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Building of Kresna - Sandanski stretch of Struma motorway to begin in September

Building of Kresna - Sandanski stretch of Struma motorway to begin in September
Sofia, August 17, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

Construction of the Kresna-Sandanski stretch of Bulgaria's Struma Motorway, that will run to the Greek border, is to begin in September 2016, Regional Development and Public Works Minister Lilyana Pavlova said.

The stretch will be 24km long and is officially designated as Lot 3.3 of the Struma Motorway, which when completed will be 156km long.

The contract to build the Kresna-Sandanski stretch was signed in September 2015 and is worth close to 281 million leva, including value-added tax (about 144 million euro).

Pavlova said that in the new building season, work would also start on the Blagoevgrad - Krupnik section, a length of 13km. The contract for the construction was signed at the end of 2015, with a value of 186 million leva.

The Struma motorway extends the Lyulin motorway (A6), running from Bulgaria's capital city Sofia to Pernik. The section of the motorway from Pernik to Blagoevgrad is already completed.

The process of selecting a contractor for the Zhelenitsa tunnel has begun, Pavlova said.

This would be the longest tunnel in Bulgaria, of 2200m and there would be two large viaducts of 700m at each end.

Seventeen companies are bidding for the business, Pavlova said.

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