The Tirana-Elbasan motorway works have been completed in both directions, about seven years after the start of the project.
Today, in fact, all vehicles can travel the four-lane road without deviations. The confirmation came from the Albanian road authority, which stated that all vehicles can circulate without any restrictions in accordance with the standard safety standards.
The last section that ended the works on the motorway involved the one near the village of Ibe, or the Krrabë tunnel. The last road diverters used to direct the traffic coming from Tirana were removed yesterday morning by the employees of the construction company, after the road asphalt works and the installation of guardrails and signage had been completed in the last few days.
The Tirana-Elbasan motorway
The 31 kilometers of highway - including the gallery and the works of art - had a total cost of 425 million dollars. Funding came from the Islamic Development Bank (for about 223 million dollars), OPEC funds (24 million dollars), Abu Dhabi (50 million dollars) and Saudi funds (25 million dollars), as well as by the Albanian government for development for the remaining part.
Initially the works of the road section - which allows one to avoid the 'Qafë Krrabë' altogether and, above all, to earn about 50 minutes - had been assigned through a 300 million dollar tender, but once the project started the costs increased and the deadlines, therefore, have been postponed.
As if that weren't enough, a huge landslide near Ibe forced to revise the plans of the project - forcing them to extend the tunnel near Krrabë - and the government to request an additional loan to finish the works. Episodes that are only old memories today, as the Tirana-Elbasan highway, after seven long years, is finally over.