Infrastructure Malta has unveiled plans for the new Swieqi – St. Julian’s Junction, which it said is a pivotal initiative aimed at enhancing accessibility and traffic management in the area.
The project, set to upgrade the current traffic light junction into a grade-separated junction, addresses longstanding accessibility issues for residents and commuters traveling to and from Swieqi and St. Julian’s.
In a recent technical media briefing, officials provided insights into the proposed upgrades for the Swieqi – St. Julian’s area, marking it as part of the ongoing enhancements to the TEN-T arterial road network. The project’s objectives include facilitating smoother traffic flow, improving safety measures, and promoting active mobility within the communities.
The focal point of the project lies along Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli and its surrounding vicinity, extending from the junction with Triq Normandy to Triq il-Marbat in Swieqi. Key enhancements encompass better management of traffic flow and turning movements into Swieqi and St. Julian’s, thereby optimizing entry and exit points for motorists.
For pedestrians and active mobility users, the project introduces new footpaths and an enhanced pedestrian link, replacing the current vehicle underpass between Triq is-Swieqi and Triq Santu Wistin. These improvements aim to create safer and more accessible pathways for pedestrians.
Traffic modifications include the addition of a new slip road from the Northbound carriageway of Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli to Swieqi and St. Julian’s, providing a separate route to streamline traffic flow and minimize conflicts with the main route.
Similarly, traffic exiting St. Julian’s and proceeding Northbound will utilize an adjacent route below Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli to merge with the inner lane of the main Northbound carriageway. Additionally, the exit from Swieqi will be enhanced through a new link below Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, replacing the existing underpass and improving connectivity with Triq Santu Wistin.
Furthermore, the project includes upgrades to the stormwater system, incorporating improved catchments and discharge points to better manage rainwater and minimize flooding risks.
Following extensive consultations with stakeholders, including local councils, Infrastructure Malta is poised to submit preliminary plans to the Planning Authority. Further adjustments are anticipated as discussions progress, reflecting the agency’s commitment to transparent and community-oriented infrastructure development.