The realization of the proposed connection, spanning 8.5 km of open sea, is the response to the needs and
requirements of the metropolitan center of Thessaloniki and to the necessities of its inhabitants. While becoming
part of the freeway “Egnatia Odos” the project aims to improve the highway infrastructure system of the city. This
connection serves as an answer to the growing needs of the modern commuter of Thessaloniki thus completing and
improving it’s external ring road. The new highway, will by-pass the city centre offering immediate relief of traffic,
while ensuring faster overall travel times. The design is guided by the requirements and the limitations of the project
area, while taking in consideration the social, political and economic status of the city of Thessaloniki, respecting its
historical importance and contemplating on the preservation of the gulf’s ecosystem.