The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport begins the construction procedure for the ultra-modern Thessaloniki-Edessa road.
This is a completely new and modern 80 km track, along which the distance between Thessaloniki-Edessa will be reduced by 30 minutes for cars. Common works include, among others, the bypass roads of Chalcedona and Yiannitsa, as well as the connection between Mavrovouni and Edessa. The project began to be dealt with 10 years ago, but due to its high cost (budget of 300 million euros), it was put on the shelf.
The Thessaloniki-Edessa road currently includes difficult sections of the road, with long, long descents, poor visibility and heavy traffic (in urban areas).
Works to be carried out on the 25 km section of the track, from the prefecture of Thessaloniki to the prefecture of Pella:
1. Chalcedon-Yannitsa bypass road, budget 220 million euros. This is the construction of a bypass of Chalkidona with a length of about 6 km and a bypass of Yannitsa with a length of about 9 km, while it is planned to build four transport hubs in Eleus, Chalcedon, Paralimni and Yannitsa.
2. Mavrovouni-Edessa. It is envisaged to build a section of the road about 10 km long and four lanes wide, which includes two intersections (Risari, Edessa) and an intersection with the old national road. Currently, the Mavrovouni-Edessa (Thessaloniki-Edessa highway) section, which is part of the trans-European network, includes difficult sections of the road and passes through the cities of Mavrovouni and Risari, which causes significant delays and increases the risk of road accidents.
The Mavrovouni-Edessa project, with a budget of 70 million euros, includes the construction of a 9.4 km section of the road, consisting of four lanes, the construction of two interchanges (Risari, Edessa) connecting the existing highway, and 18 new bridges along the new section of the road.
There will be no tolls on the Thessaloniki-Edessa highway as the project will be implemented free of charge. This means that the private partnership organization, once completed, will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the road for 27 years.
From the moment of construction it is expected that the travel time will be significantly reduced: by 6-8 minutes on the Thessaloniki-Yannitsa and Thessaloniki-Skidra route, and by 10 minutes on the Thessaloniki-Edessa route.
The new route will also become a link for the smooth movement of freight and passenger traffic with the rest of Europe, creating opportunities for the development of all sectors of the economy. In addition, the project will help improve transport security, as well as improve communication between the regions of the country.