Driving ahead with ring road upgrade

Road scheme will cut traffic congestion and improve safety in the Greek city of Thessaloniki.

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The project involves improving Thessaloniki´s Western Internal Ring Road, a three-lane, 22 km-long road linking the city´s east and west districts. The works involve replacing current intersections with five new multi-level interchanges.

A 6 km-long segment of the Ring will also be constructed between junctions K5 at Papageorgiou Hospital and the interchanges of 3rd Septemvriou, Maiandrou (Evosmos), Makrygianni (Ilioupoli), Lagkada Stavroupoleos, and K14 (Efkarpias). The Ring aims to facilitate connections between Thessaloniki and both the national road network and the Egnatia Highway.

Gearing up to help the environment

Two of the main objectives are to reduce traffic congestion by bypassing Thessaloniki city centre and improve mobility and accessibility both locally and in Central Macedonia. The road upgrade will increase the Ring´s capacity and also improve road safety for drivers and pedestrians alike.

This initiative is also expected to enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of local companies, ranging from transport, trade and industry, to tourism and culture.

Upon completion, advantages of the scheme include reduced travel times and vehicle operating costs for motorists, a fall in traffic accidents, and less pollution for local residents in the Municipal Districts of Ampelokipoi - Menemeni,  Kordelio - Evosmos, and Pavlou Mela, who make up a quarter of Thessalonki’s 1.1 million population.

It is estimated that this project will boost the local economy with the creation of 30 jobs during the implementation phase of the project, and 300 upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Improvement / upgrading of Western Internal Ring Road of Thessaloniki from junction K16 (Lahanagora) to junction K5 (Papageorgiou Hospital)" is EUR 155 449 695, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 103 616 707 from the Operational Programme "Central Macedonia – Western Macedonia – Eastern Macedonia and Thrace" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis "Accessibility to infrastructures and services in the region of Central Macedonia".

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