Georgi Terziyski: Nearly BGN 7 Billion will be Invested in Road Infrastructure in Northern Bulgaria
Nearly BGN 7 billion will be invested in road infrastructure in Northern Bulgaria in the coming years. That was said by the Chairman of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency, Georgi Terziyski, at the forum on Priority Connectivity of Northern Bulgaria in Ruse, organized by the mayor of Ruse Municipality, Plamen Stoilov, in coordination with the Road Safety Institute.
The completion of the construction of Hemus Motorway, the projects Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin – Botevgrad, the by-pass road of Gabrovo and the tunnel under Shipka will provide road links, which will speed up the development of Northern Bulgaria and will provide faster and safer transport link between Sofia, Varna, Ruse and Vidin, said the Chair of the Management Board of RIA. Terziyski told the participants in the forum that works are being carried out on preparing and starting the construction of the 134-kilometer section from Boaza to the link with the road Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo, for which the government allocated BGN 1,3 billion at the end of last year. According to the schedule we have worked out, it is planned to start construction of two more of a total of 6 sections by the end of April, on which the whole route is divided. These are the sections from Boaza to Dermantsi road junction and from Kalenik road junction to the link with road II-35 Pleven – Lovech. Technical design for sections 4, 5 and 6, which are between the roads Pleven – Lovech and Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo, will be elaborated in 2019, and their construction will begin in 2020. The aim is the construction of Hemus Motorway in the section from Boaza to the intersection with the road Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo to be completed by 2023. This autumn, nearly half a year earlier than planned under the contract, will be completed the construction of the 10- kilometer section from Yablanitsa to Boaza, Terziyski also said.
The Chairman of the Management Board of RIA said that the agency plans the construction of Hemus Motorway and the most important project for Ruse region – which is the Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Motorway, to be implemented at the same time. The construction of the latter will ease the traffic coming from Danube Bridge and will increase road safety, as the first-class road Ruse – Byala is one of the busiest and most dangerous road sections in Bulgaria with a high concentration of heavy road accidents. The construction of the motorway will reduce the number of road accidents in this direction, as the traffic will be divided in two separate carriageways, said Terziyski.
The Chairman of the Management Board of RIA pointed out that the project for the Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Motorway, which will have a length of 133 km, is still subject to court procedures. On 30 November last year, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) rejected the appeals filed against EIA decision, but on January 30 a cassation appeal has been made, subsequently, within the statutory timeframe, RIA submitted a response to the five-member SAC panel. We are now expecting the court decision, and depending on this decision, we are ready to launch tenders this year for the construction of 75 km of the motorway route with an indicative value of BGN 670 million, VAT excluded. These are the sections Ruse – Byala and the by-pass road of Byala, said Terziyski. He stated that the time schedule developed provided that, if public procurement procedures for the selection of contractors start in the coming months and no appeals against them are lodged to block the works, at the end of this year or in the beginning of next one contractors should be selected and the actual construction of the first two sections of Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Motorway should be started at the end of 2020 or in the beginning of 2021. Thus, the first 75 km from the Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Motorway will be completed in 2023 – 2024, said Terziyski.
The Chairman of the Management Board of RIA also presented to the participants in the forum on Priority Connectivity of Northern Bulgaria the other priority road projects Vidin – Botevgrad, the by-pass road of Gabrovo and the tunnel under Shipka. Terziyski addressed the organizing parties and wished this meeting to become traditional and in the coming years to meet in Ruse to present not only the progress made in the implementation of road projects, but also the attracted new investments in the region.