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Bratislava-Žilina highway opens

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

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


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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, as well as by other representatives of the Slovak government and representatives of the National Highway Company (NDS), the European Commission in Slovakia and contractors which worked on the highway.

“This is an extraordinarily important construction in terms of architecture and technology, but also because the whole section between Bratislava and Žilina is now 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 road journey from Žilina to Bratislava should now take half an hour less.


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