Prime Minister Boyko Borisov inspected the completed section of Lot 3.1 between Blagoevgrad and the section prior to the future Zheleznitsa Tunnel on Struma Motorway
Primе Minister Boyko Borisov inspected the completed section of Lot 3.1 between Blagoevgrad and the section prior to the future Zheleznitsa Tunnel on Struma Motorway. The purpose is facilitation of traffic and increased safety for travelling to and from Greece during the forthcoming three days off for the celebrations of the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature - May 24 - and prior to the beginning of the active summer season.
Prime Minister Borisov expressed his gratitude to archaeologists for the willingness to understand that the archaeological finds that were uncovered along the route of the motorway near the village of Pokrovnik, had to be moved away from the route. “If we had not understood each other, this would not have happened. Now the section may be passed for just a minute”, said Boyko Borisov. “You see how many walls we have built to strengthen landslides. We have not given up on the motorway, we have submitted the project”, said the Prime Minister. Boyko Borisov reminded journalists that the government continues to work for better income in Bulgaria as funds have been allocated to increase salaries of teachers, military personnel, police, nurses, mothers of children with disabilities. “Here, Bulgarians have to decide - whether to throw away a few billion for a 14-km section, or to have a motorway from Vidin to Struma. I think it is sensible now for environmentalists and engineers to reach an understanding with each other”, added the Prime Minister.
In the 6,5-km section of Struma Motorway, two viaducts, two agricultural underpasses, two bridges - over the Logodashka and Struma rivers - and one overpass have been built. 127 thousand tons of asphalt have been laid, 70 thousand tons of cement stabilisation, 200 thousand sq. m. of road dip coating and 26 km of traffic barriers have been placed. The release of the traffic avoids entry into Blagoevgrad and the creation of traffic jams in urban intersections, which will save time and reduce the heavy traffic in the city.
The archaeological finds that were discovered along the route of the motorway near the village of Pokrovnik have been removed. The estimated value of implemented activities for relocation and field conservation of the archaeological finds, as well as the construction of a supporting wall for their separation from the route of the motorway exceeds BGN 1.2 million. The elaboration of an integrated conservation plan of the archaeological park and a project for its overall exposure and socialisation are envisaged for a later stage and are beyond the competences of the RIA.
The construction of the section between Blagoevgrad and Krupnik of the Struma Motorway, Lot 3.1 from 359+000 km to 366+000 km and from 370+400 km to 376+000 km is part of the project: Struma Motorway - Lot 3.1, Lot 3.3 and Zheleznitsa Tunnel. It is co-financed by the Cohesion Fund of the European Union and the national budget through OP Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020.