Infrastructure Malta is currently giving some much-needed TLC to the Grand Harbour Breakwater with an investment of €1 Million.
The structure, divided into a 370-metre long part and a 120-metre part, was built in 1910, and throughout 110 years, the elements dislodged several stone blocks, which creates the risk of further erosion and irreparable damages.
Last summer, Infrastructure Malta started replacing the missing elements together with other maintenance and restoration works on this important coastal infrastructure.
Among works on the Grand Harbour Breakwater, a team of divers and other workers collected original stone blocks that had fallen into the surrounding water over the years.
This material was cleaned and inspected and what could be reused was put back in place along the breakwater’s edge while similar stones were imported from a quarry in Trani, Puglia to replace what was broken. Repairs are also ongoing on the deck slabs together with cleaning of tar stains and other materials.
Works also include maintenance on the bridge connecting the St Elmo side of the breakwater to Valletta. This bridge was included in 1910 but was destroyed by Italian vessels during World War II.
Eight years ago, a similar bridge was built in the same place and repairs and fresh paint are currently ongoing on the metal structure together with the replacement of damaged parts of the wooden deck. New handrails will be installed as well as a better lighting system with new connections.
Weather permitting, all works on this project are to be completed by the end of the year.