At­tica’s 500-mln-euro road plans

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY NIKOS ROUSSANOGLOU

At­tica is brac­ing for work to start on road tun­nel projects and other sim­i­lar in­ter­ven­tions cur­rently planned for the next few years and bud­geted at half a bil­lion eu­ros.

The aim is to im­prove qual­ity of life and re­duce traf­fic jams, while in some cases – such as at Elliniko – the projects are linked to ma­jor de­vel­op­ment and ur­ban re­vamp plans.

The first such project, ex­pected to get un­der way within a few months, is the over­haul of Faliro Bay, which the El­lak­tor group will un­der­take with a bud­get of 150 mil­lion eu­ros. It in­cludes cre­at­ing two tun­nels along Po­sei­donos Av- enue to­tal­ing 3 kilo­me­ters in length, from Faliro to the Peace and Friend­ship Sta­dium.

An­other 3 km tun­nel is planned for the stretch of Po­sei­donos from the beach at Alimos to the ma­rina at Elliniko. This forms part of the Elliniko plot de­vel­op­ment, link­ing the north­ern and south­ern parts of the old air­port and se­cur­ing ac­cess to the beach. The cost of the tun­nel is es­ti­mated at 200-300 mil­lion eu­ros and con­struc­tion work is seen tak­ing three years, pro­vided all per­mits for the Elliniko de­vel­op­ment worth 8 bil­lion eu­ros are also is­sued.

To­ward the end of the year a project for a rail­way tun­nel at Se­po­lia, western Athens, is also ex­pected to be put out to ten­der. This is a 110-mil­lion-euro plan that re­cently se­cured 40.3 mil­lion eu­ros in fund­ing from the Con­nect­ing Europe Fa­cil­ity. The 3.1 km tun­nel will boast a quadru­ple rail­way line link­ing the Athens Rail­way Sta­tion (Stath­mos Laris­sis) with the Treis Ge­fyres area. That should also take three years.

Sep­a­rately, the At­tica Re­gional Author­ity will fund the cre­ation of a triple junc­tion at Skara­man­gas in western At­tica and the com­ple­tion of the Ae­ga­leo Ring Road, link­ing it with the Athens-Corinth Na­tional Road. The 45-mil­lion-euro project is ex­pected to be auc­tioned late this year or early next year.

Con­struc­tion sec­tor pro­fes­sion­als say this is one of the most im­por­tant projects for At­tica, as it will ease traf­fic on the be­lea­guered Schis­tou and Athi­non av­enues at Skara­man­gas.

is planned for the stretch of Po­sei­donos Av­enue from the beach at Alimos to the ma­rina at Elliniko. This forms part of the Elliniko plot de­vel­op­ment, link­ing the north­ern and south­ern parts of the old air­port and se­cur­ing ac­cess to the beach.

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