Studies for the Northern Road Axis of Crete to be completed
The studies of the Ministry of Infrastructure for the final drawing of the Northern Road Axis of Crete (BOAK) are going to the Ministry of Environment, during the next quarter of the year, according to the competent minister, Costas Ah. Karamanli.
According to the Minister of Infrastructure, all studies will be submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Environment, to go through environmental licensing.
Responding to a topical question from SYRIZA Heraklion MP, Haris Mamoulakis, about the "need to upgrade the five uneven junctions of BOAK in the Heraklion area", the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport said that the full range of preliminary studies has been completed and during the next quarter of the year, all studies will be submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Environment, to go through environmental licensing.".
Mr. Karamanlis also noted that his ministry has awarded since 09/11/2020, a contract of consultants to examine the issues of the 5 nodes in Heraklion, including the bypasses in Chania and Rethymnon.
According to the latest planning, the BOAK extends from Kissamos to Sitia and is divided, according to the way of their tender, into three separate parts, which are as follows:
1. Kissamos to Hersonissos, to be auctioned as a concession contract
2. The Hersonissos - Neapoli section that will be auctioned as a PPP project
3. The Neapoli - Sitia section, that will be auctioned as a public project
The choice to implement parts of it with a Concession Agreement or a PPP contract or as a public project has been made based on models, which were based on very specific parameters, such as construction costs, traffic loads, and expected crossings.
The Thick Sand - Ierapetra section, which will have two lanes in each direction with a separated road, will be included in the future in programs co-financed by the NSRF.
The total budget of the project amounts to approximately € 1.5 billion, of which € 800 million will be based on the financial contribution of the Greek State that will be covered by the grants of the Recovery Fund.