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Beginning of the implementation of the Shipka tunnel project in Bulgaria

The Shipka Peak tunnel in the Balkan mountain range in Bulgaria will be carried out by the PSVT consortium. Bulgaria has awarded the design-build contract for the tunnel, which is part of the Gabrovo city bypass, for around US$200 million.

The tunnel will pass under Shipka Peak, which rises 1,329 meters above sea level in Bulgaria’s Balkan Mountains and is part of the Bulgarka Nature Park. From Ruse to Haskovo, I-5 follows European route E85.

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The project is considered part of the bypass of the city of Gabrovo. The city, located on the Yantra River, is also at the geographical center of the country. It is known as the international capital of satire and humor. Moreover, it is the longest city in Bulgaria, stretching 25 kilometers along the Yantra and only 1 km wide in some places. The higher bypass in the narrow valley has been under construction for several years.

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Shipka Peak Tunnel Project Details

According to the National Road Infrastructure Agency, four bids have been obtained for the project. Thus, the PSVT consortium, led by the companies Patni Stroezhi and Veliko Tarnovo, had the lowest bid.

Under the offer, PVST would have a 34% stake in the project, with local consortium partners Hydrostroy and Patinzheneringstroy-T each holding a 33% stake. The project will be funded by the Transport Connectivity Operational Program 2021-2027 of the Bulgarian government. The Shipka tunnel is expected to significantly reduce travel times between the northern and southern regions of Bulgaria. The Balkan Range separates the regions, making traffic highly dependent on weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian transport ministry has announced that Bulgaria and Romania plan to build five bridges over the Danube. Bulgaria is expected to start dredging along parts of the river this month, at a cost of around 7.7 million euros. Bulgaria and Romania will also submit a joint request to the EU for the funding of river engineering works.

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