Highway between Bratislava and Trnava should be widened in 2028

Widening lanes between Bratislava and Trnava solved the big onrush of vehicles, but there are doubts about safety.

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The D1 highway between Bratislava and Trnava will be widened along with emergency lanes, probably only in 2028. The National Highway Company (NDS) plans to widen it in several phases, the SITA newswire reported.

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Parts between the capital, the Triblavina crossroad and Senec will have eight lanes (four in each direction) and the part between crossroad Blatné near Senec and Trnava will have six lanes. The Bratislava – Triblavina part should be done by 2023.

The belated construction of the Triblavina crossroad should last until 2020. Originally, it should have been finished by 2017, then by November 2019 and now it is clear that this date is not real anymore.

Construction work between Triblavina and Senec should begin in 2022. The constructers plan to request the building permit by the end of this year. It is assumed that the Blatné-Trnava part will be widened by 2028.

The first two phases are in the process of obtaining a construction permit, according to NDS, while the third is in the preparation process.

No emergency lanes

Adding a lane in each direction on the D1 between Bratislava and Trnava more than ten years ago solved the big onrush of vehicles, according to the NasaDoprava.sk website, but there have been doubts about safety. Emergency lanes in this part of the highway were cancelled in the process. The maximum speed is reduced from 130 to 110 kilometres per hour in this part.

“The construction of the regular emergency lane will be carried out within the widening of the highway,” informed Michaela Michalová, spokesperson of NDS, as quoted by SITA.

Changing the two highway lanes to three has increased the capacity of the highway but in case of an emergency situation, it could get drivers into a very unpleasant situation. The ministry claims that changes were consulted with police and traffic inspectorate and that all changes are suitable for safety conditions on the highway.

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