Bulgaria, Romania Inaugurate Second Danube Bridge
Thursday, 01 January 1970
Bulgaria and Romania inaugurated on Friday a second bridge over their shared section of the Danube, linking the towns of Vidin and Calafat.
The bridge project, which took six years to complete, represents an investment of 275 million euro ($366 million) and was partially funded by the European Union.
The 1.9-kilometre bridge allows for both road and rail traffic, comprising a four-lane motorway, a bike path, two pedestrian walkways and central railway tracks.
A Bulgarian-Romanian joint venture will be in charge of the operation of the facility which is expected to be used by more than 100,000 vehicles a year.
Before the bridge opened, the only connection between Bulgaria and Romania was the Ruse bridge, in the east, around 55 kilometres from Vidin, which will now be refurbished.
The Vidin-Calafat bridge is part of Pan-European transport Corridor IV, which runs from Dresden to Istanbul and is considered an essential network for the development of transport in the region.