Tirana-Dibra Arber Motorway Construction (PPP)

Arber Highway Project

Locations

Type

Road

Status

Under Construction

Total Reported Cost

Initiatives

Start Date

March 2018

Start of Construction

Planned Completion Date

2022

Implementers

Operators

Funders

Source(s) Amount
None USD
None USD

Description

The two-lane highway is designed to link the Albanian capital, Tirana, with the isolated Dibra region on the Macedonian border through a shortcut into the mountainous area in central Albania. The segment is expected to be just 26.8 km long and aims to shorten the current route by more than 74 km, cutting travel time from 4 to 1.5 hours.

Albanian government and China's Exim Bank signed in December 2014 (during the China-CESEE summit) a memorandum of cooperation under which Exim Bank will finance the completion of Arber motorway towards FYR Macedonia and further to Bulgaria, linking the Albanian Ionian Sea coast and the Bulgarian Black See coast. Works on the motorway started several years ago but construction slowed after the 2010 floods that hit northern Albania, prompting the government to re-allocate some of its planned capital expenditures toward the rehabilitation of the flooded areas.