The first new road for the Central Link Project is set to be open by the end of September the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi announced during a visit on the site on Friday.
Minister Borg stated that this project is “an essential connection” which “will not only eliminate a number of problematic bottlenecks which cause congestion, but will also give a more efficient and safe design, a better aesthetic and more facilities for alternative means”.
He also added that the project will also be leading to “better air quality and a better quality of life for all residents living in village cores” which are connected to this vital road network, who will now also have “emptier roads when people start moving towards the main connection”.
He concluded by saying that Infrastructure Malta is fully “committed to continue investing in an efficient and safer road network of the highest quality for all road users”.
The Central Link Project was announced in May 2018, with over €55 million being invested.
During the announcement on Friday, Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that the project is being co-financed by the European Union, with around €11 million of the project being financed through these funds.
The Parliamentary Secretary added that such projects will help Malta reach emissions targets due to the massive reductions of emissions that emerged from such bottlenecks.
The statement from the government read that the road which is set to be opened “includes the building of a bypass separated from the residential roads through landscaping, a segregated cycling and pedestrian track between the two parts, as well as differences in road levels”.
The bypass is also set to have a two-lane carriageway that will go towards Ta’ Qali.
Underground services were put into place earlier on this year, and this week saw the start of the surfacing of several parts of the new road.