Today at 11.00 hours was held an open inspection of the project “Construction of Ljulin Motorway: Sofia Ring Road – Daskalovo Junction” by a team led by the Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Meglena Plugtschieva. It was attended by Deputy Minister of Transport Mrs. Vessela Gospodinova, Mrs. Nelly Yordanova - Director of Coordination of Programmes and Projects Directorate in the Ministry of Transport, Mrs. Boryana Pencheva - Director of Management of EU Funds Directorate within the Ministry of Finance and other participants. The teams of mayors and governors of the town of Sofia and the town of Pernik and media representatives were invited to participate in the inspection as well. National Road Infrastructure Agency (NRIA) was presented by the chairman of the Supervisory Board Mr. Ivan Atanasov, Executive Director of the Agency Mr. Yanko Yankov, Deputy Executive Director Mr. Assen Antov, Director of Operational Control and Risk Management – Mr. Doncho Atanassov, Head of the Project Management and Implementation Unit Mr. Frank Weindorf, Mrs. Vassilka Kostadinova - Director of OP Transport and Cohesion Fund Projects Management and other experts from the NRIA. In her welcoming Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Meglena Plugtschieva said: "With its 19 kilometers, 110 M Euro of EU funding and 37 M Euro national co-financing, the project has been under construction for two years and four months and went through all possible difficulties. The expectation is that the entire project of 19 kilometers should be completed by the middle of 2010. ISPA programme completes in 2010 and in any case the date when this motorway would be operational should not be delayed. In this regard I rely on the media and the public to monitor implementation of this commitment along with the Managing Authority and NRIA. I allow myself to recall that one year before Ljulin Motorway was a symbol of failure for Bulgaria in the management of EU funds. A project that was hopeless and unfortunately it was extremely burdened with mistrust and suspicion by the Bulgarian society. Today, one year later, I presume to say that the highway is a symbol of Bulgaria's success in managing funds from the EU and much more important - a symbol of our success when we work all together ... On the basis of the large scale work done, the essential change in the way of working, in the administration of funds and most of all the control over their implementation, today can boast of this result . This is the way we should continue - NRIA bear a great responsibility for both operational programmes – Transport and Regional Development. With this pace of work, with this transparency and this quality we should go further ahead...” The representatives got familiar with the progress of the construction works at Ljulin Motorway. As of 16 June 2009 the financial performance is 30.45 % (41 836 007, 57 euro) and the physical implementation is about 28%. About 8 M Euro are under consideration for payment, by which the financial performance will reach around 50 M Euro or 36.28 %. Implementation of the project is funded at 75 % from the ISPA pre-accession instrument, now Cohesion Fund under EU Regulation 1164/94 and 25 % are national co-financing. The project concerns the construction of new motorway of approximately 20 km in length which will connect Sofia with the road network corridors to FYR Macedonia (the E871 on Corridor VIII) and to Greece (the E 79 on Corridor IV). The new motorway will serve to distribute north-south traffic from Bulgaria to neighbouring countries in the direction of the Sofia-Greece and Sofia-FYROM borders. The technical design comprises of construction of motorway width of 29 m (two lanes in each direction, dividing strip and emergency lane) and designed speed of 110 km/h. Further to the mountainous terrain and the requirements for protection of the environment, the design provides for the construction of numerous structures: 3 cut and cover tunnels with total length of 1260 м; 26 bridges and viaducts with total length of 6 000 м; 3 road junctions and retaining walls with total length of 2 762 м. The pavement has been designed for bearing capacity of 16 t/axle. Forestation for noise protection and noise barriers will be executed mainly in the vicinity of Malo Buchino village.

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