Highway company pledges to build Višňové Tunnel by 2023

Višňové tunnel has been under construction for more than 20 years, a new procurement tender has been announced recently.

The D1 stretch between Lietavská Lúčka and Dubná Skala, near Žilina, includes the construction of the longest-to-be tunnel Višňové near the settlement of Višňové. The D1 stretch between Lietavská Lúčka and Dubná Skala, near Žilina, includes the construction of the longest-to-be tunnel Višňové near the settlement of Višňové. (Source: TASR)

The story of Višňové Tunnel, near Žilina, started its new chapter after the National Highway Company (NDS) published a public procurement on the completion of the D1 highway stretch, running from Lietavská Lúčka via Višňové to Dubná Skala.

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The NDS estimates the value of the contract to reach €260.9 million excluding VAT and the construction will take no more than 36 months. The state-run company aims to complete the tender and sign a contract by the end of 2020.

“I believe construction works will fully restart again, and we will hand over this stretch to motorists in 2023,” Transport Ministry Árpád Érsek (Most-Híd) said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Some sees the deadline as unrealistic.

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