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02.12.2014 12:32
Hemus Motorway Runner-Up for OP Transport 2014 – 2020 Funding
A total of 300 km of roads due for rehabilitation under the Transit roads V programme are to receive BGN 100 million (EUR 50 m) from the state budget in 2015

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Despite the accumulated 1-year delay for all important road infrastructure projects in Bulgaria, the government is working to attain set targets for 2015. A total of 120 km new motorways and 340 km of first class roads are to be built by the end of 2015, Bulgarian regional development minister Liliana Pavlova said during a forum dedicated to construction held in Sofia by the Chamber of Construction in Bulgaria.

Maritsa Motorway and the fourth lot of Struma motorway in Southern Bulgaria, as well as the Belokopitovo junction of the northern Hemus motorway were outlined as priorities for completion in 2015 by minister Pavlova. Hemus motorway and the planned tunnel under Shipka peak in the Balkan mountains, however remain runner-ups for European funding under OP Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014 – 2020. Financing would be reiterated towards them, if Bulgaria manages to make savings on Struma motorway.

Tenders for the construction of the Yablanitsa - Pleven lot of Hemus motorway are to be launched as early as January 2015 with construction start seen possible in the summer, if the state budget is observed, minister Pavlova assured. The lot from Pleven to Veliko Tarnovo is to be tendered in the summer of next year. Both lots are estimated at BGN 520 - 530 m each.

Hemus motorway construction which was announced as a priority for the government of Plamen Oresharski subsequently suffered delays due to payment conflicts with the construction company.

A total of 300 km of roads due for rehabilitation under the Transit roads V programme are to receive BGN 100 million (EUR 50 m) from the state budget in 2015.

TAGS: Bulgaria | roads | infrastructure | funding | EU | OP Transport | motorway | Maritsa | Hemus | Struma | road infrastructure | Balkan | tunnel 

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