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Plan outlined for improved road to the mountains

People visiting the snow can cause huge jams on the current road

An improved timetable for the construction of a new Limassol to Troodos road was presented by Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou on Friday.

According to the timetable, presented to the House transport committee, work on the first part of the road, from Astromeritis to Evrychou, will begin in December 2020 with the aim to be complete by 2023.

Plans are also being made for the second part, a 19-kilometre long stretch from Denia to Astromeritis.

A request for tenders will be made in April 2023 while more detailed plans will be announced by March 2020.

The project aims to ease traffic by improving the road itself and a secondary road network.

Disy MP Efthymios Diplaros expressed his satisfaction at the president’s intention to implement the project.

He noted that for this project there is a specific budget for 2019.

Akel MP Christakis Iovanis talked about the necessity of the construction of the road and said his party will keep track of the developments.

Diko MP Marinos Moushouttas said the answers given by the minister were satisfactory.

“As Diko, we are aware of the difficulties and the financial cost that exists for the completion of this road.

At the same time, we should all be aware that residents and communities in the affected areas are experiencing road hazards as well as economic downturns, as the lack of an efficient road network is a deterrent to the wider west Nicosia region,” he noted.

He added following pressure from the committee the transport ministry has come up with a new timetable which is significantly improved.

“There remain some questions regarding technical procedures, such as the width of the road, but it was promised that they will be clarified within the timeframes that have been given.”

Traffic on the Nicosia to Troodos road is often heavy, especially during weekends both in winter and in summer, and it plans to widen the road have often been discussed. The highway leading out of Nicosia currently only runs as far as Denia, after which the roads is a single lane in either direction.

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