By Eleni Bota
With the decision of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the TERNA – AKTOR – INTRAKAT scheme is appointed as the temporary contractor of the project and the way is now opened for the signing of the contract.
The project has a budget of 320 million euros and the contracting scheme offered a discount of 5.30% which corresponds to a total lump sum project cost of 244.5 million euros.
The project of the extension of Kymi Avenue (the section from Attiki Odos to the Uneven Junction of the National Highway involves the study and construction of a cross-section road axis of a closed motorway, with a total length of approximately 3.8 km (into 4.2 km with the option ).
The project will be carried out within the administrative boundaries of the Municipalities of Pefki and Lykovrysi of the Prefecture of Attica.
The extension of Kymi avenue to the national road is expected to decongest the network of the three above municipalities, to facilitate the access of many areas of the northern suburbs to the national road.
As for the rest of the highway extensions, the most basic of them is the extension of the western regional Ymitto to Elliniko, which will include an underground tunnel in Ilioupoli and new bridges on L. Vouliagmeni, with the studies of the project locked to be drawn up by Lamda Development.
The Ministry’s goal for Vouliagmenis Avenue is to “liberate” it from the traffic lights and turn it into a highway that will feed road arteries such as the urban tunnel, which will act as “connecting links” between the 3 rings of the capital.
According to the plans so far, the project envisages the construction of a tunnel a little more than 3 km long, with 3 lanes per traffic flow, without exits, which will start sinking at the height of Kaisariani and will end up connecting with Vouliagmenis Avenue at the height of border of Agios Dimitrios and Ilioupoli, a little south of the Metro station of Agios Dimitrios. The journey will take a few minutes when today, at rush hour, it takes over 30 minutes. It is a very important project that, in combination with the redevelopment in Elliniko, will change the map of the movements of the basin.
As for the other two extensions of Attica Road, the one towards Rafina provides for the bypass of Marathonos Avenue and the local traffic lights and the other towards Lavrio provides for the widening of the existing road from Markopoulos to the port.
These two extensions will also include the suburban line, so that the two main ports will have a fixed track connection.