Opening up northern Greece to the rest of Europe
The north of Greece is characterised by its expansive mountain ranges which makes accessibility difficult. This project is opening up a large area of Greece to the rest of Europe.
The project is bridging the gap between two existing road projects and in so doing, effectively connecting the greater regions of Imatheia and Pellas with the national Egnatia highway, which forms the Greek part of European route E90.
A piece of a greater puzzle
The 7.7 km stretch of road targeted for completion by this project from Patrida - Naoussa is part of a grander road project of 37 km which will connect Veroia - Naoussa - Skydra - Edessa with Egnatia highway, which itself is part of the European road network stretching from Turkey to the port of Igoumenitsa.
The road itself will benefit the local population of the areas in-between Veroia, Naoussa and Patrida. Other local villages such as Kopanou, Rizou and Sevastiana, through which the old provincial road passes, are also set to benefit. The project also covers the construction of side roads and auxiliary road sections.
Sowing the seeds for growth
The road also serves a much larger purpose, including sowing the seeds for long term growth as local businesses and farmers will be able to transfer their produce to local industrial areas, and from there, onto the Egnatia highway to the rest of Greece and abroad. Local tourist centres such as ski resorts will also benefit as tourists will have easier access to their facilities. 112 jobs are expected to be created during the project implementation.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Road axis Veroia-Naoussa-Skydra: Completion of the section Patrida-Naoussa (bridge)” is EUR 93 106 088, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 16 362 500 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Accessibility Infrastructure and Services in the Region of Central Macedonia” of the Operational Programme “Macedonia - Thrace 2007-2013”.