Construction of Hemus Мotorway New Section from Buhovtsi Road Junction to Belokopitovo Road Junction Has Started
“In Northern Bulgaria, we go from talk to action. The long-awaited project to finish Hemus motorway in its eastern part, between the cities of Tarhovishte and Shumen, is now a fact. I am convinced that with our joined efforts we will complete this work in high quality and even ahead of the deadline.” Those were the words of Nikolay Nankov, minister of regional development and public works, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new 16.32 km of Hemus motorway from Belokopitovo road junction to Buhovtsi road junction.
“We start with a very difficult area – 7 viaducts, a bridge facility and 10 agricultural subways,” added the minister, and emphasised that the terrain is lined with hills, rugged and difficult to build on.
“Motorways and speed roads bring safety, save time, and stimulate the country’s economy,” Nankov said, and appealed to the builders and supervisors of the new section to ensure quality and work day and night.
The ceremony also attended the prime minister Boyko Borisov, finance minister Vladislav Goranov, and the chairman of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency Svetoslav Glosov, among others.
The new section of Hemus motorway will be completed in the year 2020. The contract value is BGN 119,785,000, VAT excluded, which, as promised by the government, come from the state budget under the New Construction programme of the Road Infrastructure Agency.
The motorway section will have two traffic lanes, two lanes for overtaking, two emergency stop lanes, guiding strips, two shoulders and a central dividing strip. Several sophisticated facilities will be built – the Buhovtsi road junction at the crossing of the motorway with road III-5102 Buhovtsi – Makariopolsko, as well as three connections – of first class road Targovishte – Varna with Belokopitovo road junction, Varna – Targovishte road junction, and road junction Targovishte – Varna road junction.
The contractor is Hemus-16320 DZZD, and supervision will be exercised by Konsultanti Hemus 2-2016 DZZD.
Hemus motorway as a whole is planned for completion by 2024.
It is a main priority for the government, because its completion will revive Northern Bulgaria.
The motorway will connect Sofia with Pleven, Lovech, Veliko Tarnovo, Targovishte, Shumen and Varna. This will speed up the process of economic and social cohesion at regional level and will favor both the business and employment. The total number of the population to take advantage of the improved infrastructure will be about 2.9 million people, living on over 44% of the territory of Bulgaria.