A9 motorway (Cyprus)

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A9 is a highway
Highway
A highway is any public road. In American English, the term is common and almost always designates major roads. In British English, the term designates any road open to the public. Any interconnected set of highways can be variously referred to as a "highway system", a "highway network", or a...

 under construction which is planned to connect Nicosia
Nicosia
Nicosia from , known locally as Lefkosia , is the capital and largest city in Cyprus, as well as its main business center. Nicosia is the only divided capital in the world, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line...

, the capital of Cyprus
Cyprus
Cyprus , officially the Republic of Cyprus , is a Eurasian island country, member of the European Union, in the Eastern Mediterranean, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and north of Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.The earliest known human activity on the...

, with the Troödos Mountains
Troodos Mountains
Troodos is the biggest mountain range of Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Troodos' highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 metres.The Troodos mountain range stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus...

. Currently this highway is completed until the small village of Dhenia. The project has stopped until the safety of planers will be established. Although, approach towards Troödos from Astromeritis is under planning, with Evrychou
Evrychou
Evrychou is a village in Cyprus. It is located in the Nicosia District and the agricultural centre of the "Solea" region located about 50 km south-west of Nicosia and 30 km from mount Troodos.-Geography and climate:...

, a small village near Kakopetria
Kakopetria
Kakopetria is a village in Cyprus located 55 kilometers southwest of the capital, Nicosia, on the north facing foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It stands at an altitude of 667 metres and it is the highest village in the Solea Valley...

to be the temporary ending junction.

Commencement on the A9 highway to Troödos is expected in early 2012. The highway planning has been split into 3 sections or phases, with phase 1 completed in 2006. Phase 2 will see the highway span from Dhenia to Astromeritis and phase 3, culminating in the termination of the motorway at a large roundabout on the border of Evrychou. The roundabout will provide access to the B9 road (towards Kakopetria and Troödos), link access to the village of Flasou.

The A9 highway is not expected to be completed before 2016.