Four make it into round two of Bratislava bypass tender

FOUR European consortia out of nine original bidders have made it into the second round of the public tender for constructing a motorway bypass around Bratislava.

The bypass should improve the road infrastructure of the capital. The bypass should improve the road infrastructure of the capital. (Source: Sme)

The winner of the project with the expected price tag of about €4.5 billion should be selected in the final quarter of this year, and the contract is expected to be signed by the end of 2015.

“We believe that [in the second round] we’ve got consortia that are strong and large enough to be able to offer the best technical solution for the best price,” Viktor Stromček, the state secretary of the Transport, Construction and Regional Development Ministry said at a press conference on June 22.

The first consortium is led by Strabag, the second consortium is headed by Hochtief, Cintra is leading the third consortium and the fourth consortium has Vinci at the helm, the TASR newswire wrote.

According to the Transport Ministry’s advisor for the public–private partnership project Marek Staroň, talks with individual bidders will now be launched before the commission is drawn up and the consortia are called on to present their final bids. Staroň, who expects that the contract will be signed at the end of this year, believes that the project might be resolved in financial terms in the first quarter of 2016.

The planned bypass around Bratislava should be made up of part of the D4 highway and part of the R7 dual carriageway and should be constructed under as public–private partnership project. The construction work should begin in 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2019. The construction costs have been assessed at €1.325 billion, with the overall price of the commission set to reach €4.53 billion.

The bypass is the largest contract ever in the history of Slovakia, according to Trend weekly, it can be compared with a construction of Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant or Gabčíkovo Waterworks.

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