To Facilitate Traffic before Christmas on Friday, Saturday and Monday, the Movement of Motor Vehicles Intended for the Carriage of Goods over 12 tonnes on the Motorways during Peak Hours will be Suspended. Drive reasonably!
In order to facilitate traffic and improve traffic safety in the days before Christmas - Friday, Saturday and Monday, when many people will be traveling during peak hours, the traffic of motor vehicles intended for the carriage of goods over 12 tonnes on motorways and busy traffic axes will be suspended. Road Infrastructure Agency urges drivers to travel with winter-prepared vehicles, to drive carefully and at an appropriate speed, not to embark on risky overtaking and to comply with the imposed restrictions, road signs and not to use the emergency lanes on motorway sections in order to travel more quickly.
Emotional driving does not guarantee a shorter journey, but it endangers the lives and health of everyone else who complies with the rules.
Tomorrow - December 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday - December 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the movement of heavy-freight motor vehicles intended for the carriage of goods over 12 tonnes in the directions with expected heavy traffic will be restricted. These are:
• Trakia Motorway - in the section from Sofia to Plovdiv in both directions;
• Hemus Motorway - in the section from Sofia to the road junction to the roundabout with road I-4 (at km 87) in both directions;
• Struma Motorway - in the section from Sofia to Simitli in the direction of the Kulata border checkpoint and from Sandanski to Kresna in the direction of Sofia;
• Maritsa Motorway- from Harmanli to the Trakia Motorway
• Road I-1 — from the village of Rebarkovo to Botevgrad in both directions;;
• Road I-1 — from the Lot 2 stage connection of the Struma Motorway near Blagoevgrad to Kresna in both directions;
• Road I-4 – from Koritna through Veliko Turnovo to Shumen in both directions;
• Road I-5 – from Ruse to Byala in both directions;
• Road I-8 – from the Kulata border checkpoint to Sofia in both directions;
• Road I-9 – from Varna to Burgas in both directions;
• Road II-18 (Sofia ring road) in both directions;
• Road II-99 – from Burgas to Tsarevo in both directions.
On December 23, the last business day before Christmas Eve, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the movement of motor vehicles intended for the carriage of goods over 12 tonnes will be restricted on the following sections of the national road network:
• The Motorways;
• Road I-1 from the village of Rebarkovo to Botevgrad, the traffic being diverted on the road II-16 Rebarkovo - Svoge - Sofia ring road in the direction of Sofia;
• Road I-1 – from Blagoevgrad to Kulata border checkpoint
• Road I-4 Koritna - Veliko Turnovo - Shumen;
• Road I-5 Ruse – Veliko Turnovo;
• Road I-8 Kulata border checkpoint to Sofia;
• Road I-9 Varna - Burgas;
• Road II-18 Sofia Ring road;
• Road II-99 Burgas - Tsarevo.
The heavy-freight vehicles will also be stopped on the last public holiday - December 26 (Thursday) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The prohibition does not apply to motor vehicles transporting perishable foodstuffs and temperature-controlled goods, live animals and dangerous goods (ADR).
During the peak hours, when many people are leaving, it is possible the traffic to be slower for the Hemus Motorway in the Vitinya tunnel area. The movement in the pipe for Varna is two-way due to the repair of the pipe for Sofia. An alternative route of Hemus Motorway in the direction of Montana and Vidin is the Petrohan Pass and the Iskar Gorge, and in the direction of Varna – Road I-1 Sofia - Botevgrad.
To facilitate traffic through Vladaya and to increase road safety, on December 26 there will be two lanes for the entering vehicles to Sofia on Road I-1 (E-79). This way, drivers arriving in the capital will be able to travel more conveniently and safely. An alternative route of the first-class road through Vladaya is Struma Motorway.
All citizens and transport companies can receive information about the current traffic situation from the web site of the RIA - www.api.bg, and at any time of the day on tel. 0700 130 20 in RIA. The Agency operates a Situation Center at a 24-hour regime, which collects and summarizes data on the condition of national roads.