The Construction of Vratsa Bypass Under Operational Program Transport Was Completed
The bypass road of the town of Vratsa is in operation from today. The „Road I-1 (Е79) from km 0+000 to km 6+816,60” Project is cо-financed by the Cohesion Fund of the European Union and the national budget under Operational Program Transport 2007-2013. The Chairman of the National Assembly Mihail Mikov, the Minister of Regional Development Desislava Terzieva and the Chairman of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency eng. Stefan Chaykov officially opened the new road.
The total length of the section is 6,817 km. The investment is in the amount of over 14,6 million BGN. The bypass is two-lane with overall dimension 10,5 m. A road junction with an underpass, two four-branch intersections and a roundabout, a railway crossing, 17 culverts and so on were built up.
The 28-year dream for the construction of the bypass road of Vratza came true with the completion of the Project. The section is of exceptional significance for the regional town, as the road safety in one of the most trafficked points along Road E-79 in North-Western Bulgaria is increased, and the transit traffic is taken out of town, the Chairman of the Management Board of Road Infrastructure Agency, eng. Stefan Chaykov said. He emphasized that with the commissioning of the second bridge over the Danube River the traffic along the road section increased by nearly 40% daily. Eng. Chaykov also indicated that the Road Agency works hard for the modernization of the Vidin – Botevgrad direction. A few days ago a public procurement procedure for additional design and construction of nearly 33 km of the road Mezdra – Botevgrad started up. The estimated value is over 205 million BGN exclusive of VAT.
Association Obhod Vratsa is contractor of Vratsa bypass, which Trace Group Hold AD, Sofia, and PSI AD, Stara Zagora, participate in. The construction supervision was exercised by Traffic Holding EOOD. The construction contract is in the amount of 14 600 989.45 BGN inclusive of VAT, and the supervision contract – in the amount of 1 125 600 BGN inclusive of VAT.
The alignment of the bypass is along the route of Pan-European Transport Corridor No ІV. Being a part of road Е-79, it provides transport links between three European countries – Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. The transit traffic in North-Western Bulgaria increased with the commissioning of the second bridge over the Danube River at Vidin – Kalafat. The direction is used as the shortest route between Western, Central Europe and the Aegean Sea as well as a link of Europe with Asia.