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Rreshen-Kalimash Motorway, Albania

General Directorate for Roads




Project:                 Rreshen-Kalimash Motorway (61 km)
Client:                    REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA, General Directorate for Roads
Designers:            EGIS ROUTE (France) - sections 1 and 3
ITALCONSULT (Italy) - section 2
Scope of
services:               Consulting services and technical supervision services
Value of
investment:          € 830 M
Duration of
project: 2007 - 2010
The motorway section Rreshen - Kalimash is a part of the Durres - Morine corridor by which the biggest Albanian port of Durres is connected with Kosovo.
This 61 km long section is the most demanding part of this corridor as it passes through the central mountainous part of the route, with very difficult and problematic terrain configuration. It is also the most isolated and poorest part of the country. This motorway is the first four-lane motorway in Albania and the country's largest infrastructural investment to this date. Upon completion, this motorway will greatly reduce travelling time from the capital city of Tirana to the frontier with Kosovo.
To enable faster and simultaneous work, the route was divided into three sections:
Section 1: Rreshen - Reps, 19 km in length, Section 2: Reps - Thirre 27 km in length, Section 3: Thirre - Kalimash.
A 5.5 km long tunnel with two tubes is also situated on this section. The tunnel passes through the Thirre Mountain whose biggest peak is situated at approximately 1800 m ASL. In addition, there are 29 bridges along the route, with the total length of about 4.5 km. Retaining walls are present in the total length of about 6.5 km. The massive nature of the project is best illustrated by the quantity of earthworks: 30 million cubic metres of excavation, and about 13 million cubic metres of fill. Other than the mentioned 5.5 km long double tube tunnel, which was the most demanding structure on the project, some other very significant engineering achievements have also been made on this section: a bridge with piers 85 m in height, fill 60 m in height, and a gabion wall 40 m in height.
The entire route and structures along the route have been designed and realized in compliance with current European regulations and standards.
Due to complex geological conditions, the project was a big challenge to all participants, and so unforeseen situations were not uncommon during construction, which called for modifications and additional design work. Obviously, this also resulted in cost increase well above the initially planned expenditures.
IGH team also had a significant role on the project. In its capacity as consultant and supervising engineer, it provided technical, financial and contract management services to the client. The contract was based on FIDIC (Red Book).
As to its organization, the supervising team consisted of 5 permanent experts from Croatia who occupied key positions, plus several other experts that were engaged from time to time, some thirty members from Albania, and several experts from Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Further information can be obtained from:
·          Mladen Jelačić, B.Sc. (Civ.Eng.), 098 9844 265
·          Anton Filipović, B.Sc. (Civ.Eng.), 098 9844 032
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