CONNECTA starts the technical assistance for improving road safety conditions along high risk sections in the TEN-T indicative core/comprehensive road networks in the Western Balkans

The kick-off meeting to mark the start of the CONNECTA sub-project ‘Preparation of selected main/detail designs for improving road safety conditions (risk elimination) along high risk sections in the TEN-T indicative core/comprehensive road networks in the Western Balkans’ was held in Belgrade on 6 February.

The scope of the CONNECTA technical assistance is to develop mature project documentation on the level of detail design for sustainable road safety interventions on 10 road sections of a total length of approximately 300 km.

The list of sections to be designed as well as other information (including corridor/route and network – core/comprehensive), is as follows:

  1. ALB Shkoder – Koplik (length 13km) – route 2b – core
  2. ALB Fushe Kruje – Lezhe (length 35.9km) – route 2b – core
  3. BiH Ozimica – Topčić Polje (24 km) – corridor Vc – core
  4. BiH Jablanica – Potoci (36.3km) – corridor Vc – core
  5. KOS Fushe Kosove – Gjurgjice (28km) – route 6b – comprehensive
  6. MKD Bitola – Prilep (42 km) – corridor Xd – comprehensive
  7. MNE Podgorica – Mioska (54 km) – route 4 – core
  8. SRB Bubanj Potok – Mali Požarevac (20.6 km) – corridor x – core
  9. SRB Stepojevac – Ćelije (22.1 km) – route 4 – core
  10. SRB Orlovača – Stepojevac (22.1km) – route 4 – core

This technical assistance derives from the completed CONNECTA regional study in road safety (Preparation of Road Safety Inspection and Audit Plans for core/comprehensive road network in Western Balkans (WB6) and Pilots) where among other tasks, Road Safety Inspections were performed along high risk sections of the core/comprehensive network.

The Western Balkans summit in Poznan, held in July 2019, endorsed the improvement of road safety conditions along the core/comprehensive network in the Western Balkans as one of the regional Transport Community priorities, for which mobilization of assistance will start immediately.

The implementation of foreseen interventions is expected to contribute to:

  • Reduction of the number of road accidents;
  • Reduction of the severity of road accidents, hence of their consequences (fatalities and serious injuries);
  • Improved safety indices;
  • Lower risk factors; and
  • Safer infrastructure.

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Additional information on the assignment can be obtained by contacting Giorgos Xanthakos, CONNECTA Deputy Team Leader, at giorgos.xanthakos@connecta-ta.eu .

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