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New Rio-Antirio bridge is well ahead of schedule and might even be ready for the Olympic Games

One of the largest projects ever undertaken in Greece is expected to be ready ahead of its December 24, 2004 schedule. According to the latest estimates, the bridge linking the western Peloponnese with central and northern Greece is likely to be ready in the fall of 2004, and if possible, in time for the Olympic Games in August. The northern coast of Achaia at Rio might be soon linked by an ultramodern bridge, but the two national highways leading to it, the Patras-Corinth and the Patras-Pyrgos highways, are two of the country’s most dangerous and deadly roads. As no repair work is foreseen on either of these two roads before the Olympics, visitors to Greece who arrive in the port of Patras and head toward either Athens or Ancient Oympia will have an unpleasant surprise in store. Not only will they be disappointed by the state of the roads but, if they are driving, they will be at risk of an accident, as they will be unaware of the many pitfalls en route.