Regional Broadband Infrastructure Development

Mediterranean Corridor: Construction of Tirana Bypass (Kashar - Vaqarr - Mullet)

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Project Financing

WBIF Grant WB7-ALB-TRA-12 € 1,000,000
EBRD Loan € 109,208,257
WBIF Grant WB16-ALB-TRA-02 € 1,500,000
Beneficiary Contribution Own Contribution € 7,342,770
WBIF Grant WB-IG05-ALB-TRA-01 € 31,882,064
Total € 150,933,091
Total Grants € 34,382,064
Total Loans € 109,208,257

Project Description

Albania has seen a massive increase in the level of vehicle ownership, from a base-line of virtually zero in 1990. Private car ownership particularly has increased 152 % in the period 2000-2008, yet still stands well below the European average. A continuous rise in car ownership is therefore inevitable. This increase has had a huge impact on the straining road infrastructure and in particular the severe congestion experienced in the capital, Tirana. The congestion has knock-on detrimental effects: lost time for travelling in the city and inevitably air pollution. In order to address the current congestion issues, a 20 km bypass has been proposed, to run between Kashar and Mullet via Vaqarr in Tirana.

The WBIF allocated a €1,000,000 EU grant in June 2012 for the preparation of the feasibility study and associated designs. The study was completed in May 2014 and showed high return on investment. Further project preparatory work is due in order to finalize the designs to the level of detail required. 

Results and Benefits

  • reduction of traffic congestion, reduction of vehicle operating costs and travel times, increased productivity and improved accessibility to/from the region
  • reduction of noise levels and exhaust emissions in Tirana city
  • reduction of traffic accidents in Tirana city and its suburban areas
  • Countries: Albania
  • Code: PRJ-ALB-TRA-005
  • Sector: Transport
  • Monitor IFI: EBRD
  • Status: Preparation
  • Beneficiary: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Albania
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