Nine bids have been filed for the preparation of a feasibility study on the completion of Hemus motorway, the regional development ministry said.
Companies from France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the UK and Spain are among the bidders, the ministry said.
The contract's indicative value is 1.25 million levs ($826,700/639,000 euro), net of Value Added Tax, which will be provided under EU-funded operational programme Transport.
The project includes review, evaluation and comparison of all draft designs, assessment of the need of updated traffic forecast and its implementation if necessary, update in the cost-benefit analysis and preparation of an application for project funding under the operational programme Transport.
Hemus motorway, currently under construction, will connect the capital city Sofia with Varna, situated on the Black Sea coast. It should be completed by 2020. Its planned length is 433 kilometres (km), including 129 km already in operation since 2006.