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01.10.2014 15:16
Struma Motorway Construction Company Required to Present New Schedule
The government is reconsidering the 15 km-long tunnel along the Kresna Gorge in order to cut the staggering BGN 1.7 bn price of Lot 3

  • © Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development

Greek company Aktor which is responsible for the construction of Lot 4 of Struma Motorway should present a new work schedule by Friday, October 3, or otherwise Bulgaria would not prolong the construction contract after October 15, Ekaterina Zaharieva, vice-PM and regional development minister of Bulgaria, announced after an inspection on Tuesday.

The yet unfinished motorway, which is expected to link the Bulgarian capital Sofia with the Greek border in 2020, is divided in four lots. The 13 km-long Lot 1 was inaugurated in July 2013, while the 37 km-long Lot 2 is expected to be completed in fall 2015 due to the research of an ancient archaeological site along the route of the motorway. According to plans however Lot 3 would be the most challenging one, necessitating a 15 km-long tunnel along the Kresna Gorge at the staggering price of BGN 1.7 billion (EUR 850 million) in order to avoid impacting territories in the Natura 2000 zones. The government is currently re-considering this design and could opt to build a new high-speed road following closely the existing one which could save EUR 270 m.

The entire motorway should be finished by the end of the decade or otherwise Bulgaria would lose the EU financing it secured through the Cohesion Fund and OP Transport 2007 – 2013.

TAGS: Bulgaria | motorway | highway | roads | infrastructure | Struma | construction | Greece | Aktor | Kresna Gorge | archaeology | archeology 

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