The R 6 Motorway (Albanian: Autostrada R 6, Serbian: Autoput R 6), also commonly Autostrada Prishtinë-Han i Elezit and Autostrada Prishtinë-Shkup or Autostrada Arbën Xhaferi, is a motorway in Kosovo[a] running 60 kilometres (37 mi) in the districts of Ferizaj and Pristina. The motorway connects Pristina with Skopje in North Macedonia.
|Albanian: Autostrada R 6|
Serbian Latin: Autoput R 6
Serbian Cyrillic: Аутопут 6
|Part of E65|
|Maintained by Ministria e Infrastrukturës|
|Length||60 km (37 mi)|
|South end||Elez Han|
|Major cities||Ferizaj, Lipljan, Pristina|
The motorway is named in honour of the Albanian politician and activist from North Macedonia, Arbën Xhaferi. Part of the Southeast European route 6 and European route 65, it consists of two traffic lanes and an emergency lane in each driving direction separated by a central reservation.
Construction of the motorway started in July 2014. On 31 December 2016, the first 23 kilometers from Pristina to Babush i Muhaxherëve was opened for traffic. On 22 December 2017, a further 11 kilometers from Babush i Muhaxherëve to Ferizaj was opened for traffic. In June 2018, another section was opened for traffic from Ferizaj to Kaçanik. In May 2019, the last section of the motorway opened from Kaçanik to Elez Han.
- The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, it is formally recognised as an independent state by 97 UN member states (with another 15 recognising it at some point but then withdrawing recognition), while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.
- "ROUTE 6: HIGHWAY PRISHTINA - SKOPJE" (PDF). kfos.org. 2015. pp. 29–35.
- Bota Sot (15 August 2018). "Kush ishte Arbën Xhaferi, rruga me emrin e të cilit po jetësohet?". botasot.info (in Albanian).
- "THE CORE TRANSPORT NETWORK South-East Europe Transport Observatory SEETO" (PDF). ec.europa.eu. p. 2.