Infrastructure Malta is intensifying works so that the Santa Lucija project can be completed within the end of this year.
This project includes two cut-and-cover tunnels beneath the Santa Luċija roundabout, to directly connect Santa Luċija Avenue (Addolorata Hill) with Tal-Barrani Road. Above this underpass, the existing roundabout will be rebuilt with a new design that facilitates safer and quicker access to the residents of Santa Luċija, Paola and Tarxien.
The project also includes the redesign and reconstruction of a nearby jogging track, the upgrading of the Tal-Barrani Road pedestrian subway to make this accessible to cyclists and to persons with disability, as well as a new 1 km shared pedestrian and cycling path connecting Santa Luċija to Marsa.
Visiting the Project Site earlier today together with Minister Ian Borg, Prime Minister Robert Abela thanked all the workers involved in the project for giving their all despite the extraordinary times in which we are living. The Prime Minister said that these projects were making Malta futureproof while decreasing the inconvenience experienced by drivers, pedestrians and residents.
“This project is as important as that of the Marsa Junction because not only will it build on the Marsa Junction Project so that thousands of people that live or work in the South of Malta will be able to travel in less time and thus more serenely, but also because we have seen to the maximisation of the benefits that the Santa Luċija Tunnels project will bring. We have looked at the needs of the residents of the area and we are therefore improving access for those who walk, cycle and for persons with disability, along with the plans to improve an open space – the jogging track in Santa Luċija”, said Minister Ian Borg.
The excavation and formation of the 130-metre approach ramps to the tunnels on either side of the roundabout is nearing completion. Infrastructure Malta’s contractors are now excavating the final section of this connection, beneath the roundabout. Most of the retaining walls of the approach ramps are ready as well.
Infrastructure Malta is using 398 precast reinforced concrete panels to form these walls. The construction of the slip roads is in progress as well. In the coming months, the slip roads will be used as temporary diversion lanes while the final part of the tunnel structure is being built.
Infrastructure Malta is also replacing a major underground potable water distribution pipeline in the same area. It is laying several kilometres of underground cable ducts for internet, traffic management ICT systems and other telecommunication networks as well. New reservoirs and 2.7 kilometres of storm water pipes are also included in this project.