The first images showing how Malta’s road tunnels will look after a massive €10 million facelift have been revealed.
More than 50,000 cars use the tunnels at Sta Venera, Tal-Qroqq, Kirkop and Ta’ Giorni every day.
Malta’s transport minister Ian Borg said the work would ultimately make the tunnels safer for motorists.
Dr Borg told 89.7 Bay: ‘Besides the €700 million invested in residential roads over seven years, the government is committed to go through with the embellishment and maintenance of these four major tunnels.
‘We’re determined to improve Malta’s infrastructure in every possible way and to the highest standards.
‘To do this properly, we need to think ahead and plan for the long-term.
‘Infrastructure isn’t just about building roads. We’re looking at the entire transport network and this also includes the road tunnels.’
The work will include repairs, cleaning and the installation of modern lighting as well as fire alarms, CCTV and air quality monitoring equipment.
A CCTV control room will also be set up to monitor traffic in the tunnels in case of breakdowns.
The oldest of the tunnels are the ones at Ta’ Giorni near St Julian’s, which form part of Regional Road. They were built 52 years ago.
The most recent are the ones at Tal-Qroqq near the University of Malta, dating back to 1996.
The minister said work would start later this year once the contracts are awarded.
He added that much of the work would be carried out at night to avoid causing unnecessary traffic delays.
?️ WATCH: Our upcoming €10m road tunnels upgrade is more than just a facelift. We are introducing improved lighting, fire safety and emergency systems, and a CCTV monitoring technology that automatically detects accidents or other difficulties, to provide immediate assistance and warn other road users nearby. #UpgradingYourRoadNetwork?️ ARA L-FILMAT: L-investiment ta’ €10 miljuni biex intejbu l-mini ewlenin fit-toroq Maltin m’huwiex biss tiswija u tisbiħ tal-istrutturi. Se ndaħħlu dwal aktar effettivi, sistemi ta’ ħarsien u sigurtà f’każ ta’ nirien jew emerġenzi oħra u cameras li awtomatikament jindunaw b’aċċidenti jew diffikultajiet oħra, biex tingħata għajnuna malajr filwaqt li jiġu avżati persuni oħra li jkunu qed jivvjaġġaw fl-inħawi. #ToroqAħjarGħalik
Publiée par Infrastructure Malta sur Mardi 5 février 2019