Bulgaria’s Struma, Hemus Motorways Listed as Key Priorities in Transport OP 2014-2020Domestic | September 2, 2014, Tuesday // 11:32| views
Bulgaria's caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelova, photo by BGNES
The Struma and Hemus motorways are the main priorities under Operational Program “Transport”, according to Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova.
In a Tuesday interview for Nova TV, she informed that all projects included in the program had to be completed and launched by 2022.
Angelkova noted that Lot 3 of the Struma motorway Blagoevgrad – Sandanski, which was to provide a connection to Greece, had to be completed by 2020-2022.
She explained that the motorway section ran through Natura 2000 area and the construction of the 15.5km tunnel had been selected as the most environmentally-friendly option for the highway out of 8 possible options.
Angelkova also pointed out that Lot 4 of the Struma motorway had been termed a high-risk project, adding that the Road Infrastructure Agency, the beneficiary under the project, was making regular inspections at the request of the Transport Ministry.
She said that the latest inspection had indicated that no construction works were underway at the site.
Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister explained that the project was 55% ready, with no construction works underway, and no evidence that it would be completed on time.
Angelkova, as cited by dnevnik.bg, said that the Hemus motorway, another priority project, was also to be completed and launched by 2022 at the latest.
She noted that the indicative cost of the motorway amounted to EUR 780 M and that drivers would be able to use it for free for the first seven years as the project was being implemented with EU funding.