TIRANA, August 30
The bid on Vlora and Fier bypass roads will open again this year. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced the official launch of procedures for the retendering of the two above-mentioned contracts.
Meanwhile, official authorities from the Albanian Road Authority confirmed for local media that this process is expected to last two months.
The construction of these two important axes in the southern region started in 2013. The cost of the bid for both works was Euro 74.8 million.
Fier bypass road was expected to end by April 2016 and Vlora bypass road was foreseen to finish this year. But, the Italian company that won the bid went bankrupt and abandoned the projects. The Albanian government paid about Euro 25 million to the Italian company.
Most of the work for Fier bypass road is done. According to the Albanian Road Authority, it will be completed in three months from the contract assignment. It includes the civil works associated with the construction of a 22km dual carriageway bypass road between the cities of Fier and Levan linking the Lushnje-Fier road section in the north and the Levan-Vlore and Levan – Tepelena road sections in the south of Albania that are under construction.
Meanwhile, Vlora bypass road is expected to last two more years. It includes the construction of a 29 km road network bypassing the City of Vlore in order to improve the road traffic flow along the southern coast of Albania. This bypass starts from the southern end of the Fier/Vlore Autobahn around the north and east of Vlore, skirting the villages of Babice and Kanine. From Kanine the bypass runs parallel to the coastline, at an approximate distance of 1 to 2 km, until it connects with the existing Orikum to Sarande Road.