Greece Interstate 8A

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Greece Interstate 8A, sometimes Greece Interstate 8 is a toll freeway running from Kifissou some from Skaramangas, outside athend to northeast of Patras, that once had two-lanes running for 70% of the freeway 45 km, now its 45%, 105 km, Patras-Rhion, Longos-Selimantika interchange, Aegion, Platanos to Akrata, Xylokastron interchange, Kiato interchange, Corinth to Kiphissou Ave, originally GR Interstate 7 interchange, East Corinth to south of Loutraki, north of Kineta to Kineta interchange and east Kakia Skala, Megara to Neos Peramos (Megali Pefko), Eleusis to Kifissou Ave. The freeway starts from Aspropyrgos to Patras, the remainder is a highway. The length was 215 km, now its 207 km. by a new beltway, a highway bypassing Patras It runs for E94 from Kifissou Ave in Athens to southwest of Corinth, E65 from Corinth to Rhion interchange, and E55 from Rhion to north of Patras. It was first opened in the 1960s. It was under construction from 1993 to 1997. And in Kakia Skala 2001 to around 2004. There are 4 tolls, originally there were 4 toll exits, but they are shut down in the present day: Eleusis Toll booth, Isthmia toll booth, Corinth toll Booth, and Rhion toll booth at the 205th km. This highway at Kakia Skala will serve until a new bridge linking Rhion and Antirrhion as the only road connecting the entire Peloponnese peninsula and the Greek mainland. 2 to 4 lanes with the only 2 roads.


History will change course making the eastern link from the peninsula to the mainland. This will eliminate much of the ferry service since oil carriers and oil vehicles will not be permitted, This bridge is done by a French architect. Several strikes came to crisis in Rhion which would make traffic congestion to a worse as traffic for Epirus may have a strong influence. Construction and reconstruction and renovations had made an influence on traffic congestion in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 (except Kakia Skala) and again in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with a high-speed rail and tunnel scheduled to open by 2004 at Kakia Skala. It caused road closures. Its length is almost over 7 years, 5 from 1993-1996, and 2 in 2002-2004 excluding the high-speed railway projects. One area was the Corinth Refinery, due to fumes, the freeway goes away from the refinery, to its north. That section opened in September, 1994. There is some other road connecting the peninsula and mainland NE of Loutraki but mostly graveled and serves routes from Thebes to Loutraki not as a main route. Lighting began for route west of Akrata interchange in the late-1980s. The last lighting project of that area was done at the northernmost point of the peninsula. The remainder continued west of Athens on a 6-lane freeway.

In late-January, protesters blocked both old highway and freeway by puuting guardrails over them. Milk was even spilled. Tractors are parkes on sides of the superhighway. This paralyze traffic from Western Greece and Athens. The location is where the old highway meets with an underpass over the freeway.

There have been road blockage near Aegion where protersters demanded more money to meet with the highest standards, cause protests and some sign damages (including the 172 km post facing the westbound lanes). Another round of olive oil? protesters burnt bushes and pulled over to block the entire freeway. It even took the 172nd km post sign as well. This one was east of the interchange. Both the old highway and the freeway remain closed. It happened on February 4, 2004. A day later, much of the bushes have been burnt. Protesters never stopped. Trucks are parked on both sides of the superhighway.

In the afternoon, protesters and farmers were on the old highway, and also set fire blocking the entire route. The police marched to the protestors, and were somewhere in a factory close by to a gas station. A battle between farmers and cops began in the olive fields off Aígio. Stones were being thrown at the shielded officers. Trucks were also parked on the side of the old highway.

Smoke became darker as protesters continue to block the entire road. Late-afternoon, bulldozers were removing ashes from the bushes, and firefighters were spraying out the fire in order to reopen the freeway to traffic again. Remnants of bushes were taken to a nearby landfill.

February 19, 2004, Round III of riots began north of 172nd km exit of GR-8A, and east the 147th exit. Farmers still demanded more money and better improvements. Around the afternoon, farmers were throwing rocks at police officers. This one lasted about 30 minutes. A small toilet container was tossed into the embankment at the eastbound lanes and caused minor damages. Later at night, it became extremely violent. Police were running to fight off protesters. This had cause several casualties, most of them were hit in the head. Police officers headed to a nearby tavern where protesters were being locked in. Tear gas were reported, but riots continued throughout the night. The freeway and the highway in Aigiera and Aigion were closed.

