Improvement of the road between Kato Pyrgos and Limnitis/Yeşilırmak (7th crossing)

What is the project about

OPENING OF THE NEW CROSSINGOpening of the new road between Kato Pyrgos and Limnitis/Yeşilırmak, 14 October 2010 ©United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

The road between Kato Pyrgos and Limnitis/Yeşilırmak lies in the west of the island. The road connecting the two villages had not been used for many years and had fallen into disrepair, being unable to cater for traffic and heavy vehicles. Its opening, as the seventh crossing of the island, demanded extensive redevelopment works.

Under the EU-funded “Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community”, UNDP-PFF was entrusted to conduct a feasibility study and a survey for the improvement of the road in Cyprus. After a procurement process, a joint venture between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot engineering companies was contracted.

The feasibility study of the project focused on the investigation, assessment and survey needed to prepare the road designs and the preparation of the tending documents for the upgrading of the existing two sections of the road.

The final project encompassed the upgrading of two sections of the road. The upgrading of SECTION A - which was funded by the Republic of Cyprus - covered the section of the road located in the buffer zone, whilst the upgrading works within SECTION B – which covered the section of the road located in the northern part of Cyprus – was funded by the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

What have we accomplished so far

 DURING THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS OF THE NEW ROADThe feasibility study and the construction works were performed by a joint venture between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot engineering and construction companies

The project involved the upgrading of the road. The contracted Joint Venture, which brought together Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot companies, upgraded a section of approximately 6.1 Km, of which 1.8 km are located in the United Nations controlled buffer zone – section A -, and the remaining 4.3 km are located in the northern part of the island – section B.

More specifically the project encompassed:
- Construction of retaining walls;
- Construction of culverts in order to facilitate the flow of water in the low areas and valleys
- Placement of road signs and road markings for traffic management and safety
- Installation of guardrails where necessary along the road

Within section B, the project also inlcuded the construction of 1.5Km long new road (including road’s pavement and shoulders on both sides) and of an underpass that facilitated the use of the existing dirt road.

Results

  • By 2011, 80,000 crossing have taken place along the newly improved road
  • Improved road’s conditions between the two locations and facilitation of civilian traffic through this area.
  • Facilitation of intra island movement
  • Concrete evidence that business partnerships between the two communities are possible. And they could bring benefits not only to the daily life in both communities but also in order to boost the overall re-unification process of the island.

Who finances it?



Donor Funding
European Union  2.500,000 EUR
(from Upgrading of Local and Urban Infrastructure)
USAID  660,000 EUR
Government of Cyprus  2,000,000EUR
Total Amount 5,160,000 EUR