Providing better links to Cyprus’s key port

A major road construction project will be developed to improve connections between the port of Limassol and Cyprus’s motorway network. The scheme will also ease congestion and reduces pollution around the port area.

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Limassol lies on the southern coast of Cyprus between Larnaka and Pafos, about 90 km from the capital Nicosia. The town’s port is the most important in the entire country, providing services for both cargo and passenger traffic.

Currently, the primary route to the port is along Omonias Avenue, which passes through a number of residential and commercial areas. These areas suffer from air and noise pollution and traffic congestion caused, in the main, by heavy goods vehicles travelling to and from the port. The route is also known for its high rate of road accidents.

The new road-building scheme alleviates these negative effects by taking traffic away from Omonias Avenue while providing quicker, easier connections to the rest of the island. The project includes the following programme of works:

  • The construction and upgrading of a dual carriageway to link Limassol’s port with the Limassol-Pafos motorway. This 5.6 km-long route is called Vertical Road and offers an overall speed limit of 65 km/hour.
  • Upgrading a road running along the northern boundary of Limassol port. Named Parallel Road, this route is actually an extension of Vertical Road – it is 2.3 km long and provides direct access to the port.
  • The construction of a storm water drainage system to reduce flooding along Vertical Road and neighbouring residential and commercial areas.

Vertical Road aims to serve port traffic and those travelling from the western neighbourhoods of the greater Limassol area, which are situated to the south of the Limassol-Pafos motorway.

Two-stage scheme

Building of infrastructure divides into two stages. Stage one includes construction of a 4.5 km section of Vertical Road starting at the entrance to the port’s container terminal and ending at the junction with the old Limassol-Pafos road (Pafos Street). Engineering also covers the upgrading of side roads and the construction of four roundabouts and various works for the storm drainage system.

Stage two covers two sections of road. The first is a 1.1 km stretch of Vertical Road connecting with the Limassol-Pafos motorway. This is an existing section of road which the scheme is upgrading to dual carriageway status. Work includes the widening of a flyover and construction of two slip roads. The second section covers work to upgrade Parallel Road to a dual carriageway.

Management of the completed scheme is the responsibility of the Public Work Department (PWD), operating under the Ministry of Communications and Works. PWD will be responsible for all subsequent maintenance works. The project’s implementation phase is expected to create about 400 jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Primary Road Connecting the New Limassol Port with the Limassol-Pafos Motorway – Vertical Road” is EUR 126 032 705, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 90 354 016 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project falls under the Operational Programme: Sustainable Development and Competitiveness 2007-2013, priority “Basic Infrastructure in the field of Transport”.

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