Slovakia has completed only one third of the 1,864 kilometres of highways and expressways planned for construction 45 years ago, according to data from the National Highway Company (NDS). This means that, on average, only 13.6 kilometres of roads have been built each year, the TASR newswire reported on February 19.
“This is a tempo that doesn't meet requirements,” said NDS head Milan Gajdoš, as quoted by TASR. “We are left with no other option but to increase the pace.”
When it comes to the construction of the country’s main highway, the D1 between Bratislava and Košice, 28 percent of its total length remains to be finished. Drivers can currently use 312 of its planned 434 kilometres, TASR wrote.
Gajdoš stressed, however, that the remaining stretches of the D1 are the most demanding in terms of engineering and construction challenges.
The NDS intends to proceed with construction on three D1 stretches in 2013, namely Lietavská Lúčka-Višňové-Dubná Skala, Hubová-Ivachnová and Hričovské Podhradie-Lietavská Lúčka, all of which are situated in Žilina Region. Moreover, the company plans to initiate work on the Triblavina intersection in Bratislava Region, and complete another intersection on a stretch between Studenec and Behárovce in Prešov Region, TASR wrote.
In addition to this, the company plans to work on the construction of three stretches of the R2 dual carriageway in Trenčín and Banská Bystrica Regions, as well as to start work on two stretches of the D3 highway, Svrčinovec-Skalité and Žilina Strážov-Žilina Brodno, both in Žilina Region, and a 13.5-kilometre R3 expressway stretch between Tvrdošín and Nižná, also in Žilina Region.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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20. Feb 2013 at 10:00