The future high-speed railway will run almost entirely from the Corinth Interchange in the west up to the junction with the Attiki Odos where it is within for the rest of its length.

Here are the complete listings of marking of the 8A, Patras-Corinth, Corinth-Athens Road, also Athens-Patras New National Road, posts are marked going west, the defunct routes means they are no longer operable by the federal government.:


KilometreFeatures, Interchanges, Junctions
4easternmost point of E94
5Thevon Avenue Interchange
27Thebes-Eleuthriae Interchange, now cloverleaf
28Athens Tollway (spur) junction, opened in 2004
30Eleusis toll booth
35Neos Peramos Interchange
42Megara/Old National Road (GR8) Interchange (westbound cloverleaf)
43Megara Rest Area, opened 1999
44Megara-Pachi Interchange (cloverleaf)
46easternmost point of Kakia Skala
52Westernmost point of Kakia Skala
52Old Kineta Interchange (closed 2001){
54New Kineta Interchange (cloverleaf), opened 1995
57Attica-Corinthia prefectural (departmental/provincial) boundary
62Aghioi Theodoroi Toll Interchange
68north of the refinery
72Isthmia Toll booth
73view of Kalamaki
74Corinth-Loutraki (Old GR-9) interchange (westbound), old toll booth
75Epidaurus (GR-70) Interchange
78West Corinth-Examili Interchange
80Tripoli (GR-7 E65) Junction, end of E94
82Argos, Nauplion-Lechaeum (GR-7) Interchange
90Corinth rest area (eastbound)
91Corinth Toll booth or station
102South Kiato Rest Area
106 and 107 2 overpasses
108Elissus/Elissos River
109Kiaton-Stymphalia Interchange
110Kiaton Rest Area (westbound)
125Xylokastron-Trikkala Interchange
146Parking area (both directions)
147Akrata-Aigiera Interchange
154ELPA Rest Area
158Kalavrita-Diacopton(um) Interchange
171Texaco Bon Voyage sign (torn down)
172Aegion-Pterion-Kalavrita Interchange
173GR31 overpass
174Aegion Rest Area (Shell gas station/gasbar)
175West Aegion
177West Aegion/Old GR-9 Interchange, (eastbound, partial) (cloverleaf)
181Longos-Selimantika-Old GR-8 Interchange
182view of Longos
183view of Seliamantika
184Low railway bridge
187Achaea and the Peloponnese's Northernmost point
205Rhion Toll booth or station
206Rhion Junction, access to Rio-Antirio Bridge
, Rio and the old road
207Patras Interchange, also access to Panachaiko
, access to Patras By-Pass, opened 2003
209 to 211 (2 to 4)Patras Tunnel
209(University of Patras-Proasteia Junction
212Pyrgos-Port of Patras Junction (opened 1996)
213Aretha Street Jct. (Skiessa-Hagyia) (former fourth route)
214Amerikis Street Jct. (fmr. third route)
215(Panepistemeiou Street
216Downtown Patras

Patras Bypass

The bypass of Patra/Patras is a superhighway runs from the Mintilogli exit (GR-9), 8.8 km S of Patras up to the Patras exit, nearly 7 km N of Patras.

The bypass began planning in the 1980s, but construction didn't began until the 1990s between Roitika and Mintilogli. Construction reached Dimikratias Street (GR-33) in 1992, the Glafkos river in about the mid-1990s, the tunnels in the late-1990s, and in 2001, the construction of the Patras interchange in the north and reached 99% completion in late-2002. In October of 2002, the perimeter was opened to traffic. Traffic in downtown decreased.

It was closed for a few days when a mudlisde was reported a month after its openinf, fortunately, the perimeter was reopened. The perimeter has five exits (four full and one partial with a northbound exit at the beginning .)

Order (south) Junction
Patras Bypass
1 4 tunnels
EXIT 2 (S)/4 (N): Egklykada Interchange
EXIT 3 Glafkos Interchange
EXIT 4 (S)/2 (N): Ovrya Interchange,
access to GR-33
EXIT 5 (N): Mintilogli Interchange,
access to Patras (N),
access to GR-9 (S)

GR-9 for southbound lanes of the bypass, (N) indicates northbound lanes and (S) indicates southbound lanes on the bottom part of the chart.

See also: List of Greek roads



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