Malta’s largest infrastructural project is nearing completion, with this providing relief to over 100,000 motorists that pass through the Addolorata area in Marsa every day.
The project, which costed around €70 million, has been ongoing for three years, and is set to be fully completed by the end of 2020, according to Infrastructure Malta.
Infrastructure Malta has claimed that once the project is fully completed, motorists will have their travelling time reduced from five minutes to just 60 seconds, a reduction of almost four-fifths.
This project links northbound and southbound directly through seven flyover structures across three different levels, reaching an overall footprint of around 12 kilometres.
When it comes to the environment, the project has led to the removal of 153 trees, with another 78 being relocated nearby, yet Infrastructure Malta is pledging to compensate for this action by planting 600 trees throughout Marsa, with another 270 in the new part of the Ta’ Qali National Park.
The flyover network takes up around 97,000 square metres of area, mainly being on the same part of the old road network, and also the industrial area that was nearby.
Works on the project started in November 2017, and since then, numerous flyovers have been open for traffic, with the rest set to be completed in the next few weeks.
According to Infrastructure Malta, pollution will also be reduced heavily, with particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions being cut down by 70% and 52% respectively over the next 25 years.
The two types of emissions are the two main causes of respiratory diseases.
Whilst the project is set to reduce fuel consumption, accident rates and increase labour force productivity and air quality improvements, there have been criticisms that the project will only encourage more people to use their private car instead of more environment-friendly transport.
Apart from the flyovers, there will also be two pedestrian bridges, an underpass, several cyclist lanes and also bus lanes, with there also being an area designated for park-and-ride services.