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‘It’s Even More Dangerous Now’: Dwejra Residents Fume Over Newly-Placed Crash Barriers For Safety Reasons

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Residents living in the rural Dwejra area, limits of Mġarr, are calling out a newly installed set of central strips and bollards that they say are causing major issues for families, farmers and workers who need to access the road.

They say drivers are ignoring the directional flow of the the new central strip on L-Imġarr Road, with one worker who uses a elongated truck for work telling Lovin Malta that it is now difficult for him to safely turn into the road.

Lovin Malta reached out to Infrastructure Malta, who said the works were done as part of a “major safety upgrade” of one of the main links between Mġarr and Mosta.

“This three-kilometre road (also known as Sir Temi Zammit Road) included a single carriageway with two lanes, one in each direction, and a wide, brick-paved footpath for pedestrians and cyclists on one side. With no form of protection against cross-median collisions, with little measures to curb speeding and with several dangerous T-junctions and crossroads, this road had become a critical accident black spot,” they said.

“The road has seen several fatal accidents in recent years. Meanwhile, the wide footpath was not considered to be an adequate path for cyclists and pedestrians since it is constantly interrupted with depressions for access to adjacent properties.”

They said that appeals from road users, paramedics and the Mgarr Local Council led to them upgrading the area and installing crash barriers and bollards.

“This upgrade is reducing the risks of cross-median collisions, whilst discouraging speeding. The two carriageways are still wide enough to allow emergency vehicles to overtake stationary vehicles in case of need,” they said.

However, residents in the area said that the new installation forces them to drive towards Mġarr before being able to turn back towards Mosta at a new roundabout installed near San Andrea school. Residents say they’ve already seen drivers ignore this “extra drive” and just turn towards Mosta illegally.

“While this may lead to a slight increase in journey times, it is a very small price to pay for the increased safety it brings about,” Infrastructure Malta said in response.

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