Infrastructure Malta installed the pedestrian bridge at the Fort St Angelo site
Infrastructure Malta is progressing to a new phase in the Fort St Angelo bridge project, located in Birgu. This phase includes the installation of the first of two new bridges, starting with a pedestrian bridge.
The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works, Chris Bonett, visited the project site. Accompanying him were Infrastructure Malta’s CEO Ivan Falzon and other officials from the entity.
Personnel from the entity explained that current focus is on installing a pedestrian bridge, designed for accessibility. This bridge is intended to provide a safe, separate walking path away from vehicular traffic. Following the completion of the pedestrian bridge, work on the vehicular bridge will begin, with the installation expected in the upcoming months.
As per drawings available at the National Archive, it is estimated that the existing bridge was built in the early 1900s. It was made of steel and later encased in concrete. Over time, the bridge has deteriorated due to heavy use, leading to structural weaknesses.
Recent assessments highlighted these deficiencies, necessitating temporary support measures. However, these were not a long-term solution, leading to the decision for a full replacement to ensure safety and continued use. Acknowledging the historical significance of the project site, Infrastructure Malta engaged with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage from the project's initiation, ensuring their consultation to establish the project objectives and detailed design, and oversight as the work progresses.