Regional Road upgrade completed

Infrastructure Malta completed a major upgrade of Regional Road and seven of its junctions, to continue improving efficiency and road safety along the principal north-south route of Malta. 

This investment comprised the rebuilding of Regional Road between the Tal-Qroqq Tunnels and the Santa Venera Tunnels, the addition of two new lanes along part of this four-lane road and the re-alignment of seven of its junctions. 

The agency also reconstructed the 1970s Msida Valley Road Bridge halfway through this route and introduced a safer system of central reservation crash barriers to reduce risks of cross median collisions and other accident consequences. 

The 1.1 kilometres of new lanes are improving the safety of a number of junctions along this route, while increasing its efficiency by reducing waiting times at its merging lanes and exits. 

The bridge spanning Regional Road’s carriageways over Msida Valley Road was replaced with a new, wider structure to improve the alignment and the superelevation of this part of the road for lower accident risks, Infrastructure Malta said. 

It said figures for the last 10 years confirmed that this part of Regional Road was a major accident blackspot, with an average of one collision a week. 

A total 40% of these accidents caused serious injuries to road users. Many of them took place at the T-junction connecting Msida Valley Road, Old Railway Track in Birkirkara and Kappillan Mifsud Road in Santa Venera to the northbound carriageway of Regional Road. 

Infrastructure Malta transformed this junction into an uninterrupted lane linked to the new northbound lane of Regional Road, to reduce collision risks and travel times. Road users no longer needed to shift from one lane to another to enter Regional Road from this junction. 

Further up the northbound carriageway of this road, the additional lane is reducing delays at the critical Regional Road exit towards the Birkirkara Bypass (Dun Karm Road), the University of Malta and Mater Dei Hospital. 

In the opposite direction, the second new lane of Regional Road is improving vehicle flows along the slip road connecting the Tal-Qroqq (skatepark) roundabout with Regional Road’s southbound carriageway by replacing the pre-existing short merging lane with an uninterrupted lane towards Santa Venera. 

The same lane is also giving road users safer access to the Regional Road exit ramp towards Old Railway Track and Il-Kappillan Mifsud Road, which converge at the Birkirkara-Santa Venera roundabout bridge.