Infrastructure Malta has completed the Santa Lucija Avenue Project. This is the arterial road connecting the Marsa Junction to the same underpass and roundabout, and has now been rebuilt with safer design and was widened to include a pedestrian and cycle path forming part of a safe network connecting Paola, Tarxien, Santa Luċija, Luqa, and Marsa.
During the weekend, the southbound two-lane carriageway of Santa Luċija Avenue will be opened, and in the coming weeks, the carriageway in the opposite direction will be opened too. Until the tunnels are complete, this connection will join 4 new ramps which will eventually connect Santa Luċija Avenue to Tal-Barrani through the roundabout that is being rebuilt.
The reconstruction of Santa Lucija Avenue included the laying of over 3.7 kilometres of underground distribution networks, such as water mains, sewers and Internet cable ducts.
Beneath the new path for cyclists and pedestrians, Infrastructure built two underground walk-through culverts accommodating 2.2 kilometres of 132kV high voltage electricity cables and spare capacity for further upgrades. This new underground tunnel network is 4.4 kilometres long, extending beneath other nearby roads all the way from Aldo Moro Road, Marsa to Tal-Barrani Road, in Tarxien.
Santa Lucija Avenue also includes a new stormwater system with 105 catchments and a 3.1-kilometer pipeline, channelling rainwater to nearby reservoirs and other related stormwater infrastructure. At night, the road is illuminated by a new lighting system with 110 light poles and over 3.7 kilometres of underground cables. It also has 3.2 kilometres of steel crash barriers for additional safety.
78% of the Marsa Junction Project is Ready
The construction of the structures of this project’s seven flyovers are in place. This project is reducing travel times and congestion pollution caused by the traffic lights system that controlled this junction until late last year, when the first three flyovers were opened. The other four flyover structures will be opened next month.
As part of the same project, the agency is also building new footpaths, park and ride areas, cycle lanes, landscaped areas and other facilities to create safer connections for bus passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. These new facilities are scheduled to be ready by the end of the year.
Infrastructure Malta has also completed 70% of the Santa Lucija Roundabout Underpass Project. It includes two cut-and-cover tunnels beneath the Santa Lucija roundabout, to directly connect Santa Lucija Avenue with Tal-Barrani Road. Above this underpass, contractors are rebuilding the old roundabout in a new design that facilitates safer and quicker access to the residents of Santa Lucija, Paola and Tarxien. This project will also be completed by end 2020.
The Marsa Junction Project is co-financed through the European Union’s Cohesion Fund and the Connecting Europe Facility. The Santa Lucija Roundabout Underpass Project is also part-financed by the Cohesion Fund.