Deviation opens round battered Tripolis road

A new deviation on the crucial highway from Corinth to Tripolis in the Peloponnese will open to traffic today, considerably shortening a trip that became much longer after part of the road collapsed following heavy rain in February. During a visit yesterday to the site, in the vicinity of Sterna, near the town of Nemea, Public Works Minister Vasso Papandreou promised that the highway itself will be fully mended by the end of this year. Until now, motorists were forced to make a long detour around Sterna, squeezing through the old Corinth-to-Argos national road. Papandreou said the Sterna toll booths would start functioning again on May 5, but would charge 1.50 euros instead of the previous 2.70. She added that by June, ministry officials will know whether a deviation can be built round part of the Tripolis-to-Kalamata highway that was also destroyed by February’s rains.