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24.07.2013 16:05
First Lot of Struma Motorway Opened Yesterday
The motorway should fully replace the existing 1st class road from Sofia to the Bulgarian-Greek border chekpoint
AUTHOR: Kristiyan Blagoev

  • © Kristiyan Blagoev

  • © Kristiyan Blagoev

  • © Kristiyan Blagoev

  • © Kristiyan Blagoev

Yesterday Desislava Terzieva, minister of regional development and public works, inaugurated the first lot of Struma motorway. This part of the highway makes connection between Dolna Dikaniya and junction “Dupnitsa”. The event was also attended by the president of National Agency “Road Infrastructure” - eng. Lazar Lazarov. The opening ceremony began at 11:00, while the first vehicles were allowed on the motorway some 30 minutes later.

The new section of Struma motorway from Dolna Dikaniya to the nortern entrance of the town of Dupnitsa is 13.98 km-long, currently entering the old road to Dupnitsa at Dyakovo. It is expected that the remaining 2.9 kilometers of this lot to be opened to the public by the end of August.The total length of the motorway finished will be about 150 kilometers. Its main purpose is to ease the heavy traffictraffic from and to the Bulgarian - Greek border at the busy checkpoint Kulata-Promahonas.

One of the main advantages of the short, albeit new, motorway section is the speed limit of 120 km/h, the benefits of which should be much more sensible once the entire motorway is finished.

A total of EUR 35 million were set aside for this section of the motorway. The project is co-financed by the EU cohesion fund and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through the Operational Programme “Transport”. Builder of Lot 1 is the Consortium “Struma-1”companies “Glavbolgarstroi-infrastructure construction”, “Patstroy”and the Italian “Impreza”.

A consortium of the same companies udner the name of “Struma-2” won the contract for lot 2 from Dupnitsa to Blagoevgrad. The amount of the contract, awarded to the consortium by the Bulgarian ministry of regional development, is  arount EUR 150 milion.


TAGS: Struma motorway | highway | opened | Greece | Bulgaria | Sofia | regional development | infrastructure | roads | Operational Programme Transport | EU funding 

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