A bridge between Malta and Gozo would come with a yearly price tag of €4 million to maintain and operate. This amount is over and above the €800 million (excluding taxes) needed to finance the project.
Annual operation and maintenance costs are estimated at 0.5 per cent of the construction cost.
The calculation is found in a feasibility study by China Communications Construction Company, details of which emerged yesterday in The Sunday Times of Malta. http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20141123/local/1bn-bridge-for-gozo-would-take-four-years.545206
The study evaluated four options and recommended a bridge that would skirt Comino’s east coast, linking Marfa in Malta to Qala in Gozo.
On the Malta side the landing point would be between Torri l-Abjad and Armier, connecting via a new road to the main road along the l-Aħrax peninsula. Traffic coming up from Għadira would have to turn right towards l-Aħrax to take the bridge road, rather than go down to Ċirkewwa.
In Gozo the bridge would land in the area known as Tal-Melħ, just below Qala. A new road would run along the coast, veering north to connect with the main road between Għajnsielem and Qala.
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