Hill International continues implementing vital infrastructure projects in Southeastern Europe with award to provide project management services for the Llogara Tunnel in Albania
PHILADELPHIA and TIRANA, Albania – Hill International (NYSE:HIL), delivering the infrastructure of change, announced today it was awarded, as leader of an international consortium, a contract from the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to provide Project Management services for the construction of the Llogara Tunnel.
Located in the southwestern part of the Albanian coast in the Vlora region, the 155-million-euro project will provide a roadway under the Llogara pass, reducing the driving time from Vlora to Saranda by approximately 40 minutes as well as improving driver safety. Scheduled for completion in early 2025, the project will also support increased tourism in the region.
The tunnel and adjacent route total 7,42 km. The tunnel length is 6 km, and the roadway includes two bridges with a 110-meter-long main bridge. The tunnel will be composed of the main tube, which will support bi-directional traffic (one lane per direction) and a parallel emergency escape tunnel (also approximately 6 km long). In the main traffic tube, there will be lay-by niches every 500 meters with cross passages. The tunnel will have a maximum overburden of approximately 900 meters. The main tube, niches, laybys, connecting facilities, and the parallel emergency escape tunnel will be constructed by the conventional New Austrian Tunneling Method.
Hill Country Manager Yannis Kirkinezis, who will oversee the Hill team’s efforts for the tunnel, explained, “This is a transformative, long anticipated project in Albania, and we’re eager to help realize the Ministry’s vision for the region.”
Manolis Sigalas, Hill First Vice President & Managing Director Southern Europe, stated on the award: “We are delighted to be selected for this significant project that will improve connectivity and road safety, and that will also support the country’s efforts to grow its tourism sector”.
Hill International CEO Raouf Ghali added, “Our teams in Eastern Europe excel at delivering transformative infrastructure projects like the Llogara Tunnel, and I know Manolis, Yannis, and their PM experts will make certain this project enjoys the success our clients expect.”
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