Recently, several important road projects have been completed in Crete. Some of them are part of an extremely important communication axis, which is the New National Road located in the north of Crete. This year, as part of the modernization of this artery, a long-awaited new section built at the height of Chemeizi near Sitia city was put into operation. Today, however, we would like to write to you about a completely different new road located in the Messara area.
In the film above, you can see how the new 16-kilometer stretch of road is the axis connecting the northern coast with the southern part of Crete. This long-awaited investment is part of one of the most important roads constituting a vertical communication artery on the route between Heraklion and the Messara area. It is a very busy route that thousands of cars pass every day. Many of them are large goods vehicles that transport, inter alia, agricultural produce produced by farmers gathered around the extremely fertile lands located in Messara.
According to information provided by the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, a new route allows you to save 15 minutes of time in relation to the old route. Three modern tunnels with a total length of about 1.6 km, as well as 5 bridges with a total length of 928 m allowed to reduce the distance between Agia Varvara and Moires. Drivers overcoming the new road will go about 5 kilometers less compared to the old road.
The Ministry also emphasizes that investment in a measurable way should also increase safety. Modern infrastructure, greater transparency of signage and better-equipped communication nodes should reduce the number of accidents. Of course, this aspect will also largely depend on the behavior and compliance of drivers who follow this path. For this reason, local authorities encourage everyone to drive a car in a manner consistent with the provisions of the traffic code.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the implementation of this investment was far from being considered a model one. In total, the completion time of all sections and engineering structures lasted for over 13 years and was marked by a number of long-term delays. Only the last 3 years of intensive work have allowed the completion of this project and putting it at the drivers' disposal.