Greece's interministerial committee on public and private partnerships is expected to approve in the next few days a 350-million euro project upgrading Thessaloniki's regional road, a key investment the government wants to move ahead with in coming years.
The plan involves the construction of an elevated highway from the height of Papageorgiou Hospital to an area called Konstantinopolitika and then the widening of the road until Kardia.
Thessaloniki's regional road was designed in the 1970s and the need for an upgrade has been highlighted for years by city officials. It was designed to be used by 60,000 vehicles a day and today it is used by 90,000 vehicles, in a number that is forecast to rise in coming years. The plan for an elevated expressway, from the K5 junction (at Papageorgiou Hospital) until K10 (at Konstantinopolitika) has existed for several years, but the high cost was an obstacle.
In essence, the new highway will be built above the existing road and will improve traffic conditions for those traveling from the west to the airport and Halkidiki, but also from the north to the south of the city. Its total length will reach four kilometers. The project, based on previous proposals and plans, includes the widening of the existing ring road and the addition of two tunnels.