Safety is TAP’s number one priority, so the aim was to mitigate the risks of project construction traffic for the residents of the area. As a result, the transport of machinery for the construction of the pipeline will completely bypass four villages and approximately 2,000 residents near Bilisht over the next two years.
The decision for the construction of the new road was made after extensive consultation with the Municipality of Devoll. The new road will avoid heavy traffic on the existing road axis that connects Bilisht with Vishocica and the surrounding area.
After the bulk civil engineering works are complete, the new road will also facilitate transport for farmers and agricultural machinery, further easing traffic in the area. “The new road will help me move my tractor and other machinery needed to cultivate my land and care for my crops,” a farmer from Vishocica said.
The Mayor of Devoll Bledjon Nallbati, TAP Senior Site Representative Gerard Long and TAP Community Liaison Coordinator (CLC) Alketa Zallemi, along with representatives from the Joint Venture Renco-Terna Ioannis Litos and Paolo Curzi joined residents of the area in opening the road to TAP construction traffic.
TAP’s overall campaign to improve road infrastructure started in July 2015. During the first phase, more than 58 km of roads were rehabilitated, 2 new bridges were built and 40 existing bridges were upgraded. The second phase comprises the rehabilitation of another 120 km of roads, of which more than 60 km have already been upgraded.