D1 will be extended, drivers may expect traffic jams

The traffic jams that drivers witness every day when entering Bratislava via the D1 will get worse before they get better.

D1 highway, illutsrative stock photoD1 highway, illutsrative stock photo (Source: Sme Ján Krošlák)

Construction works on the extension of the D1 highway and the new Bratislava ring-road have begun.The whole process will start with the demolition of one of 12 highway bridges between Bratislava and Trnava, the Pravda daily wrote. Part of the construction will also be the demolition of the existing section near Ivanka pri Dunaji which will be lifted to create an overpass.

The Transport Ministry plans more limitations on the road, though, as the road will also have to be connected with the new D4 bypass and the difference in height must be solved. “The D1 will be lifted,” Transport Minister Árpád Érsek explained. “This will not be a small intervention – and we are not ready for that yet.”  

He admitted to Pravda that they do not have much time to accomplish the reconstruction as the Spanish company should complete the construction of the Bratislava ring-road by autumn 2020. Thus, the works on the D1 need to be completed by the beginning of 2019, which means drivers will have to be patient, Érsek added.

During recent repairs on the key D1 highway in the neighbouring Czech Republic, both countries experienced collapses; something similar is expected also now, near Bratislava.

The demolishing of bridges on the D1 began on October 15, within the construction of the Blatné junction which will take several months and cost about €23 million. It will be done by the Eurovia and Doprastav companies. 

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