THE CONSTRUCTION of a 4.25-kilometre stretch of the D3 motorway that would bypass around Žilina began on May 26 with the signing of a contract between the National Highway Company (NDS) and a consortium of EUROVIA SK, Hochtief CZ and SMS, NDS spokesman Marcel Jánošík told the TASR newswire. The bypass should be completed within 1,095 calendar days, he added.

“The Žilina, Strážov-Žilina, Brodno D3-motorway stretch will be constructed for less than €255 million, with the project set to be financed from the Cohesion Fund, while the first phase will also be funded from the Transport Operational Programme (2007-13), and the second part will be funded from the Integrated Infrastructure Operational Programme (2014-20),” Jánošík further said.

“The stretch begins with a direct connection to the already operating Hričovské Podhradie-Žilina Strážov D3 stretch. Subsequently, it will go over the Hričovská Priehrada water reservoir and enter the 2.2-kilometre Považský Chlmec tunnel,” he continued, adding that the project also includes three bridges with a total length of 3.87 kilometres, one of which is the flyover over Hričovská Priehrada. The motorway stretch will end in a direct connection to the Žilina, Brodno-Kysucké Nové Mesto D3 section. Until the bypass is built, the [motorway] will be temporarily connected to the I/11 road.

The D3 motorway is part of the Bratislava-Trenčín-Žilina-Skalité D1-D3 motorway route with connections to the Polish and Czech motorway networks in the north and to Hungary and Austria in the south. The bypass will significantly ease the heavy traffic in Žilina and the I/11 and I/18 roads, according to Jánošík.

“The new motorway will also have positive effects on the economic development of the traditional region of Kysuce, which will be able to develop tourism, increase employment and attract new investors,” the NDS spokesman told TASR.

“The new stretch will also have a positive effect by reducing emissions in the inhabited areas. It will be built in a way that will affect the environmental balance to the least possible extent,” said Jánošík, adding that foliage will be planted under the bridges to allow animals to move freely. In other locations, the motorway will be fenced off.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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