|Beneficiary Contribution||Own Contribution||€ 21,993,379|
|Total Grants||€ 2,500,000|
|Total Loans||€ 109,966,897|
Albania has seen a massive increase in the level of vehicle ownership, from a base-line of virtually zero in 1990. Private car ownership particularly has increased 152 % in the period 2000-2008, yet still stands well below the European average. A continuous rise in car ownership is therefore inevitable. This increase has had a huge impact on the straining road infrastructure and in particular the severe congestion experienced in the capital, Tirana. The congestion has knock-on detrimental effects: lost time for travelling in the city and inevitably air pollution. In order to address the current congestion issues, a 20 km bypass has been proposed, to run between Kashar and Mullet via Vaqarr in Tirana.
The WBIF allocated a €1,000,000 EU grant in June 2012 for the preparation of the feasibility study and associated designs. The study was completed in May 2014 and showed high return on investment. Further project preparatory work is due in order to finalize the designs to the level of detail required.