Construction works for the Arber Highway, considered as the most important road segment of the country’s northeastern part, have started yesterday. This highway is the first road project as part of the list of roads that the government is planning to realize this year through concession agreements.
Part of this list are also five other projects of this nature, also planned to be implemented through public private partnerships. With a total of 140 billion lek, these projects are part of the “1 billion euro” program and the aim is to reconstruct the country’s infrastructure. One of these projects is the construction of the road segment linking Tirana to Thumana and Vora, which amounts to 34.3 billion lek. This project is followed by the road linking Kardhiq to Delvina, which the government is planning to pay through its own funds. The value of this project is 8.6 billion lek.
Another important project which is part of this list is the construction of the road linking Milot to Balldren, because it’s considered to be part of the Adriatic-Ionian highway in the northwestern part of the country. 18.2 kilometers long, the cost of this road is 14.2 billion lek. The list of the projects also includes the road linking Orikum to Himara which has a cost of 17.8 billion lek. All of these roads aim at building a new road network in the country and according to experts, this road network will be part of a wider regional network. As a result, although the costs are high, they have a regional importance and the government is looking to realize them, despite the cost.