The St Elmo Bridge is now open to the public, Transport Malta said.

The authority asked visitors to be cautious to ensure an enjoyable experience.

It said that no access was permitted onto the breakwaterm and access to the bridge was from the Marsamxett side of Valletta through the Jews Sally Port.

TM warned that the rock pathway beneath Fort St Elmo leading to the bridge was unlit and unsuitable for vehicles and it was not advisable to venture to the site in the dark.

The area, TM said, was very exposed to the natural elements associated with the open sea.

Therefore, especially during storms, the public should not approach the bridge especially if waves were breaking.

In the interest of safety and security no one should climb onto or over railings and gates or onto the arch or sides of the bridge, TM said, adding that jumping into the sea from the bridge and its ancillary facilities was strictly prohibited.

TM noted that the sea under the bridge was a traffic route for small vessels crossing into and out of Grand Harbour. Therefore, no fishing was permitted.

Moreover, no vehicles were permitted to block access to the bridge or  to access or park on the bridge abutments.

The authority said the bridge may vibrate during certain conditions.  People who experienced motion sickness should descend or stand on one of the two elevated belvederes at either end of the bridge.

Young children should be accompanied by adults at all times.

No barbeques, fireworks or other incendiary devices were to be used on or around the bridge and the public hadto heed site safety notices and indicated restrictions at all times.