Tirana-Elbasan Road Ready within 2017
Albanian Daily News
Published October 16, 2017
The Tirana-Elbasan road it is almost finished and the project is scheduled for completion by end-2017. This was confirmed during the last visit of a delegation of technical experts from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD.
They visited Albania to review the status of three of its financed projects, the Tirana River Rehabilitation project, Tirana River Northern Boulevard project, and Tirana-Elbasan Road project.
This Road project, funded with an AED183 million concessionary loan. The works include the construction of a 28.2 meter wide, 27 km long highway with a 2.2 km long two-lane tunnel that will ensure smooth flow of traffic between the Albanian capital Tirana and the country's third-largest city of Elbasan.
During the visit, the delegation toured the project sites and met with Albanian government officials including Gelardina Prodani, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, Arbjan Mazniku, Deputy Mayor of Tirana, and representatives of the Albanian Road Authority.
The parties discussed ADFD's funding parameters and guidelines. The delegation received an update on the progress of the development projects that have a combined value of AED423.6 million.
The Fund provided an AED103 million concessionary loan for the Tirana River Rehabilitation project in 2013. After inspecting the site, the delegation concluded that 70 percent of the river rehabilitation works have been completed and the project is slated for handover by Q2, 2018.
As for the Tirana River Northern Boulevard project, the Fund provided an AED137 million concessionary loan. The delegation confirmed that 50 percent of the work has been completed, including a two-storey underground car park with 333 parking spaces, equipped with an electric vehicle charging station.