Marsa-Hamrun bypass project enters last phase

The two-lane southbound carriageway between Mrieħel flyover and the Qormi-Marsa flyover will be temporarily shifted to the newly-constructed lanes 

Infrastructure Malta launched the final phases of the €5 million Marsa-Hamrun bypass upgrade on Monday morning, the roads agency said. 

Two new lanes are being opened to road users whilst the existing ones are temporarily closed to be rebuilt.

The two-lane southbound carriageway of this arterial road, between the Mrieħel flyover and the Qormi-Marsa flyover, will be temporarily shifted to the newly-constructed lanes. Infrastructure Malta’s contractors will start rebuilding the lanes of this carriageway as soon as it is cordoned off.

This part of the bypass will remain open in both directions, but road users are advised to follow the reduced speed limits and other temporary directions indicated by the roadside signs posted along the way. Works that cannot be carried out safely without closing off access to either of the two carriageways, including the laying of the topmost asphalt layers, will be scheduled at night to minimise difficulties to road users.  

During the next few weeks, the rebuilding of the southbound carriageway will include the construction of the new central strip, underground cabling for new street lighting poles, an underground stormwater system, new road foundations and the laying of a new asphalt surface. Infrastructure Malta will then start reconstructing the northbound carriageway of the road to complete the project.

The Marsa-Hamrun bypass project, which started earlier this year, includes the rebuilding of this four-lane, dual carriageway arterial road to add two lanes, one in each direction. One of the new lanes will eliminate the bottleneck at the southbound exit of the Santa Venera tunnels, where the existing two-lane carriageway narrows to one lane, causing major difficulties to road users travelling towards the southern part of Malta.

In the northbound carriageway, the new third lane will facilitate safer connections between Qormi and Mrieħel, as road users will no longer have to shift from one lane to another to travel from the Qormi slip road to the Mrieħel bypass.

The Marsa-Hamrun bypass project, which may be part-financed by the European Union’s Cohesion Fund, is scheduled to be completed in April 2019. However, Infrastructure Malta is working to open all six lanes of this bypass to road users by the end of this year.

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