New section of motorway linking Bratislava and Žilina opens

As much as 70 percent of the traffic on the I/61 road through Považská Bystrica in Trenčín Region will be diverted as of May 31 to the newly opened Sverepec-Vrtižer section of the D1 motorway, the TASR newswire wrote. An almost ten-kilometre section with an elevated highway above Považská Bystrica was ceremonially opened on the evening of May 30 by Prime Minister Robert Fico, other representatives of the Slovak Government, and representatives of the National Highway Company (NDS), the European Commission in Slovakia and the contractors.

As much as 70 percent of the traffic on the I/61 road through Považská Bystrica in Trenčín Region will be diverted as of May 31 to the newly opened Sverepec-Vrtižer section of the D1 motorway, the TASR newswire wrote.

An almost ten-kilometre section with an elevated highway above Považská Bystrica was ceremonially opened on the evening of May 30 by Prime Minister Robert Fico, other representatives of the Slovak Government, and representatives of the National Highway Company (NDS), the European Commission in Slovakia and the contractors.

“This is an extraordinarily important construction in terms of architecture and technology, but also because the whole section between Bratislava and Žilina is linked by a motorway at last,” said NDS general director Igor Choma as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The construction work on the section was launched in 2008 and the overall costs reached €379 million. Almost €225 million came from EU Funds. Thanks to the new section, the journey from Žilina to Bratislava will be half an hour shorter.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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