A7 motorway (Cyprus)

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A7 Motorway
Paphos–Polis
Αυτοκινητόδρομος Πάφου–Πόλεως
A7 Motorway diagram
Route information
Major junctions
From: Agia Marinouda Interchange (A6)
To: New Polis Junction
Location
Regions: Paphos District
Highway system

Motorways and roads in Cyprus

A6 A9

The A7 is a planned Motorway to link the city of Paphos with Polis, a small town in the north west of the island.

Overview[edit]

This motorway is one of the oldest demands of locals, due to number of accidents happened on the B7 road (current route towards Polis), and due to the constant heavy traffic on it. Τhis is the first motorway project in Cyprus, which is going to be performed through the Design, Build, Finance and Operate method (DBFO). After several bureaucratic delays,[1] plans are completed, and offers were made from 5 construction consortia. Although at first it was decided that the consortium called "Kinyras" was the preferred bidder, Kinyras claiming rising costs due to the ongoing financial crisis raising its financial demands, hence putting the whole project in hiatus. Following government's refusal to pay more for an already expensive project, talks moved to the second preferred bidder the Austrian-Cypriot consortium "Strabag-Nemesis". If an agreement is reached construction can commence as soon as the first quarter of 2011 with a 2015 deadline.

Currently, the project is on hold, although the Government announced they are reassessing the design (August 2013) [2]

Project Details[edit]

The A7 will be the most expensive road project ever being held by the Republic of Cyprus, with an 447 million Euros price tag. Plans include 3 tunnels 7 bridges, 8 grade separated interchanges and 25 underpasses.[3] The scheme is projected to take 4,5 years to complete and it will branch off the A6 right after the Anatoliko Industrial zone exit and bear North. It will travel East of Armou and Marathounta, west of "Minthis Hills" Golf Resort, and Stroumpi where it will meet the current B7 road and follow the current path. Here on the Motorway will narrow down to two lanes till its terminus at Polis.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theodoulou, Jacqueline (October 13, 2005). "There are better places to spend £200m". Cyprus Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/08/14/on-again-off-again-paphos-polis-highway-could-be-on-again/ | On-again off-again Paphos-Polis highway could be on again
  3. ^ "Paphos-Polis Motorway, Environmental statement" (pdf). Public Works Department. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  4. ^ Makrides, Antonis (January 22, 2008). "€447m the Polis road". Politis news (in Greek). Retrieved 2008-01-23.