Albania needs to invest Euro 1 milliard for the roads

The EU delegation in Tirana presented the transportation strategy for Albania during the years 2016 – 2020 with details of all interventions and priorities. There are 10 new projects intended for the roads system, starting from a new ring road in Tirana for which Euro 108.5 million are needed, 4 bypass roads in Elbasan, Tepelena, Lezha and Gjirokastra, which need Euro 24 to 35 million. There are projects for national roads in northern Albania, which will connect Fushe Kruja with Thumana (Euro 90 million), Thumana-Kashar (Euro 47.65 million); the completion of the Kukes-Morina road, (24 million EUR), whereas for doubling the lanes in the Milot-Morina road, (Euro 42.5 million). The only road in Southern Albania is the one of the Vlore River, Euro 70.2 million project for which the funds have been provided. Euro 493 million are needed in total for the new roads. Euro 128 million are foreseen for maintenance, Euro 55 million for maintaining secondary roads, and Euro 333 million will be used for the other projects. Now it is up to the government to provide the funds. According to a study, Albania should invest 2.5% of the GDP per years. The study foresees that the railway needs Euro 127 million, mostly for the Tirana-Durres line. Euro 10 million should be invested for aviation, Euro 8 million for sea transportation, Euro 43 million for combined intermodal transport.