“The section 3.2 of Struma Motorway covering the Kresna gorge is currently designed with a version of the tunnel crossing through the protected by “Natura 2000” areas. Under the national law before bidding for selection of contractor should be made a new assessment procedure of environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the period of construction of the facility. Therefore, we proposed the EC to develop an alternative version of the passage to be as close to the existing road and parallel to the tunnel project EIA to be made for it. Thus can be built a speed track permitting 100 km/h, and the indicative value can be reduced by about EUR 270 million. This would save money to finance the construction of the Hemus motorway and the tunnel under Shipka,” said Caretaker Minister of Transport Nikolina Angelkova. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Investment Planning Ekaterina Zaharieva and Chairman of the Management Board of Road Infrastructure Agency Eng. Lazar Lazarov participated in the inspection of the construction of Struma motorway, Lot 2 – from Dupnitsa to Blagoevgrad, and Lot 4 – Sandanski – Kulata.
“We have not stopped work on the preparation of Lot 3 on the motorway which is a major priority in the road sector in the programming period 2014 – 2020,” said Angelkova explaining that projects of the subsections Lot 3.1 (Blagoevgrad – Krupnik) and Lot 3.3 (Kresna – Sandanski) are practically ready and construction on them can start in the spring of next year.