Marsascala bypass project nearing completion, promoting alternative modes of transport

Final works are underway by Infrastructure Malta (IM) to reconstruct Wied il-Għajn Road and Żabbar Road, which connect the localities of Marsascala and Żabbar. This was announced by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia, and Infrastructure Malta CEO Ivan Falzon, during an onsite visit.

Through an investment of €3.6 million, this project consists of the rebuilding of both carriageways in a better and safer design for road users. The agency also introduced new sidewalks and bicycle lanes which are separated from the road to enhance safety, and better-designed bus stops.

The new one-kilometre-long segregated pedestrian and bicycle lane run in both directions and encourage safe alternative modes of transportation between the two communities.

The project includes 1.4 kilometres of telecommunications works, the installation of 400 metres of water and sewer infrastructure, the creation of 1.4 kilometres of new pavements, and one kilometre of new streetlights. Dangling cables between roadside poles were eliminated. IM also installed a number of gutters.

Minister Aaron Farrugia explained that these type of road works go above and beyond the agreement that the agency has with the local councils, since that particular agreement focuses only on residential roads. He emphasised the importance of providing main roads with the necessary infrastructure due to the significant volume of vehicles every day.

“We are committed to keep on investing to create infrastructure that is able to withstand modern challenges. This road is a clear example of how, through careful planning, we can create infrastructure which caters for all road users, irrespective of their mode of transport,” concluded Minister Farrugia.

Members of the Żabbar and Marsascala local councils were also present during the visit.