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Infrastructure Malta announces traffic management overhaul for Tal-Barrani link road

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Ritratt: Miguela Xuereb

Infrastructure Malta (IM) has announced a comprehensive plan to enhance traffic management on the Tal-Barrani link road, aiming to streamline the flow of vehicles and reduce congestion.

The agency intends to complete these works before the beginning of the next scholastic year. The project, initially announced by former Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia at the beginning of 2023, was slated to start in the latter half of last year but faced delays.

The planned changes include the introduction of a new lane for vehicles traveling from Tarxien onto Triq tal-Barrani towards Żejtun. This new lane will allow these vehicles to bypass traffic lights, facilitating a smoother flow of traffic. Additionally, access will be reinstated for vehicles traveling from Żejtun to Bulebel, a route that has been closed for some time. The existing route from Bulebel to Żejtun will remain unchanged.

Commuters driving from Żabbar to Valletta will now pass through Triq Ħal Tarxien and Triq tal-Ħotba before merging into Triq il-Barrani, requiring them to pass by St. James Hospital. Tal-Barrani Road is a crucial connecting route for the localities of Tarxien, Fgura, Żabbar, Żejtun, Għaxaq, and the Bulebel industrial estate, as well as an important link to Marsaxlokk and Birżebbuġa.

Addressing flooding issues

A section of Tal-Barrani Road is prone to flooding during rainfall despite the presence of a large reservoir nearby. While the announcement did not detail specific measures to address this issue, it remains a critical concern for ensuring the road’s usability year-round.

Infrastructure Malta has not yet announced the exact start date for the works. However, IM officials, including Project Manager Falzon, emphasised the urgency of completing the improvements before the new school year.

Falzon highlighted the problematic junction near the Multi Packaging area, where frequent minor accidents cause significant traffic congestion. The plan has been developed in collaboration with local councils and other stakeholders, incorporating various proposals to optimise the project.

Architect Raphael Abdilla outlined the planned traffic changes, explaining that vehicles exiting Tarxien towards Triq tal-Barrani, in the direction of Valletta and Birżebbuġa, will continue to use Triq il-Palma. He assured that the works would not require the closure of main roads. To minimise disruption, any necessary lane changes during construction will be conducted during off-peak hours, particularly at night, ensuring that main lanes remain accessible to traffic during the day.

Infrastructure Malta’s initiative to revamp the Tal-Barrani link road reflects a significant effort to improve traffic flow and safety for one of the island’s busiest thoroughfares. With careful planning and execution, IM aims to complete these essential upgrades with minimal inconvenience to the public, ultimately providing a more efficient and reliable route for commuters across multiple localities.

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