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Kakia Skala motorway opened June 30, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Infrastructure.

As Well as the Lane Toward Athens

An end was put to the hassle of drivers passing by Kakia Skala, since as of Friday morning the two last tunnels of the route from Corinth toward Athens were opened to traffic by Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias. It is noted that the tunnels hold the European record of being the widest.

Together with the introduction of the tunnels, the automated inspection system of the tunnel and traffic administration, which immediately provides information to drivers for their safe transport, were also introduced.

As per the measurements, the two new tunnels will shorten the ride from Corinth to Athens approximately to 20 minutes, while it is estimated that 30,000 vehicles will pass on weekdays and 50,000 on weekends. As Souflias stated, this is a modern and safe motorway measuring 7.5km and equipped with three lanes, as well as an emergency lane in both directions. The motorway and the railway cost 313 million euros.

“The works for the motorway in Kakia Skala have successfully ended,” noted the Minister, adding “It is an exceptional work, on which I owe to congratulate the employees of Public Works and Special Public Works Service for Patras-Athens -Thessaloniki-Evzonoi Motorway (EYDE PATHE).”

The Minister also referred to the issue of road safety, saying “Of course a work such as this one, allows us to move very safely in relation to the past. However, I would like to underline that the road safety issue is every driver’s first priority and main responsibility.” 

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