Infrastructure Malta has announced a new diversion will be placed at the Ħal Luqa roundabout as from Monday 6 March.
In a Facebook post, the roads agency explained that as it continues to build the underpass and flyover planned for the area, part of Triq il-Kunsill tal-Ewropa Road from Ħal Qormi / Ħal Luqa to Marsa / Santa Luċija will be closed, and motorists will be diverted through Dun Ġużepp Micallef Street and Ġanni Vassallo Street in Ħal Luqa.
The agency urged motorists to use the alternative route through l-Ingiered Road (in the direction of Marsa Junction Project) when travelling from Ħal Qormi to Marsa or Santa Luċija.
The project concerning Luqa roundabout at the junction of three arterial roads – through which most traffic to and from the airport passes – was first announced in May 2020.
Back then, the roads agency had pledged to develop a new recreational open space instead of the roundabout, with pathways and pedestrian crossings providing easy access from the Luqa centre. According to the plans, the project would, however, require the takeover of around 2,000 square metres of undeveloped land to develop a new segregated cycling and pedestrian track.
In December 2022, Labour MEP Alfred Sant took to Facebook to express his discontent about the ongoing roadworks near the Malta International Airport and said it was “confusing and dangerous”.
The agency had issued a statement at the time limiting itself to stating that it “notices public statements” referring to what is formally named the Kirkop Tunnel and Airport Intersection Project – Infrastructure Malta said that the project is earmarked for completion by the end of April, and that it is “progressing as planned.”
It acknowledged that the project should likely already have been ready – it was originally set to be finalised in the fourth quarter of 2022 – stating that the project “suffered from implementation delays related to the pandemic, supply chain disruptions but also in view of redesign requirements in relation to archaeological remains found in this area.”
But it added that the project was now nearing completion with more than 80% of works now completed, and that most traffic routes will gradually start to be used as from January 2023.