Tender for the construction of Hemus motorway

Matea Uhlik Vidović, 13.09.2016.
The Road Infrastructure Agency of Bulgaria starts the tender procedure for technical designs and construction of 16.5 km section of Hemus motorway, in the north of the country. The route of the "Hemus" highway is part of the European road network connection to Corridor IV west to Corridor IX near Veliko Tarnovo. The realization of the highway will allow for connection of eastern and western parts of Bulgaria with TEN-T.

Fig. 1 Section between Belokopitovo and Buhovtsi road junction

Major road junction and six viaducts
In July, Bulgaria opened a tender for the construction of a 9.3 km section of Hemus motorway with an indicative value of 80 million levs ($45.2 million/41 million euro). In February, Bulgaria terminated tender for the construction of a 60 km stretch of the highway, divided in two sections, due to suspected irregularities regarding the transparency of the selection process and the spending of state funds. The total cost of the contract was 756.8 million levs, and the regional development ministry claimed it was unable to ensure EU funding to pay for it.

The tender which soon will be open will include the construction of a major road junction and six viaducts on the section between the village of Belokopitovo and Buhovtsi road junction in the direction of Targovishte. The motorway section will have two traffic lanes in each direction, two stopping lanes, a central dividing strip, leading lines and lay-bys. The stretch represents the second of four sections to be built during the first stage of the motorway construction project. The indicative value of the public procurement is EUR 66.78 million, VAT excluded. Hemus motorway is designed to connect the capital of Sofia with the Black Sea city of Varna. The planned length of the whole motorway, part of which is operational, is 433 km.

Source: api.bg