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Old December 23rd, 2016, 04:34 AM   #2561
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Was the last A7 section opened last week or is there any updated estimated opening date?
It was supposed to open yesterday, Dec. 22. However, it seems that it is not the case. I am not sure what has happened, but I did not find any news article mentioning anything related. Also, the prime minister (Alexis Tsipras) was expected to visit Kalamata to inaugurate the road, but he did not show up, either.

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Great news for people that will be using A8 towards Patra in the following days.
Starting tomorrow, Dec. 23, Olympia Odos will give for public use 9 more kilometers of the westbound direction of motorway A8, from Kiato I/C to Xylokastro.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 04:58 PM   #2562
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Finally it was inaugurated by the PM earlier today.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 05:40 PM   #2563
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Final stretch of Kalamata's ring road made available today!

The final 3.5-kilometer stretch of the privately run ring road around Kalamata in the Peloponnese will be made available to motorists Friday.

The road is part of the Corinth-Kalamata (158 km) and Lefktrou-Sparta (47 km) highways, on which construction got under way in 2008. Its first sections were completed in 2010, while construction stopped in 2012 due to the crisis, before resuming again this year. The company behind the construction is Moreas SA.

The expropriation process has been cited as the reason for the considerable delay.

The new highway will significantly decrease the travel time between Athens and Kalamata/Sparta, which currently stands at about two hours. The advanced infrastructure is also expected to improve road safety. The total toll charges for a car will be 9.90 euros from Corinth to Kalamata and 10 euros from Corinth to Sparta.

Another significant project by the construction company was the Tsakona Arch Bridge, the second largest in Greece after the Rio-Antirio structure.


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Meanwhile in Laconia, Sparta’s bypass (National Road 39) was inaugurated, as well.
The last 9 kilometers of the 16,8 km bypass was given to traffic. This road helps drivers heading south, to bypass the town of Sparta, 2 villages and a major army camp.



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Old December 23rd, 2016, 07:38 PM   #2564
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Great news for people that will be using A8 towards Patra in the following days.
Starting tomorrow, Dec. 23, Olympia Odos will give for public use 9 more kilometers of the westbound direction of motorway A8, from Kiato I/C to Xylokastro.
It seems that it was opened yesterday, Dec. 22. The 2nd carriageway is announced to be opened in January 2017.

http://www.thebest.gr/news/index/viewStory/421702

http://www.metaforespress.gr/aftokin...ympia-odo.html


I don't know why they indicate 9km. I thought that the section has a length of about 12km, see OSM.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 08:15 PM   #2565
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Although I do not generally trust press reports as quite a lot of times they misinterpret the actual situation, from the first link I understand that both carriageways are now opened at a length of 9km with westbound traffic using the new one and eastbound the old one and that the whole section (14km) will be given to traffic within January 2017.

Anybody who may have traveled or will travel there would help.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 03:26 PM   #2566
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Any update abaut A29?
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Old December 24th, 2016, 08:32 PM   #2567
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I passed today from that 9km section after I/C Kiato. Carriageway with direction to Patras is totally completed with 2 traffic lines and has been delivered to traffic for the Holidays.
Direction to Athens remain on the old road.

The old road needs to be heavily reconstructed with a new surface as it will be the other carriageway with direction to Athens.

Therefore, after holidays probably both directions will be served for an interim period by the recently completed carriageway.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #2568
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Old December 26th, 2016, 08:59 PM   #2569
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It is most likely to open in January, however an opening date is completely unknown
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Old December 27th, 2016, 03:06 PM   #2570
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Here is a video showing the Ionia Odos segment within the Ioannina prefecture


Also, the Amfilochia bypass (25 km), which is right after the Agrinio bypass has been inaugurated by the minister Christos Spirtzis and is now fully opened. This means that there are now 59 km of contiguous motorway, thus reducing the distance between Patra and Ioannina even more.
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Old December 27th, 2016, 07:48 PM   #2571
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And a video from the A5 Ionia Odos' section Kouvaras - Amfilochia, delivered to traffic today.


Source: Aixmi News
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Old December 27th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #2572
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A few photos of today's inauguration (A5 - Amfilochia bypass).




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Old December 27th, 2016, 08:49 PM   #2573
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Great. I've been looking at A5 on Google Earth. There is a small section near Krikellos (north of Amfilochia) where - as of July 2016 - no construction has started.
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Old December 27th, 2016, 09:43 PM   #2574
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How many km of motorways are currently U/C in Greece?
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Old December 28th, 2016, 12:38 AM   #2575
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Great. I've been looking at A5 on Google Earth. There is a small section near Krikellos (north of Amfilochia) where - as of July 2016 - no construction has started.
As of now, i think that it is U/C.
The only parts not U/C are located in Avgo, near Ioannina (3km of road) and (i'm not sure) 500 meters after the Menidi bridge...the rest of the motorway is U/C.
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Old December 28th, 2016, 01:28 AM   #2576
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How many km of motorways are currently U/C in Greece?
These are the approximate kilometers under construction, per motorway.
A1: 24,7 km
A3: 78 km
A5: 122 km
A8: 100 km
A25: 10 km
A52: 48,5
A29: 20 km
A90: 9 km

Total: 412,2 km
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Old December 28th, 2016, 02:52 PM   #2577
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A7: Thouria – Kalamata-Artemida 7.5km (? to 19th November 2016) – ? – map

A7: Kalamata-Artemida – Kalamata-East 11km (? to 23rd December 2016) – ? – map
I think there's a small mistake with the lengths of these two sections: 11 km is the length of both sections combined (i.e. the whole Kalamata bypass), so if the first one measures 7.5km (which is correct), the second one only measures 3.5 km (which is also the length of that section according to the press article linked by Stavros86).

In any event, I don't know whether this second 3.5km section should be on the list, as it doesn't look to have motorway standards (there's even a roundabout on it according to both OSM and Google Maps); only the first 1.2km stretch between Artemida and the roundabout comply with the requirements of the list.
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Old December 28th, 2016, 04:24 PM   #2578
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In any event, I don't know whether this second 3.5km section should be on the list, as it doesn't look to have motorway standards (there's even a roundabout on it according to both OSM and Google Maps); only the first 1.2km stretch between Artemida and the roundabout comply with the requirements of the list.
That's true! Here is that section as seen from above:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvdZjqktwYU&t
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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:07 PM   #2579
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Thanks, I'll change it with the next update
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Old December 29th, 2016, 09:53 PM   #2580
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Nice footage from the section Klokova-Kefalovriso (A5 Highway). It's almost completed.

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