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Old September 3rd, 2015, 04:12 AM   #2281
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A few photos of another large tunneling project.

Klokova tunel in A5 motorway:





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According to a stadia.gr forum member einsiedeln, aproximately 300 metres have been excavated so far in each side in each tunnel.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 01:01 PM   #2282
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hey guys,
any news about a25?
is the construction alive?
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Old September 4th, 2015, 11:03 AM   #2283
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A25 motorway (Greek-Bulgarian border - Thessaloniki) is still under Construction and will be ready in 2016 !!

Στους Κάθετους άξονες της Εγνατίας Οδού, η μαγική χρονιά είναι το 2016. Τότε προβλέπεται να ολοκληρωθούν οι κάθετοι άξονες: Θεσσαλονίκη-Προμαχώνας,
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Old September 4th, 2015, 01:32 PM   #2284
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Hope to see it finished before next summer
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Old September 9th, 2015, 03:42 AM   #2285
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Fresh photos of A5 motorway.

Asphalting works near Agrilia interchange:






An overpass of the existing National Road 5, near Messolonghi:


Roadworks near Rigeika:



Near Calidona tunnel:




Messolonghi interchange:


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Old September 11th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #2286
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20/7/2015 - Some nice photos of Evripos bridge in Chalkis





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Old September 19th, 2015, 01:57 AM   #2287
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Here is a part of Volos bypass, which was opened for traffic in late 2014. I know, it is not a motorway, but it is fairly interesting though, as it features a 595 m. long tunnel and a 440 m. long viaduct! The strangest thing is that pedestrians are allowed to use the tunnel.



And a series of 5 tunnels, virtually unknown to most Greeks, on a secondary road, in Argithea, Karditsa prefecture. No illumination, no ventilation but a really exotic scenery!



Attiki Odos, Athens, seen from above:

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Old September 19th, 2015, 03:52 AM   #2288
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#2286. Beautiful bridge.
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Old September 19th, 2015, 03:54 AM   #2289
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How does Greece keep building so many freeways?
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Old September 19th, 2015, 08:57 AM   #2290
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How does Greece keep building so many freeways?
Hi Bori,

I wouldn't call it "so many". It's just a basic network of motorways being built.

Part of it is that you're seeing pictures of the same motorways over and over again throughout this thread. Sometimes you see pictures of different segments of the same motorways, or the same motorways as construction progresses over time.

Another part of it is that these have been gradually built over the past 25 years, they're not suddenly being built now. A1 (see map below) was mostly completed by the 1990s. Construction on A2 started in the 1990s and most of it was complete by 2005, I believe. A6 and A7 have also been open for a while...the majority by the late 90s, if I remember correctly (but the southernmost 25% of A7 opened fairly recently).

The major ones under construction right now are A3, A5, A8, A9, and some branches from the main motorways. About 30% of A5 has been complete for some years now. A90 in Crete is still just a plan, ASAIK.

Although A1, as I said, has been around for a while, some small difficult sections of that motorway are only now being completed, so you'll see pictures and videos of those new sections in this thread. Same thing with A2; while the vast majority of it was complete and open to traffic by 2005, some small, challenging sections weren't completed until 2009. Greece has a difficult and mountainous geography, so sometimes there will be a challenging sections requiring tunnels and/or bridges.

If you're wondering how they're financed:

Since the 1990s, infrastructure projects in Greece are funded differently than in the US. A lot of road projects are partly by EU grants, partly by Greek taxpayers, and also in large part by investors that will get their money back from tolls. These investors include the European Investment Bank or EIB (an infrastructure bank that gives low-interest loans only for infrastructure projects) and private companies that will also get a share of the tolls. In the US, President Obama has proposed an investment bank like Europe's EIB, but Republicans oppose it.

During the financial crisis, motorway construction was largely shielded from the cuts faced by schools, hospitals, and pensions. There was a slowdown, but it picked up again.

The European Union strongly believes in the importance of transportation infrastructure and interconnectivity across Europe. Also, keep in mind, that investing in transportation and mobility is extremely important in a country such as Greece where tourism is a massive industry.

Here's a map of the current motorways, motorways currently under construction, and planned motorways:


source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highways_in_Greece

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Old September 19th, 2015, 09:41 AM   #2291
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Why is Thessaloniki bypass in grey? AFAIK it has all characteristics of a motorway.
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Old September 19th, 2015, 10:25 AM   #2292
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You're right. Looks like an error on the map. The wikipedia contributor that made this map updated it as of 2015, but it looks like he left the Thessaloniki bypass in grey, in error.
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Old September 19th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #2293
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The map is wrong in many parts:
* There is no A9, that motorway will be A5
* There is no motoway between A3 and A1
* A3 is just partly under construction
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The map is wrong in many parts:
* There is no A9, that motorway will be A5
* There is no motoway between A3 and A1
* A3 is just partly under construction
I'm not too familiar with Thessaly region, but National Road 6 (EO6), the road between A3 and A1, indeed appears to have motorway characteristics, at least in Google Streetview. Google Maps doesn't consider it a motorway either, but it looks like a full motorway in Streetview.

Maybe someone familiar with the area can verify?

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5666...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5653...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5640...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Old September 19th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #2295
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Larisa (A1) -Trikala (A3) road is just an upgrade (doubling) of EO6 with several new sections too. There also some level junctions. Also the "blue" road to Volos is also part of EO6.The confusion is due to the allocation of road numbers for motorways in 2008-09, which included sections that at the time were planned as motorways, but it is doubtful if they will ever be built/modified as such (A4 and A12 were the numbers for those two parts of EO6).

I verify that the A9 shown on the map is part of the A5 and that at the moment the planned A13 [Thiva (A1) - Elefsina (A6 to A8)] seems that has been postponed.
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Old September 19th, 2015, 07:09 PM   #2296
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Thanks for clarifying!
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Old September 19th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #2297
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It seems that the grey part around Thessaloniki is about under design outer bypass road of the city and not existing inner bypass, which is not classified as highway.

Also construction on the whole south part of A5 (shown as A9 in map) has been suspended. There is just a promise that a tender compretition for the first section (Patras - Pyrgos) will occur following months.
For the rest of the axis there is no realistic hope for construction in the next decade mainly due to environmental issues.

Finally, I passed through the new section of Volos bypass some weeks ago and there was a clear prohibition of pedestrian usage in electronic signals of the road.
Except for that recently delivered section of Volos bypass, the rest of the bypass is probably the worst designed, constructed and maintained road in Greece opened to traffic just 10 years ago. It is a total shame.
It is very dangerous 2+2 road with sharp turns, many ground level junctions and a high rate of death and injuries. In combination with the terrible surface of highway Velestino (A1) - Volos (speed restriction to 60km/h in a straight highway), they are the worst part of high speed roads in Greece.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 11:17 AM   #2298
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Quick questions: A25 would expand beyond Nea Moudania, towards south? If so, what's the project status? Where should the highway reach to?

Also, any plans to expand the road towards Nikiti, Sithonia to 2x2 or similar?

Lastly, I've been there recently and also noticed some works on the eastern part of Halikidki towards Sithonia,but I cannot find any info of a road construction site....

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Old September 23rd, 2015, 12:28 AM   #2299
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Lots of freeway projects imo.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 09:13 PM   #2300
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Quote:
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Why is Thessaloniki bypass in grey? AFAIK it has all characteristics of a motorway.
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You're right. Looks like an error on the map. The wikipedia contributor that made this map updated it as of 2015, but it looks like he left the Thessaloniki bypass in grey, in error.
Indeed, the colour should be blue (its still U/C as i know)
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