Motorway 8 (Greece)
|Part of E94 and E65|
|Maintained by Olympia Odos S.A.|
|Length:||215 km (134 mi)|
|Existed:||2008 – present|
|Regions:||Attica, Peloponnese, West Greece|
|Major cities:||Eleusis, Corinth, Aigio|
|Motorways in Greece|
Motorway 8 (Greek: Αυτοκινητόδρομος 8), also commonly referred to as "Olympia Odos", is a major motorway in Greece, partially under construction. The motorway connects Athens with Patras in southwestern Greece, spanning a total of 215 km (134 mi). It replaces Greek National Road 8A, which is being upgraded to modern motorway standards. The completion date of the €2.8 billion project was scheduled for 2014. As of 2012[update], the easternmost section between Corinth and Eleusis of the A8 motorway has been completed.
Olympia Odos Operations will maintain and operate the road for a total of 30 years. Operations will include Two state-of-the art Traffic Control Centers will be built and operate 24/7 in order to handle emergency calls, as well as monitor traffic situations and contact emergency services when needed. Also included, will be 24/7 patrols, worksite protection, timley detection and response to incidents, and special services in the winter.
During the construction phase, routine maintenance and work for all parts of the infrastructure of the existing National roads will be conducted.
As of 2012[update], there are 4 toll stations in the GR-8A/A8: at Eleusis, the Isthmus, Zevgolateio and Rio. The section between Eleusis and Corinth has 3 lanes per direction. There are service areas in Nea Peramos, Megara, Isthmus, Kiato, Akrata and Aigio.
The construction of the A8 and the southern section of the A5 (Patras - Pyrgos - Tsakona) by Olympia Odos S.A. is the largest and most challenging project currently undertaken in Greece, and one of the most complex ones in Europe." The project was expected to take six years to complete, and dust, noise, air pollution and potentially heavy traffic will have to be dealt with on a daily basis. The 365 km (227 mi) motorway will be a toll-road linking Athens to Tsakona through Corinth and Patras in the south-west of the Peloponnese. 82 km (51 mi) of motorway already exist, 120 km (74.56 mi) need to be upgraded and widened, and 163 km (101 mi) of new motorway will be built. The project also includes the construction of 19 km (12 mi) of tunnels and twenty interchanges.
Due to the Greek government-debt crisis, the project has been delayed considerably. The Greek government has not been able to deliver all the required land to the Olympia Odos consortium, and construction works have not started on those sections. As of September 2011[update], the completion date is unclear.
|Elefsina to Corinth||63.2 km (39.27 mi)||Existing motorway; To be modified to current motorway standards.|
|Corinth to Patras||120 km (74.56 mi)||New motorway to be built; located near or parallel to existing Greek National Road 8A|
|West Attica||1||Eleusis east||GR-8||Eastern terminus of the motorway|
|4||Megara east, Nea Peramos|
|Ancient Corinth||End of the dual carriageway section, start of the Greek National Road 8A|
|University of Patras|
|Rio interchange||A5||Western terminus of the Greek National Road 8A|
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