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ERDF 48: Upgrading of Arterial and Distribution Roads

Project Cost: €12,273,263
Beneficiary: Transport Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2010

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project involved the upgrading of the arterial and distributor road network to improve the quality and efficiency of the roads that have a strategic linking function to the TEN in Malta. The roads include M'Scala By-pass part of distributor road no.26 - total 3km, and Valletta Road - Zurrieq distributor Road No. 31 - total 1.7km. i.e. a total of 4.7km of roads upgraded.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Priority Axis: PA6 Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA6 Internal Mobility

Project Objectives

To upgrade the arterial and distributor road network to: 1. Ensure better access to commercial and industrial areas for the efficient transport of goods; 2. Ensure better access to employment areas such as industrial zones and tourist areas, etc.; 3. Ensure road safety for all users; 4. Improvement of the road side environment by introducing soft landscaping, constructing rubble walls, removing overhead cables, collecting surface water, etc.

Project Results

4.7 KM of non TEN-T upgraded roads. The road surface condition of upgraded roads will be brought to 1.0-1.50.

Project Purpose

The proposed works for the re-construction and upgrading of these distributor road is aimed to improve accessibility and competitiveness to the residential communities of Marsascala and Zurrieq/Safi, as well as commercial, industrial and tourism facilities operating from these localities. Marsascala By-pass and Valletta Road have been built in the early 1980 and 1970's respectively. These roads have high traffic volumes and safety problems due to the poor alignment of the single carriageway roads, numerous side roads and access combined. The poor condition of the road surface, poor signage and street furniture combined with the absence of pedestrian footpaths, pedestrian crossings and public transport facilities are all unattractive to the various categories of road users and encourages drivers to seek alternative routes through urban centres such as of Zabbar/Zejtun (in the case of Marsascala Bypass) and Kirkop/Qrendi (in the case of Zurrieq Road). The reconstruction of these roads will provide a high quality road infrastructure to all the categories of road transport to all the categories of road users (drivers, pedestrians, public transport users) commuting along these roads. The direct benefits of the communities served by these roads are: 1. Saving in the journey times, resulting in significant economic benefits to all road transport users due to reducing of travelling time along these roads; 2. Reduction in vehicle operating costs (VOC) to road users results in savings in the maintenance of vehicles. The highest savings will result to the operators in the transport of goods and of people; 3. Safety - the reduction in the number and severity of accidents along these roads over a design period of 30 years.