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17.07.2013 16:07
Bulgaria’s 1st Fully Accomplished Motorway Opened July 15
The building of the motorway span over 40 years

  • © State Agency Road Infrastructure

After 40 years of construction, spanning from the communist era to modern day chaotic democratic times in Bulgaria, constructed one lot at a time, the country's first fully completed motorway was opened to the public on August 15, 2013. Queues of impatient people, eager to drive on the fresh black asphalt of the last 34 km long stretch of Trakia motorway, were formed hours before the official opening ceremony attended by government officials and President Rosen Plevneliev.

Instead of lenghty and often dangerous detours, drivers will now be able to cover the 360 kilometers between the capital city of Sofia and the seaside industrial city of Burgas for no more than 4 hours.

The investment in the last lot of  Trakyia motorway amounted to BGN 209,646,720 (about EUR 105 million) covered by  co-financing by the European Cohesion Fund, OP Transport and the state budget.

Quality of the road pavement of different stretches of the motorway however differs drastically. The old ones, like the 50 km-stretch near Plovdiv and Pazardjik, are in deplorable condition and need urgent and serious repair.


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