Transport Malta’s Standards and Specifications outline the requirements for road construction. Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures will ensure that if the specifications are met the roads will last longer.
Q: What are the latest Transport Malta’s Standards and Specifications?
The latest Transport Malta Standards and Specifications are known as New Roads and Road Works Regulations, 2010 and supersede those of 2003.
Q: What do they consist of?
The New Roads and Road Works Regulations consist of 7 Volumes, namely:
Volume 1 – Specifications for Road Works
Volume 2 – Notes for Guidance on the Specification for Road Works
Volume 3 – Road Construction Details
Volume 4 – Method of Measurement for Road Works and Notes for Guidance of Measurements of Road Works
Volume 5 – Road Geometry July 2003 (DMRB – Malta)
Volume 6 – Design Presentation Guidelines
Volume 7 – Directives for the Stadardisation of Pavements of Traffic Areas
Q: Can you describe briefly each volume?
Transport Malta Standards and Specifications are based on the Design Manual of Roads and Bridges (DMRB) of the UK. In 2002, the Roads Department embarked on the adaptation of the DMRB(UK) to local conditions and in 2003, the new specifications became binding through legal notice 364 of 2003, just in time for the execution of major road works funded by the Italian-Maltese Protocol. This was a major overhaul on the previous specifications which were in force before this legal notice.
This volume describes the specifications for items used in road contracts. It is divided into 28 series, namely:
100 Preliminaries – site offices, billboards, progress photographs etc.
200 Site Clearance – removal of existing items, trees, electricity poles, signs etc.
400 Safety Fences, Safety Barriers & Pedestrian Guard Rails
500 Drainage and Service Ducts
700 Road Pavements – General
800 Road Pavements – Unbound Materials
900 Road Pavements – Bituminous Materials
1000 Road Pavements – Concrete and Cement Bound Materials – not available for download
1100 Kerbs, Footways and Paved Areas
1200 Traffic Signs
1300 Road Lighting Columns & Brackets
1400 Electrical Work for Road Lightning and Traffic Signs
1500 Motorway Communications
1600 Piling and Diaphragm
1700 Structural Concrete
1800 Structural Steelwork
1900 Protection of Steelwork against Corrosion
2000 Waterproofing for Concrete Structures
2100 Bridge Bearings
2300 Bridge Expansion Joints and Sealing of Gaps
2400 Brickwork, Blockwork and Stonework
2500 Special Structures
3000 Landscape and Ecology
This volume offers guidance on how to use and interpret the specifications in Volume 1. It is divided in the same series outlined in Volume 1.
This volume consists of 77 typical road construction details organised in series as per Volume 1.
Series 500 – Drainage and Ducts
RCD/500/1 – Filter Drains – Trench and Bedding Details
RCD/500/2 – Filter Drains – Trench and Bedding Details Without Geotextile
RCD/500/3 – Surface Water Drains, Trench and Bedding Details
RCD/500/4 – Manhole Types
RCD/500/5 – Manhole Type A (Block or In Situ Concrete)
RCD/500/6 – Manhole Type B (Blocl or In Situ Concrete)
RCD/500/7 – Manhole Type C (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/8 – Manhole Type D (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/9 – Manhole Type E (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/10 – Manhole Type F (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/11 – Manhole Type F – Hinged Grating Details
RCD/500/12 – Chamber Fittings – Ladder Handhold and Safety Chain
RCD/500/13 – Catchpit G
RCD/500/14 – Vertical Backdrop in Manholes
RCD/500/15 – Precast Concrete Gully
RCD/500/16 – In Situ Concrete and Blockwork Gullies
RCD/500/17 – Gully Grating
RCD/500/18 – Drainage Channel/Blocks
RCD/500/19 – Herringbone Filter Drains * This drawing is listed but not included in the specifications.
RCD/500/20 – G.A. of small Headwalls (Interceptor Drains) * This drawing is listed but not included in the specifications.
RCD/500/21 – G.A. of Headwall (Culvert Drains)
RCD/500/22 – R.C. Details of Typical Headwall * This drawing is listed but not included in the specifications.
RCD/500/23 – Self Clearing Inlet Grid Detail
RCD/500/24 – Outlet Grid Detail
RCD/500/25 – Diagrammatic Layout at Headwalls
Series 600 – Earthworks
RCD/600/2 – Interceptor Ditches
Series 700 – Pavement
RCD/700/1 – Free Pavement Edge Detail
RCD/700/2 – Kerbed Pavement Edge Detail
RCD/700/3 – Transverse Joint Between New Construction and Existing Road
Volume 4 – Method of Measurements for Road Works and Notes for Guidance of Measurements of Road Works
This volume deals on the quantity surveying aspects of the Specifications and lists what is included in the rate and what’s not. If you are not sure what an item in the Bill of Quantities (BOQ) includes, flip through the pages of the relevant series in this volume.
This volume was prepared by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Semar for use on national road schemes in Malta. It contains extracts from those Standards contained in the ADT Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (ADT DMRB) that relate to the Geometric Design of Roads. This volume contains the most frequently used information and the user should be aware that additional information is available in the full DMRB(UK) Design Manual.
This volume contains plans indicating proper presentation of road projects.
This volume consists of a directive prepared by Profs D. K. Muller and illustrates the typical road structure details, depending on the traffic amounts expected to use the road, the bearing capacity of the subgrade and the allowable structure depth.
Q: Where can I find the Transport Malta Standards and Specifications?
Transport Malta Standards and Specifications can be found in Adobe Acrobat format at Transport Malta’s official website.
If you have any further questions about Transport Malta Standards and Specifications write it in the comments section below.