The Milan Outer Eastern Bypass (TEEM) will have a noticeable influence on daily traffic flow along the road and motorway network to the east and south-east of Milan. TEEM will connect the A4 Milan-Venice and the A1 Milan-Bologna motorways as well as linking up with the BreBeMi motorway. This will provide a solution to a long running problem of dealing with medium and long distance traffic heading towards Milan. The new Bypass will help reduce vehicle traffic on the other bypasses (east, west and north), which are congested throughout most of the day, and it will also offer an alternative for moving around within the eastern part of Greater Milan, getting traffic off the current urban roads (notably the “Cerca” SS 39 and “Monza-Melzo” SP 13 roads).
The forecast traffic flows on TEEM speak volumes. Soon after the road has been completed (2015), 70,000 vehicles will use it daily; in the medium term (2025) this will grow to 85,000 and by 2035, the figure should be 90,000. It is clear that this toll road forms a vital part of the actual reorganization of the entire road and motorway network in the Milan, Monza and Brianza, and Lodi provinces. Reducing traffic will mean less time getting between destinations (-8%), increased average speed on the existing road network (+34%) and far less congestion on the road and motorway network throughout the day (-15%). The benefits for citizens and the environment are also worth noting. Each year, 141,000 kg less of pollutants will be released into the air, with 15 million litres of fuel saved and a drop by 8 million in the number of hours needed for journeys. The overall benefit for the communities and business has been estimated at €136 million.
The entire design behind TEEM has sought to ensure adequate levels of service along the entire Bypass, including at peak traffic times in the short, medium and long term. Even at critical points, TEEM will be able to ensure vehicle traffic continues to flow. Plus, as has already been indicated, the ordinary roads will also be less widely congested as vehicle traffic moves onto the new motorways and through the related infrastructure being built at the same time as the Bypass. For example, in the Pessano con Bornago area, TEEM will absorb in excess of 3,000 vehicles a day in each direction and it will take over 2,000 vehicles “off” the “Monza-Melzo” SP 13 road. The improved road network between Pozzuolo Martesana and Liscate will mean an additional 2,000 light and heavy vehicles will move onto the new motorway, cutting congestion across much of the local road system. Around Paullo, the “Cerca” SP 13 road will be the route that benefits most, having to deal with 1,500 less vehicles per day. In the area south of Milan, TEEM will help to significantly improve the situation across the Melegnano area, reducing the amount of traffic on the “Via Emilia” SS 9 and “Binaschina” SP 40 roads. The latter will finally be linked to the “Cerca” SP 13 road, fulfilling a 30-year old dream.
All of these figures show how TEEM and the related road system has put everything in place to effectively and functionally manage the growing need for fast, safe journeys (short and long distance). This will benefit the area, the locals and companies by boosting employment and growth.