Bulgaria, Romania To Wrap Joint Danube Bridge 2 Project by End-Nov

Bulgaria, Romania To Wrap Joint Danube Bridge 2 Project by End-Nov

The Bulgarian transport ministry said on Wednesday that the project for the construction of a second bridge over the Danube linking the country with Romania is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Some 72% of the construction works and 87% of the related infrastructure have been completed so far, the ministry said in a statement, quoting a report on the progress of projects funded under the EU's Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession (ISPA) programme.

The bridge linking the Bulgarian town of Vidin, in the northwest, with Romania's Calafat on the opposite bank of the river, will have four road lanes and a railway line. The two countries currently have a bridge link at Ruse/Giurgiu.

The end-2011 overview of ISPA-funded projects in Bulgaria indicates the completed construction of 20 kilometres (km) highways, 18 road bridges, three tunnels, three road junctions, five underpasses, 11 barrages, 15 fortification walls, 32 culverts, 47 km of single-track and 20 km of double track railway sections, two traction substations, 13 railway underpasses and 13 railway overpasses.

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