Flamboura–Makelaria Monastery Road upgrade

Achaia Mountains (Panachaiki, Erymanthos and Helmos Mountain) are landscapes of natural beauty and of rich flora. Many beautiful and graphical villages like Kalavrita and others can be found along their hillsides. Kalavrita village is a famous tourist attraction, especially in the winter time, due to the local ski center that is regarded as one of the biggest in Greece. The greater area, with its impressive landscape and the significant cultural monuments, is ideal for visits and local excursions. The Monastery of Makelaria is one of the area’s most important landmarks; it is located on the top of a steep cliff and dates back to 532 AD.

However, the condition of the road network, which connects the small villages with each other, is rather poor. More specifically, the road that joins Flamboura village with the Monastery of Makelaria bears two kinds of surfaces: the one that is paved with asphalt but it is not well conserved and the unpaved one which is in fact the largest, followed by all the respective problems that emerge. The existing alignment is characterized by continuous turns and great inclinations.

In view of the above and in order to facilitate access from Kalavrita to Monastery of Makelaria, West Greece Region contracted, after holding a contest in 2005, CNWAY the preliminary design of the connection road of Flamboura and Monastery of Makelaria. The study was successfully completed in 2006.

Project facts:

  • Construction cost: 4,896,000€
  • Total design length: 14.5km
  • Design speed Ve=30–40 km/h
  • Total cross-section width 9,00m, with one lane per direction 3,75m wide for the 12.5km of total road length and respectively, a total cross-section width of 7.50m with one lane per direction 3.00m wide for the remaining 2.0km. In both occasions, the shoulders are 0.75m wide, on each side of the road.
  • Reconstruction of an old bridge
  • Provision of four (4) tubular and six (6) box culverts