From the 4th to the 31st of October the circulation of all motor vehicles through the Pass of the Republic shall be stopped. The traffic shall be rerouted through the Shipka, Rishki and Kotlen Pass
From the 4th to the 31st of October the circulation of all motor vehicles through the Pass of the Republic shall be stopped – Road II-55. Nearly 22 km of the section Kilifarevo – Predela in the region of Veliko Tarnovo shall be repaired. The aim of the undertaken activities is to increase traffic safety and preparation for the upcoming winter season, as the Pass of the Republic is the main road connection for heavy traffic between North and South Bulgaria.
The cars shall be rerouted through the Shipka pass, and the heavy-duty trucks shall be deviated through the road II-73 Shumen – Karnobat / Rishki Pass / and the road II-48 Omurtag – Kotel / Kotlen Pass /.
The second-class road is the most direct and convenient connection for those traveling from the Danube Bridge 1 border checkpoint through the Balkan Mountains to the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint and the border checkpoint at Makaza. The traffic of cars and heavy-duty trucks through the Pass of the Republic is intensive all year round, which leads to the wear of the road surface, unevenness and collapses. The current repairs of the route carried out in recent years have a short-term result and this requires the undertaking of the current construction works.
The activities for improvement of the condition of the second-class route include machine patching of the asphalt pavement, replacement of compromised expansion joints, new horizontal marking, collapse and netting of the slopes, strengthening of the slopes, improvement of drainage, cleaning of roadside vegetation, replacement of compromised restraint systems / crash barrier / and others. The cost for the repair works is BGN 2.1 million with VAT.
The construction and installation works are assigned to the road maintenance company “Road Construction – Veliko Tarnovo” AD, with which the Road Infrastructure Agency has an Agreement under the Public Procurement Act for current repair and maintenance of national roads in the Veliko Tarnovo region.