Albania's main highway, Tirana-Durres, arrived in the final phase of the reconstruction intervention after it had turned into a nightmare for drivers during the last year.
The Tirana-Durazzo section of the motorway has already been rebuilt, thus repairing the huge layers of damaged asphalt that had turned into a strong cause of road accidents and that had driven drivers to travel only in the fast lane to avoid damage. to the tires of their cars. The reconstruction intervention has now moved to the Durres-Tirana section (and should be completed in the coming days), with traffic being diverted to secondary roads.
The emergency intervention supported and financed by the World Bank is considered only a temporary solution for the highway, which needs a more in-depth intervention to reach the required standards.
"The Tirana-Durres motorway is the main economic corridor of the country. About 40% of the population lives in this road segment. Moreover, some of the most important companies and shopping centers operate on it and half of the national GDP is produced there. " - states the World Bank.
Built at the beginning of the 2000 years, the Tirana-Durres motorway was the first major infrastructural work in the country after the collapse of the communist regime in the early 90 years. However, the high traffic, poor quality construction works and lack of adequate maintenance brought the highway in poor condition; also because of this, the government is now thinking of assigning maintenance to a dealer and making it a toll road.
The Milot-Morine road section will be, starting next September, the first toll of the entire country. Several new highways that should be built as part of public-private partnerships - as part of the one-billion-euro PPP program - will become toll roads.
Albania has one of the highest rates in Europe for road accidents, with around 15 deaths per 100.000 inhabitants due to poor road conditions and, above all, driving style.
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