Drivers will pay a road toll of €5 on the Durres-Kukes motorway that leads to Kosovo starting from September 17, media reported on September 4.
This will be the first road toll in the country, which earlier this year sparked violent protests by citizens of Kukes near the Kosovan border, who were opposed to the toll. The move was also criticised by the opposition within Albania and Kosovan businesspeople.
In a move to defuse the situation, as agreed with authorities, citizens of Kukes will pay only ALL100 (€0.8), Albanian Daily News reported. The fee applies to all types of vehicles.
The Durres-Kukes motorway, known as the National Road, connects Albania's biggest Adriatic port of Durres with the northern city of Kukes, and leads to the Morine border crossing with Kosovo.
The concessionaire has rebuilt and constructed new toll booths after angry protestors demolished most of the infrastructure during the violent protest which took place at the end of March against the introduction of the toll system.
During the protest in March, Albanian police arrested 23 people from Kukes for violence against police officers, which angered the opposition and sparked civil disobedience.