Start of Construction of Montana Bypass Funded under OP „Transport“
The construction of a bypass of the town of Montana - road I-1 (E-79) from km 102+060 to km 114+512.20 was launched. The project is co-funded by the Cohesion Fund of the European Union under OP "Transport" 2007-2013 and the state budget. The total cost of the contract for this grant is 50 580 711, 99 BGN incl. VAT.
The ceremony of the symbolic first sod turn on the site was attended by the Minister of Regional Development Desislava Terzieva, the Chairman of the Management Board of Road Infrastructure Agency Engineer Stefan Chaykov, the Regional Governor of the town of Montana Anatoly Mladenov, etc.
Eng. Chaykov stressed that the construction of the bypass will enhance the road safety and shift transit traffic out of town as well. About 5,300 vehicles per day are crossing this section of road E-79, and the opening of the second bridge over the Danube at the town of Vidin has increased the traffic by about 30%.
The length of the section is 12,452 кm. It is envisaged construction of 4 road junctions, 7 underpasses, 2 overpasses, a bridge over Ogosta River, a railway overpass, etc.
Construction works will be carried out by „Montana Bypass” union, composed by „Trace Group Hold” AD, Sofia and „PSI“ AD, Stara Zagora. The value of the construction contract is 46 572 618.11 BGN with VAT. The construction supervision will be carried out by “N R – INFRAM-2” union composed by “NR CONSULT” EOOD, Haskovo and „INFRAM” AD – Prague. The contract is in the amount of 1 512 000 BGN incl. VAT.
The period of implementation is 480 calendar days (16 months).
The site is along the route of Pan European Transport Corridor No. IV and represents a part of the Vidin-Botevgrad section. Road E-79 connects three European countries – Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. The opening of the second bridge over the Danube at Vidin - Kalafat increased the transit traffic in Northwestern Bulgaria. This route is used more intensively as a shortest distance between Western Europe, Central Europe and Aegean Sea, as well as a link between Europe and Asia.