Moreas Motorway

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A7 motorway
Αυτοκινητόδρομος 7
Moréas Motorway
Αυτοκινητόδρομος Μωρέας
Route information
Part of Tabliczka E65.svg E65
Length: 205 km (127 mi)
Existed: 1992 – present
Major junctions
From: Corinth
To: Kalamata
Regions: Peloponnese
Major cities: Corinth, Tripoli, Kalamata
Highway system
Motorways in Greece

The Moreas Motorway (Greek: Αυτοκινητόδρομος Μωρέας, designated: A7) is a motorway in Peloponnese, Greece. Locally it is known as the Moréas (Μωρέας), which was the medieval name of the Peloponnese. The A7 begins just west of the Isthmus of Corinth, branching off from Greek National Road 8A (which is now integrated into the Olympia Odos). It connects Corinth and Kalamata via Tripoli.

As of December 2012, the motorway section between Corinth and Kalamata is fully constructed and operational, except a remaining bridge section near Kalamata to be completed by 2013. The A7 will have a motorway branch from Lefktro to Sparta that is under construction; this branch will be numbered A71.[1]

As part of the concession agreement between the Greek state and the consortium operating the motorway (Moreas S.A.), the latter is responsible for constructing, operating, maintaining and modernizing the A7. In existing sections of the motorway, improvements include the straightening of dangerous curves, constructing new tunnels, completing the Artemision tunnel, adding more light fixtures and upgrading the median throughout.[2]

Moreas Motorway.
Moreas Motorway (A7).


History and additional information[edit]

The Corinth-Tripoli segment was constructed between 1984 and 1990. It officially became part of the Greek road network in 1992. Prior to that, the Greek National Road 7 (GR-7) was the only road connecting Corinth and Tripoli via Nemea / Dervenakia, Argos and Achladokampos. This was a two-lane road with dangerous curves, especially in the "Kolosoúrtis" (Κωλοσούρτης) section west of Myli; the road exists to this day and is open to local traffic. The A7 motorway has been credited with spearheading Tripoli's economic growth.[3]

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