The PPP tender for the road axis Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni is at an advanced stage. According to information, the next stage is for the contract to be approved by the Court of Auditors and then passed for ratification by the Hellenic Parliament and finally signed to begin, ideally within 2022.
The sponsoring scheme is AKTOR-INDRAKAT which managed to prevail in the relevant tender. Let us remember that the auction of the project started on June 19, 2019 with the expression of interest. Its duration was set at 30 years, four of which relate to the construction period. The cost of the project for the whole period was estimated at 312.23 million euros.
The duration of the PPP contract will be 360 months (30 years). Payment of the project will be made through availability payments or other installments during the period of operation.
It is noted that the project includes:
The improvement and upgrading of approximately 20 km of existing roads,
The construction of a new artery in a length of about 30 km,
The adaptation and improvement of 7 km of vertical road network,
The construction of a new side road network of 40 km,
The construction of 12 bridges
Many accompanying technical works such as level junctions, hydraulic works, retaining walls, etc.
Construction of 15 km of local access roads.
What will be constructed?
The Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni road axis is 49 kilometers long and has been designated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport as part of the country’s Secondary National Network.
More specifically, the Pylos-Methoni section belongs to National Road No. 9, Kalo Nero-Pylos-Methoni and the Pylos-Kalamata section belongs to National Road 82, Sparti-Kalamata-Messini-Velika-Hatzi-Pylos.
The works that will take place will upgrade the existing axis to express traffic level axis raising the levels of road safety, reducing the required times and will help the further development of the area.
Specifically, the following upgrades will be made per department:
Section 1: Kalamata-Rizomylos of length 16.4 km (Kalamata-Asprochoma-Messini entrance, Messini bypass, Messini exit-Velika connection with the approved study for the Rizomylos-Pylos road section).
The road drawing moves generally speaking on plain and in parts in hilly relief, having gentle longitudinal slopes along its longest length. The specific section includes: improvement of the geometric and functional characteristics of the existing National Road, restoration of the local network, bypassing the city of Messina with a new alignment, development of level junctions, development of bridging of the Pamisos River and three bridging of streams crossing the artery, development underpasses, construction of box culverts, development of drainage projects.
Section 2: Rizomylos-Pylos 24.4 km long (Rizomilos-Soulinari and Soulinari-Pylos).
This section is part of the National Road 82 “Sparti-Kalamata-Messini-Velika-Hatzi-Pylos” starting from the existing road to Pylos located at a distance of approximately 600 meters southwest of the intersection to Gialova. The end of the line is located in the village of Rizomylos, where it joins the road axis Kalamata-Rizomylos (section 1). The drawing is a road project between provinces/settlements. The road drawing has gentle longitudinal gradients throughout most of it.
Section 3: Pylos-Methoni, 7.9 km long (Pylos-Komvos Finikountas-Methoni).
The starting point of the axis is located on the existing Pylos-Methoni National Road and coincides with the end of the project “single bypass of Gialova and Pylos). The end of the road drawing is located at the northern entrance of the city of Methoni.
The overall goal of the project is to improve the geometric and functional features of the existing road network, as well as to upgrade road safety. The road bypass of the city of Messini and the rest of the settlements up to Pylos will be done with a layout compatible with the General Town Planning Plans for the best possible outcome.
With its upgrade, the Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni axis will relieve traffic at the existing junction of the old Kalamata-Messina National Road, which during peak hours operates at an intolerable level of service with long delays and traffic blockages.
It will also ensure a better connection with Messini and the settlements west of it up to Methoni. Finally, it improves road access to the Kalamata airport, the Moreas highway and the Kalamata hospital, as well as industrial facilities in the area.