Limassol bypass to beat congestion
The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with a population of around 800 000 is benefiting from a major project to upgrade the Limassol bypass. Improving access to the Limassol port, the bypass enables smooth continuous travel for traffic from Nicosia and Paphos. The project is succeeding in cutting congestion around a seaport which in the year 2000 saw approximately one million passenger arrivals and departures.
“As someone living on the outskirts of Limassol and using the highway to get to work, I see the positive effects of the bypass upgrade first hand, everyday. Undisturbed through traffic, as well as a reduction in severe congestion are some of the benefits. Cleaner air is another.”
Coralia Massoura, Limassol Municipality
Within the last 25 years, Cyprus has built a very dense road network and has almost no need for new roads. This project, supported by the EU’s Cohesion Fund, gave priority therefore to the formation of road bypasses for large urban centres and to easy access to ports and airports.
From Nicosia to Paphos
An underpass and a roundabout were built at Agios Athanaisos, a suburb of Limassol, to ensure the free flow of traffic on the bypass road, direction Nicosia-Paphos. The works included two bridge structures of 23.3 metres long each, a pedestrian footbridge, four pedestrian underground walkways, retaining walls and new pavements for the slip roads.
Improvements were also brought to the Germasogeia roundabout. These included a bridge across the roundabout of 304 metres in length, two bridges across the Amathos river of 75 metres in length and 12 metres in width, two new pedestrian underpasses and the construction of a dual carriageway bypass of 2 000 metres in length.
By improving the transport system, these two developments are supporting the country’s continued economic and social wellbeing.
Making roads safer
Cyprus is considered to have one of the strongest economies in Europe and unsurprisingly, in the past ten years, transport has experienced parallel growth – the number of cars alone increased by 65%. The Limassol bypass project accommodates this growth and recognises the importance of safety in a country where half the population lives in the four largest cities – Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos.
Road safety suffered year-on-year as transport increased with 2004 experiencing a much higher number of road deaths (117) compared with 2003 (97). The Limassol bypass project developments have brought a marked reduction not just in traffic jams but, more importantly, in fatal road traffic accidents.