After many years of discussion, a contract was finally signed for the construction of a tunnel under Shipka Peak. The idea of a direct connection between North and South Bulgaria dates back 125 years. It is expected that this will increase traffic safety and facilitate the passage of drivers on both sides of Stara Planina mountain throughout the year. This project will also have a positive impact on tourism, as well as the economic and social development of the region. According to the Road Infrastructure Agency, with the construction of the tunnel, heavy goods traffic should increase by more than 90 percent, and light traffic – by more than 50 percent. Calculations show that traffic through the tunnel will be twice as high and will increase to more than 10,000 vehicles per day. The facility should be completed in 3.5 years.
For the Veliko Tarnovo district this year repairs are planned for about 150 km, which are a part from the national road network. They will be included in the new program of the regional ministry for 2022. Complete repairs will be made on the main road I-4 in the part Sevlievo – Veliko Tarnovo to the town of Omurtag in Targovishte region, or it is about 72 km. The 3 km road section, which starts from the Yantra Hotel in Veliko Tarnovo and reaches the Dervent area, will also be rehabilitated. Repairs are also planned for the third-class road from the village of Koevtsi to Suhindol with a length of 10 km, as well as 50 km from the road Veliko Tarnovo to the border with Ruse district.
The Municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa has started preparations for the construction of the Northern Bypass Road. It will connect Gorna Oryahovitsa and the Eastern Industrial Zone with the routes of Hemus Motorway and Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo Motorway. The first stage of the work is the design and preparation of a plot plan. A public procurement with two separate positions has been launched.
In the afternoon of November 11, the traffic on the repaired nearly 22 km from the Pass of the Republic – road II-55, in the section Kilifarevo – Predela is restored. With the completion of the construction works the traffic safety during the forthcoming winter season should be highly increased.
Hainboaz is an extremely tense road artery in our country, with between 8,000 and 12,000 vehicles pass daily through it. The route is the main road connection for the intensive heavy traffic between Northern and Southern Bulgaria, as well as for the passengers from the Danube Bridge 1 border crossing through Stara Planina to the Kapitan Andreevo and Makaza border checkpoint. The condition of the pass on the territory of Veliko Tarnovo region was highly compromised. There were broken safety nets and guardrails, the slopes needed to be torn down and stabilized.