Development of the Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo highway project

A few days ago in Ruse, the last of a series of public discussions on the Environmental Impact Assessment Report, which concerns the future Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo highway, was completed. The Chairman of the Road Infrastructure Agency, Mr. Doncho Atanasov, expects the Supreme Environmental Expert Council to approve of the report in January 2018. By the end of 2018, the technical design should be completed and then the announcement of the tender for construction will be made. According to Mr. Atanasov, the activities in the section from Ruse to Byala, where the most road accidents occur, should first start.

At the moment, three options have been developed for the track – red, blue and combined. Experts consider that the combined option is the most environmentally, technically and economically feasible. With this option, the highway is set to start three kilometers east of the Danube Bridge and continue its way south-southwest. Along the highway, 22 bridges and viaducts will be built, with a total length of 14,853 m. The connection with the republican road and part of the municipal roads will be realized through 18 junctions.

The Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo highway will be approximately 133 km long and is considered as one of the priority sites, as it provides the transit traffic along corridor №IX and international road E-85. The construction will improve transport services for international and domestic traffic, will increase traffic safety and transit traffic will be taken out of the populated areas.

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