Government of Albania has approved today (12.04) a decision to give way to the construction of northeastern highway also known as the Road of Arber.
The cost of this project is 250 million euros.
The government has decided to select a private company for the construction of this highway which is expected to connect Tirana to Dibra, a city near the border with FYROM.
The government’s decision also provides a bonus for the company which will be selected to build this road. The company will spend around 190 million euros of its own money, while the state will pay 60 million euros from the budget during the construction period.
The construction of this road must be completed within the next four years.
Once the company completes the construction, the company will be paid by installments from the state budget for a period which may span up to 15 years, based on the 1 billion euro reconstruction program launched by the government.
Currently, 20.1 km have been completely built as part of the Road of Arber, while 15 other km have been partially completed.
The private company has proposed an option, according to which the total length of the road will be 69 km and this length also includes a tunnel. Besides the construction, the company also requests the maintenance of the road and the tunnel for a period of 10 years after the construction.
The construction of Road of Arber has been promised by many governments in the past 20 years. The most serious one was the one made by former Prime Minister Berisha’s government in 2010, but the floods in Shkoder diverted funds and the road was partially built. /balkaneu.com/