The alignment of the Egnatia Motorway follows the traces of the ancient Via Egnatia. Along its route and within a 1000m wide zone, 270 sites of historical interest have been identified.
The company, being the agent responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the project, proceeded to actions aiming at the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of Greece, as well as at its enhancement, when this is feasible. In several cases, the alignment was either changed or improved at a cost of €80 mn.
EGNATIA ODOS AE has already financed more than 45 archaeological excavations along the motorway axis at a cost amounting to €13,5 mn.
The findings unearthed are important and date back to different historical eras.