Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos on Tuesday said the new bypass in Athienou would improve the standard of living of the area's residents.
Speaking at the secondary road's inauguration, the minister also noted that at a length of 1,900m and including two roundabouts, the bypass had turned out shorter than first estimated and so had cost less, €2.7 million instead of €3m.
"We are delivering to the residents of this outlying area, who live, breathe and develop next to the shameful line of Turkish occupation, a work that will upgrade their infrastructure and quality of life," Mitsopoulos said.
He said that the west bypass was one of the most significant developments in the area towards the municipality's efforts to develop Athienou into a modern, developing European town.
"Due to the commendable efforts of Athienou Municipality to obtain the consent of most of the affected landowners prior to the appropriation process, the Public Works Department in cooperation with the Town Planning department was able to immediately begin work in cooperation with the Larnaca District Engineering Bureau," Mitsopoulos said.
He added that the bypass was one of the largest projects every carried out by the Public Works Department "using its own workforce and in connection to both study and execution."
The bypass also includes pavements, walkways and green areas as well as irrigation, modern road lighting and drainage systems.