Live cameras to follow the Marsa Junction Project works
The progress of the construction of the seven Marsa Junction Project flyovers can now be followed online through four new live cameras focusing on the ongoing works.
The 24/7 cameras were installed following numerous requests from the public, including engineering and architecture students and professionals, interested in closely following the complex operations involved in constructing this multi-level junction, the largest of its kind ever built in Malta. Whilst visiting the site is not normally possible due to safety reasons, these cameras are bringing the ongoing works closer to the project’s main stakeholders, including nearby residents and over 100,000 road users who travel through this junction every day.
This week, viewers can watch workers complete the final touches to the first two flyover structures, before they are opened this weekend. At the same time, other workers are lifting and setting in place the steel beams that will support the curved deck of this project’s third flyover structure.
The agency’s contractors cast the foundations and the concrete pillars of this third flyover earlier this summer. This structure will be connected to the fourth flyover of the project, also under construction, to form a new uninterrupted two-lane southbound route from Aldo Moro Road, Marsa to Giuseppe Garibaldi Road, on the way to Luqa and the Airport.
Until these third and fourth structures are ready early next year, road users will be able to travel through the same route by temporarily using the first two flyovers being opened this weekend in contraflow. These two interconnected flyovers are replacing the existing route through the Addolorata Cemetery traffic lights junction. When the project is completed, they will serve the northbound connection between Garibaldi Road and Aldo Moro Road. However, for the next few months, the two lanes over these flyover structures will be used in the opposite direction.
This arrangement allows Infrastructure Malta to close the lanes currently serving this route, in the Addolorata Cemetery car park area, and free up the required space to complete the construction of other flyover structures included in this project. These structures and the new lanes that Infrastructure Malta is developing as part of this project will create other uninterrupted connections between Aldo Moro Road and the rest of the roads merging at the Addolorata traffic lights junction, including Sir Paul Boffa Avenue (towards Corradino and Paola), Santa Lucija Avenue (Addolorata Hill) and Marsa Road (towards Qormi). These new connections will eliminate the Addolorata traffic lights.
Infrastructure Malta encourages road users travelling through this junction in the coming days to take note of the yellow direction signs guiding them to the new southbound route up the new flyovers. The 30 kilometres per hour reduced speed limit for safe driving through road works sites will continue to apply in all areas of the Marsa Junction Project, including the two new flyover structures.
The agency is collaborating with the Police and with Transport Malta to support road users during the implementation of this project. Traffic police and Transport Malta officers are stationed in the area to monitor the roads leading to the Addolorata junction and to take immediate action in case of difficulties. Drivers can also call Transport Malta’s support line 80073399 to request the emergency breakdown towing service available in this area.
The €70 million Marsa Junction Project includes the development of a new multi-level intersection to replace the Addolorata traffic lights system with 12 kilometres of uninterrupted lanes, grade-separated at three levels, creating direct northbound and southbound connections between the arterial roads merging at this network node. It is ending traffic lights waiting times along this principal route to southern Malta, whilst reducing congestion emissions in Marsa and other nearby localities. It also introduces new facilities for alternative modes of travel, such as footpaths and cycle paths, segregated pedestrian crossings, improved bus laybys, bus lanes, a park and ride area, new landscaped areas and other new infrastructure.
The Marsa Junction Project is co-financed through the EU’s Cohesion Fund and Connecting Europe Facility.