Peninsula to profit from brand-new road

Traffic on the Kassandra Peninsula in northern Greece will soon be flowing more smoothly and safely, after completion of a new twin-lane road some 17.5 km in length.

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Running from the northernmost point of the Kassandra Peninsula to a town close to its centre, the new road will make travel easier for both local inhabitants and the area’s numerous tourists. It will also form part of Europe’s expanding trans-European transport network, the so-called TEN-T programme - specifically the route from Thessaloniki to the peninsula.

A north-south route

This major project encompasses the construction of a section of twin-lane highway between Nea Poteidaia – a small town of 900 people and a key maritime harbour for the entire peninsula – and the inland town of Kassandreia. It will be linked to the road network that circles the peninsula.

After construction work is completed, the peninsula will boast a new 17.5 km toll-free dual carriageway. This will include two new overpass sections, as well as upgraded utility networks alongside the road.

Of benefit to local people and tourists

Motorists using the entire stretch of road can expect to enjoy journey times cut by around 24 minutes thanks to the more direct route. Experts also predict that this road will cut the risk of traffic accidents by over one third – a significant and much-appreciated improvement.

The project will create close to 340 direct new jobs during the implementation phase. It also ties in with broader investments to construct a fast national road from Thessaloniki to Nea Poteidaia via Moudania, as part of the EU’s trans-European transport network – the so-called TEN-T programme.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of the section Potidea-Kassandreia (road) of the road network serving Kassandra (Prefecture of Chalkidiki-Region of Central Macedonia-Greece)” has a total eligible budget of EUR 80 000 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 66 400 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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