In efforts to deal with ageing structures, the Greek minister for infrastructure and transport launched a vast motorway-rehabilitation project. Greece has three geographical focal points: Patras, Athens, and Thessaloniki. These three hubs are connected by motorway A1 which runs north-south. It connects the capital, Athens, with the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia. The Maliakos-Kleidi section is part of this motorway. This concession project for the 245-kilometre motorway was granted by the government of Greece.