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Greece signs $1.8 billion deal for west coast highway; could be ready by 2013
19 December 2006

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The government on Tuesday said it had signed a $1.8 billion agreement with a consortium of Greek and Spanish contractors to build a 237-mile highway along the country's western coast.

"The contract for the Ionian Road was signed today. It will be ratified in January by parliament and construction will begin in May," Environment and Public Works Minister Giorgios Souflias said.

The project is expected to be completed within 72 months after starting, Souflias said, meaning it could be finished sometime in 2013.

The deal was signed after the consortium comprising Greek construction firms GEK Group of Companies SA and Terna SA, together with Spain's Cintra SA and Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA was named as preferred bidders.

It will build and operate the road, receiving toll fees for 30 years, investing a combined $1.51 billion in the project. The remaining funds will be provided by the European Union and the Greek government.

The highway will connect the new Rio-Antirrio bridge to the northwestern city of Ioannina, linking with the Egnatia motorway that will span northern Greece as far as the border with Turkey.
 

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only 1.8 billion dollars?
that would get u like 40km in australia lol...cool

so is it gonna be a dual-carridge way freeway?
 

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[GR] Greek Highways / Motorways / Ελληνικοί Αυτοκινητόδρομοι

I thought Id post about Greek Roads since Greece has a project that is still U/C at the moment which is one of the LARGEST construction projects in all of Europe.



This project is the Egantia Odos. The road spans the entire length of Greece from east to west. It is 680km of modern motorway.
The project alone includes
- 1650 bridges
- 74 tunnels
- 50 interchanges
and much much more.

These Images of completed sections posted by cosmos. :cheers:
cosmos said:
Close to Grevena town


Close to Veria (Kastania passing)












Close to Veria city


Close to Thessaloniki (Koronia lake)






Between Thessaloniki and Kavala (Asprovalta region)





Close to Komotini under snowfall


Close to Greek-turkish border under snowfall
Some construction pics:








Ofcourse Greece has many new roads all beautifully crafted alongside the Greek landscape. The roads are also very scenic. More to come tommorow!
 

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Nastyathenians great collection of pics from around Patras featuring the Enormous Rio-Antirio bridge - worlds longest cablestayed bridge




















































 

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very nice pics!its a very big project "egnatia odos" and it does deserve its own thread
 

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Some pictures of the Egnatia Odos posted by stadia.gr member Beethoven (I hope he does not mind)

Epirus mountains (north-western Greece)





Kastania (near the city of Veria)





Greveniotika bridge



 

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Great Motorways.

I have a question. Is that road A1 from Athens via Thessaloniki towards the Macedonian border completely up to Motorway standards?
And do you think Turkey will build a motorway from Istanbul or Edirne to the Greek border, so it will connect with the A2?
 

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i love the Rio Antirio Bridge. i saw its documentary the other day, awesome :eek:kay:
 

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I have a question. Is that road A1 from Athens via Thessaloniki towards the Macedonian border completely up to Motorway standards?
Not all the raod is completed,most of the road is a highway so yes, but some parts like tembi havent been contructed yet, but they will be u/c soon i think.

And do you think Turkey will build a motorway from Istanbul or Edirne to the Greek border, so it will connect with the A2?
As far as i know they are planning to build a highway there, but they havent start it yet.

For more pics and info you can check http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=327086
 

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Hi to everyone! I post some sites for anyone of you (especially non greeks) who need to know the current condition of major greek highways:
All the greek motorways:
http://motorways-exitlists.com/europe/gr/greece.htm
In the above site you will see that exist some old parts that haven't been upgrated yet to a motorway (Tempi Valley, Maliakos and Corinth-Patras sections of PATHE). These parts are among the most dangerous-high rate of accidents with dead:eek:hno:Hopefully works are under way...but we will have to wait some years...:eek:hno:
Athens Ring Road:
http://www.aodos.gr/homepageattiki.asp?catid=4466&mediaid=59&rootcatid=4496&defaultcatid=4496
Egnatia Motorway (Igoumenitsa-Ioannina-Thessaloniki-Kavala-Alexandroupoli):
http://www.egnatia.gr/flash/en/index.html
PATHE Motorway (Patra-Athens-THessaloniki-Evzonoi)
http://www.minenv.gr/4/45/4504/e450401.html
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These are planned motorways for greece and they will be completed in 2011-2012.We will have over 2200km of motorway including thessaloniki underwater artery which it will be completed in 4 years :cheers:


 

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oh i forgot,some information about constructions on egnatia odos------Warning biggggggggggg picture


 

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The Underwater Road Connection between Aktio and Preveza towns in Western Greece. It is part of the road Igoumenitsa-Preveza-Aktio-Amfilohia. This isn't a road with highway characteristics but in the majority of its length (Aktio-Igoumenitsa part) has 3 lanes (on uphills there are two lanes for the one direction and on downhills one lane) or 1+1 lane per direction (with the emergency lane). Here we focus on the underwater tunell...

General plan of the work...


The cement blocks that were constructed on the land and then were submerged in the sea and were put on the see bed to form the underwater tunnel. For details see the website in the end of this post!!!


photos from the finished tunnel






For detailed info see: http://www.akteotunnel.com/EN/EN.htm
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Very impressive project!
I noticed that in some pictures a yellow line is used to mark the edges of the
road, I find it interesting because not many countries do that, but then in others
only white lines are used.

Also it seems that most of the highway is made of concrete, like many US highways.

Great pics :)
 

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Concrete? everything is paved with asphalt, where did you noticed a concrete pavement?

As for the yellow lines its only used in places with fog or where construction isn't finished yet, and as i can see here its only one picture with yellow line, and it is in a tunnel entrance.
The asphalt on these roads is so light-grey that it might look like concrete...
 
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