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The First Section of Europe Motorway between Dragoman and Slivnitsa Is Ready /video/

10.11.2020 09:31

AM_Evropa_Dragoman-Slivnica_2.jpgThe first 17-km section of Europe Motorway between Dragoman and Slivnitsa is ready. The investment is for BGN 117.3 million and is from the national budget. The construction works on the direct route have been completed half a year earlier than planned under the contract and drivers already use it. The modernization of the first-class road I-8 Dragoman-Slivnitsa (from km 15+500 to km 32+447.20) was started last May. A second carriageway was built in the section, and the old one was reconstructed to a motorway gauge. There are two traffic lanes in each direction and an emergency lane in the section.



Two road junctions “Slivnitsa 1” and “Slivnitsa 2” were built with energy-efficient road lighting, and the number of all large facilities is 11, including 5 underpasses, 5 overpasses, and a bridge over the river Slivnishka at km 30, as well as 7 rest and emergency areas and retaining walls.

For protecting and preserving the biodiversity in the region of the Aldomirovo marsh, paths for reptiles have been made and will pass through specially built for the purpose passes/culverts under the motorway. Noise barriers and bird nets have been placed, and sand/oil interceptors will purify the surface waters from the route in the region of the Aldomirovo marsh.

The modernization of the section increases the road capacity and traffic safety.

The contractor is “GBS Infrastructure Construction”. The value of the contract is BGN 117,360,358.22 including VAT, and the contracted completion deadline is May 2021. The construction supervision has been carried out by Plan Invest Kalotina DZZD, composed of: Plan Invest Plovdiv EOOD, PN Consult 2017 EOOD and Search Corporation SRL (Romania). Their contract is for BGN 2,232,360 including VAT.

The section is part of the core Trans-European Transport Network. The route is along the London - Budapest - Belgrade - Sofia - Plovdiv - Istanbul - Calcutta route and is the shortest route connecting Western Europe with the Near and Middle East. The section Kalotina border checkpoint - Sofia provides a connection to the Orient/East-Med Тrans-European Тransport Corridor.

The Europe Motorway between the Kalotina border checkpoint and Sofia Ring Road is 48 km long and its construction is divided into three parts - from the Kalotina border checkpoint to Dragoman, from Dragoman to Slivnitsa, and from Slivnitsa to the connection with the Northern Speed Tangent. Currently the construction of 14.5 km, from the Kalotina border checkpoint to Dragoman (from km 1 to km 15+500), is ongoing. The construction works were started this February and shall be completed in January 2022 in accordance with the contract. The project is funded by the Connecting Europe Facility and the national budget. The Contractor is STRABAG BPA DZZD with participants: Strabag EAD, Strabag Sp. z.o.o., Poland and Bitumina GmbH - Bulgaria EOOD. The value of the contract is approximately BGN 165 million.

The third section from Slivnitsa to the connection with the Northern Speed Tangent, which is 16 km, will pass along a new route. The technical design for the section is currently under preparation.

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Europe Motorway Section Dragoman - Slivnitsa