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Egnatia Odos Motorway, Greece

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On the threshold of the 21st century, one of the largest road construction projects being carried out in Greece (and, indeed, anywhere in Europe) was the Egnatia Motorway, the modern reincarnation of the great Roman highway known as the Via Egnatia.

 

The 680 km Egnatia Motorway is a modern motorway that is probably the only road (and by extension the only transport) link spanning Northern Greece from its western to its eastern border. From its starting-point at Igoumenitsa in the west coast of Greece runs across 11 Greek Prefectures ending to the village of Kipoi on the Turkish border.

 

The Egnatia Motorway was designed to the specifications of the Trans-European road network. It is a closed dual carriageway motorway with a central reserve, two traffic lanes plus an emergency lane per direction, for a total paved width of 24.5 meters over its greatest part, except for the road's mountainous sections.

 

The Consultant was responsible for the supervision of 8 construction contracts of new highway or improvement of existing segments of the Egnatia motorway and its vertical access connecting Greece with its neighbor countries. The new highway segments supervised under the present contract exceed 100km in length with 6 tunnels and cut & culverts and 7 long bridges with piled foundations and a large number of underpasses and overpasses. The improvement works concerned mainly the placement of anti skin layer for over 110km highway segments, E/M installations in tunnels and traffic management equipment, equipment for the new toll station in the area of Polimilos, landscaping works and environmental protection works along the motorway axis. The construction cost of the supervised contracts exceeded 300 million Euro.