Infrastructure Malta is currently laying the foundations of the first two of the seven flyover structures of the Marsa Junction Project, connecting Triq Giuseppe Garibaldi to Triq Aldo Moro.
Contractors are excavating and casting the first clusters of over 460 concrete and steel piles required to support the seven flyovers’ 42 pillars.
These columns will be supporting 350 horizontal beams, ranging from 25 metres to 35 metres long, to form the seven flyover structures that will replace the Marsa Junction’s old traffic lights system.
As soon as the piles of the first flyover structure are ready, Infrastructure Malta will cast the concrete platforms on which the flyover’s pillars will be constructed.
The first two flyover structures will include 14 pillars. The contractors are also excavating and building over two kilometres of walk-through culverts for the laying of new high voltage electricity cables to reinforce the area’s existing electricity network.
An additional 13.5km of water, sewage, storm water, electricity, internet and other telecommunications underground networks will also be installed beneath the new road surfaces as part of this phase of the project.
Over 1.6 kilometres of new footpaths and cycle lanes will be introduced in this area between Marsa and Paola. It also includes three pedestrian bridges, four new bus laybys, 0.6km of bus lanes and a 380-space park and ride facility. The junction’s lanes and segregated footpaths will be illuminated by over 250 new street lamps.
The project’s first phase started towards the end of 2017, with the demolition of two old factories to make way for the flyovers that are being constructed this year. The second phase, which was completed late last year, included the reconstruction of Triq il-Gvern Lokali, Triq Ġużé Gatt (the northern end of Triq il-Gvern Lokali) and the widening and rebuilding of Triq Aldo Moro to a ten-lane road.
The Marsa Junction Project is co-financed through the EU’s Cohesion Fund and Connecting Europe Facility.