Long-term strategies for much-needed road development projects in Paphos were the focus of discussions on Friday between the transport minister Alexis Vafeadis and local council representatives.

With the aim of promoting road development projects in the four municipalities, Vafeadis, met with the municipal councils of Geroskipou, Paphos, Pegeia and Polis Chrysochous.

In statements after his meeting with the mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, Vafeadis described the meeting as constructive.

He said the transport ministry would do everything possible to help implement the mayor’s vision to overcome not only the problems they face today, but also in the future for any problem that may arise.

During the meeting, the mayor of Paphos raised the issue of the project for the unification of the archaeological sites of Kato Paphos, Phase B of the project for the road in the tourist area and Paphos international airport and the pending issue concerning the section from the river of Ezousa to Paphos airport.

For his part, the mayor of Paphos, in his statements after the end of the meeting, referred to the positive response of the minister of transport to the problems posed.

Meanwhile, the issue of the maintenance of Paphos’ road network was also discussed, and which Phedonos said is the responsibility of the Department of Public Works.

He also raised the issue of moving a warehouse belonging to the department of public works to an area outside the municipality’s boundaries, due to nuisance.

In terms of the town’s image, Phedonos referred to the islet of the Paphos-Limassol motorway towards the entrance of Paphos, describing the situation as tragic due to the weeds. “The picture is unacceptable,” he added.

“We will monitor the implementation and resolution of what we discussed and decided today. From time to time such meetings will be held to make an assessment of what has been done, what is pending and what has come up,” Phedonos said.

He added that the most basic thing that the transport minister said is that “we must plan strategically and long-term”, he concluded.

The government in May 2021 signed a contract for a €86.8m project involving the construction of a stretch of road between Ayia Marinouda and Stroumpi, which is part of the new Paphos to Polis road.

Communities in northern Paphos have long been pressing for the construction of a highway they say is essential to end the isolation which is holding back economic growth in the area.

The contract, awarded to Greek company Intrakat, entails the design and construction of a 15.5-kilometre two-lane road from Ayia Marinouda to Stroumpi and a study to upgrade it into a motorway in the future.

The project includes a flyover junction connecting it with the Limassol to Paphos motorway and a roundabout in Tsada where it terminates.

It would also have two tunnels, measuring 720 and 290 metres respectively, five bridges measuring 1,500m, nine underpasses and two overpasses.

Additional lanes measuring 12km will also be constructed to ease traffic in areas with uphill sections.