will be no direct access to Luqa, Gudja, the Airport or other localities in the same direction from the southbound carriageway of Triq Aldo Moro. Road users travelling to these destinations, including the Airport, are advised to use alternative routes through Qormi and Luqa, or through the centre of Paola towards the Santa Lucija roundabout. A diversion route from the northbound carriageway of Vjal Sir Paul Boffa to Vjal Santa Lucija will also be available.
In the opposite direction, from Paola to Valletta, there will be no access from Vjal Sir Paul Boffa to Triq Aldo Moro. Instead, road users will be diverted to Vjal Santa Lucija’s southbound carriageway, the Santa Lucija roundabout and on to Luqa and Qormi. On Wednesday night, the connection between the northbound carriageway of Vjal Santa Lucija and Triq Aldo Moro will be closed as well. The two roads will be linked through the two new temporary lanes being prepared in the lower Addolorata Cemetery area, and Triq il-Gvern Lokali (Government Printing Press). To provide another alternative south-central route, during the same night the road through the Dock 7 area(connecting the Corradino roundabout to Marsa and Valletta), will be open in the northbound direction. Wednesday night’s works will complete the setting up of the temporary lanes and traffic lights required to close parts of the Marsa Junction area and switch off its main traffic lights system. This modification will clear space for the first works of the third phase of the Marsa Junction Project.
This phase includes the construction of a seven flyover intersection to eliminate traffic lights waiting times and improve the safety and efficiency of the busiest junction of the Maltese road network.
A road map showing the new temporary routes being introduced on Thursday morning, and other details about this development, are available on Infrastructure Malta’s social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Marsa Junction Project includes the construction of new roads, a seven-flyover multilevel intersection, pedestrian pathways, bicycle lanes, park and ride facilities, landscaped areas and other developments to upgrade this important node of the Maltese transport network. The project aims to drastically reduce travelling times and congestion emissions in this area by replacing the existing complex traffic lights system with 12 kilometres of new uninterrupted lanes connecting the different routes converging at this junction.
This project is co-financed through the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility.
Temporary lanes being introduced on Thursday morning,as announced on Saturday
The new routes being opened on Thursday include the following changes in the southbound direction:
- Marsa to Corradino: The southern section of the southbound carriageway of Triq Aldo Moro (next to the former Malta Shipbuilding site) will be narrowed from four to two lanes, which will lead to Vjal Sir Paul Boffa only, towards Corradino, Paola and the Three Cities.
- Marsa to Santa Lucija,Airport, Qormi: Two new temporary lanes opening up to four lanes will connect the southbound carriageway of Triq Aldo Moro to Vjal Santa Lucija (towards the Santa Lucija roundabout and Triq tal-Barrani), Triq Garibaldi (towards Luqa, Gudja and the Airport) and Triq il-Gvern Lokali (Government Printing Press)towards Triq il-Marsa (Turkish Cemetery) to get to Qormi. These temporary lanes are being built within the site of the two old factories demolished as part of the first phase of the project.
New lanes to Airport, Qormi: Another two temporary lanes are being set up within the grounds of the parking area next to the Addolorata Cemetery, to connect the northbound and southbound carriageways of Vjal Santa Lucija with Triq Garibaldi (towards Luqa, Gudja and the Airport) and Triq il-Gvern Lokali (towards Triq il-Marsa, the Turkish Cemetery area and on to Qormi). Road users travelling southbound from Triq Aldo Moro will need to head towards Vjal Santa Lucija and use these new temporary lanes to get to Triq Garibaldi or Triq il-Gvern Lokali.
In the northbound direction (from Corradino and Santa Lucija towards Marsa), road users will continue using the same lanes, but some changes will apply:
- New traffic lights: New temporary traffic lights are being set up in Vjal Santa Lucija’s northbound carriageway, next tothe entrance of the Addolorata Cemetery. They will replace the existing ones at the Marsa Junction crossroads.
- Santa Lucija,Corradino to Qormi: Road users travelling from the south of Malta towards Qormi through Triq il-Gvern Lokali (Government Printing Press) and Triq il-Marsa(Turkish Cemetery area) will need to take the new temporary lanes within the parking area next to the Addolorata Cemetery, by turning left as soon as they drive through the new traffic lights in the same area.
Infrastructure Malta is placing roadside signs and destination name road markings along the routes of the Marsa Junction to help road users get used to the new lane arrangements.