Maltese and foreign experts consulted on Mgarr Road project in Nadur
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, together with the technical team led by architect Adrian Mifsud who is the Geotechnical Engineer, have given an account of work being undertaken on the busy arterial Mgarr Road, Nadur.
The Minister said that work on the road presented major challenges, as it is not only cosmetic, but is a massive infrastructure project due to the fact that it has been neglected and in a bad state of repair for several years.
Dr Caruana explained that both Maltese and foreign experts have been consulted on the project. “This is being done to establish exactly what interventions are needed and what it means on this project to find a lasting solution and not just short-term one,” said Minister Caruana.
The Minister for Gozo, while thanking the experts and technicians led by architect Adrian Mifsud for the meticulous work, also pointed out that this massive project will take time to complete and will be implemented in several stages .
Architect Adrian Mifsud said that several tests have been carried out through local and foreign laboratories, which by nature takes time, but are necessary to establish the road design.
“This road is built on a clay slope and using old methods, it was inevitable that this would be unstable,” said Mifsud. He explained that since 3 watercourses run under the road, they had also continued to degrade the road base.
Architect Mifsud said that from the results it appears that the road must be built to a particular design that reflects the natural features on which the road was built.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri