Transport Minister: Sections of D4 and R7 to be constructed as PPPs

A section of the D4 highway set to form the Bratislava bypass, along with first two sections of the R7 expressway, will be built as a public-private-partnership (PPP) project, the Transport, Construction and Regional Development Minister Ján Počiatek said September 4. According to Počiatek, the ministry reached this decision based on “mathematics”, as neither the state budget nor the European funds of the next programming period contain adequate resources to finance the construction of these roads.

A section of the D4 highway set to form the Bratislava bypass, along with first two sections of the R7 expressway, will be built as a public-private-partnership (PPP) project, the Transport, Construction and Regional Development Minister Ján Počiatek said September 4.

According to Počiatek, the ministry reached this decision based on “mathematics”, as neither the state budget nor the European funds of the next programming period contain adequate resources to finance the construction of these roads.

“The only way to build these extremely important road sections is to use PPP,” said Počiatek as quoted by the TASR newswire. Therefore, the PPP project is likely to cover the part of Bratislava bypass from Jarovce to Rača and the first two sections of R7 from Bratislava to south Slovakia. “A third section of the R7 could, theoretically, be constructed also with the use of EU funds,” Počiatek said.

The ministry plans to launch a tender for the position of an advisor for the project. Once the advisor is selected in 2015, the construction works are slated to begin. According to estimates, the total costs are likely to equal €1.3 billion – plus expenditures to cover the repossession of real estate and other project-related activities.

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