The Cyprus government has pledged €60 million to improve a stetch of road leading into Troodos which has claimed the lives of eight people since 2011.
The most recent road fatality along the 11km Astromeritis to Evrychou road occured on Friday and saw 21-year-old Astromeritis resident Pantelis Demou killed when his car overturned.
His death prompted a renewed call for action and the creation of a proper motorway (as opposed to the single carriageway) in the area between Astromeritis and Evrychou and particularly including the perilous 11km stretch between Astromeritis and Atsas.
Communications Minister Marios Demetriades on Tuesday promised residents of the area that he would by the end of this year “instruct the Finance Mnsitry to include the project in the State Budget” for 2019.
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The state had previously promised to have the work completed by the end of 2014.
Demetriades was speaking during a visit to the Solea valley region, situated some 56km from both Nicosia and Limassol.
The construction work would have to be carried out in two phases – the first involving a stretch from Akaki to Astromeritis and the second involving Astromeritis to Evrychou. The second phase is expected to cost €60m.
An accident on March 20, 2011 saw a 39-year-old man killed after his car collided with another vehicle carrying a 36-year-old woman and three children aged 15, 12 and five.
On November 29 that same year a 47-year-old man lost his life after his car collided with a truck.
Then, on April 25, 2013 two men, aged 22 and 21 died in yet another accident after a car driven by a third young man veered off the road and, after colliding with a tree, overturned. The driver survived.
On February 21, 2014 a 32-year-old man died after being thrown out of the car when it crashed. His 38-year-old passenger was also thrown out of the vehicle but survived.
Also in 2014, but on July 15, a 26-year-old woman died after losing control of her car and veering off the road.
Moving ahead to July 3, 2016 when a 69-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car and killed as she was attempting to cross the road.