A road once dubbed ‘Malta’s biggest traffic bottleneck’ has been re-opened following a €4.4 million widening scheme.
Work on the Tal Balal Road, which connects San Gwann and Naxxar, also included improved lighting, street furniture and new safety barriers.
Thousands of motorists use the road every day, travelling from Burmarrad, Naxxar, Mosta, Iklin and Birkirkara to San Gwann, St Julian’s, Sliema and Valletta.
Malta’s transport minister Ian Borg said the 1.8km stretch had been upgraded to four lanes, with four new roundabouts installed to make commuting easier for drivers.
He told 89.7 Bay: ‘This road is used by around 2,100 cars every hour at peak times in the mornings and afternoons.
‘We’re expecting a reduction of 40 per cent in travelling time which means less frustration on the road, fewer emissions, and less dust in the air’.
Work on the project started last summer and included the construction of 2.5 kilometres of traditional Maltese rubble walls.
Proġett ieħor li qiegħed ibiddel lil pajjiżna għall-aħjar ???Dalgħodu żort il-proġett tal-Balal bejn in-#Naxxar u #SanĠwann li issa huwa lest. Indirizzajna l-problema tal-bottleneck u żidna l-kareġġjati. Għaddejna wkoll is-servizzi kollha neċessarji ??.Fuq kollox rajna kif nimmassimizzaw is-sigurtà tat-triq u naqqasna l-ħin ta' vjaġġar bi 3⃣0⃣%.#GettingThingsDone ✅
Publiée par Ian Borg sur Lundi 22 juillet 2019