Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Branisko tunnel opens

The longest road tunnel in Slovakia has finally opened, over three years late and Sk2 billion (€48 million) over budget.

One of the main reasons for the delay and cost overrun was a tightening of safety measures in the tunnel.

"After accidents in [various] Alpine tunnels we wanted to follow new safety advice," explained Peter Barek, general director of the roads section of the Ministry of Transport, Post, and Telecommunications.

The tunnel, near Levoča in eastern Slovakia, forms part of the northern highway route between Bratislava and Košice currently under construction. The total cost of the project was Sk7.6 billion (€182 million).

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

Illustrative stock photo

No Slovaks among the victims of Manchester attack so far

The representatives of Slovakia have expressed their sympathy to the families of the victims.

Police guard close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain, on May 23, 2017, a day after an explosion.

Slovak paralympic athletes win gold and bronze at World Championship

Three Slovaks became world champions in table tennis in the TM2 category at the World Paralympic Championship in Bratislava.

L-R: Ján Riapoš, Martin Ludrovský in the Slovakia-Taiwan match at the paralympic world championship, May 19.

It's not your Slovakia, Bystrica protesters told Kotleba

President Andrej Kiska spoke to the crowd at the protest gathering, asking Slovaks what kind of country they want to have.