The highly-anticipated renovation works of Panepistimiou Street, in the centre of Athens, have commenced with the section between Amerikis and Sina Streets being the first part of the project to take place.
Work began on Sunday the 28th of November, 2021, with this part of the revamp expected to be completed by March, 2022.
The new 3 million euro eco-friendly project is said to create an additional 19,360 m2 of public space and 2,260 m2 of green areas, which will include 87 new trees, as well as bike routes and recreational areas. The project has been influenced by similar urban plans that can be found in other European cities including Paris and Berlin.
The renovation also includes the creation of new sitting areas, as well as new public fountains with drinking water to cut down on plastic waste in the capital; plus much-needed mobility ramps.
“Panepistimiou is changing, the works on Panepistimiou has begun and in about a year the most important thoroughfare between Omonoia and Syntagma will have changed,” said Deputy Mayor Vasilis Axiotis.
Panepistimiou St, covers a great part of the city’s centre including all the major banks, ministerial seats, universities, and a variety of stores.
Some shopping arcades are found along its length, as well as several museums and historical buildings such as the National Library, the Greek University, and other well-known sites. The long road starts at Amalias Ave and ends at Alexandras Ave.