Bulgaria's road agency said on Tuesday it has signed a 185.4 million levs contract with a local consortium for the construction of the 2 km Zheleznitsa tunnel on Struma motorway, which will be the country's longest. The winning tie-up consists of constructon companies GP Group, Global Construction and Via Plan, the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) said in a statement. RIA signed the deal after the Commission for Protection of Competition and the Supreme Administrative Court rejected several complaints against the way the government agency had ranked the bids for the contract. The project will be co-financed by the EU Cohesion Fund and Bulgaria's national budget under Operational Programme Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020. Works must be completed by December 2023 in order to comply with the programme's requirements or Bulgaria might lose the EU financing. The implementation of the project has been delayed by the cancellation of the previous two tenders for the construction of the tunnel.