Five of the 17 bridge facilities in bad condition on the motorways are being repaired. Three of them are on the Hemus Highway and two on Thrace, as announced by the Minister for Regional Development and Public Works Nikolay Nankov in the Council of Ministers, quoted by BTA.
According to him, until the end of August, the repair of three other bridge facilities will be started – two on Hemus and one on Thrace. "This will create the necessary organization of the movement," said the minister.
He recalled that seven facilities were repaired on the two motorways last year, with funds allocated more than 130 million leva. Nankov recalled that the facilities were built more than 45 years ago and that their operational lifetime is about to expire.
The minister is convinced that the repairs will be completed on November 1 and that the winter maintenance of the highways in the trucks will be restored.
"The remaining bridges will be scheduled to be repaired in 2019 – 2020, according to the budget's possibilities," said Nankov, who worked with the Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov the Prime Minister presented an estimate of the funds needed to repair bridge facilities on the motorways and first class roads, which are in a serious operational situation.
Investor.bg recalls that after the tragedy in Italy with the fallen viaduct in Genoa, which killed dozens of people, the Council of Ministers has taken measures to improve the situation of bridge facilities in Bulgaria.
According to the regional minister, 211 bridges in Bulgaria have to be repaired, including half (17) of the motorways. It concerns most facilities in Bulgaria that have not been repaired for 35-40 years. Minister Ivaylo Moskovski of transport said that such a situation is a large part of the analogue infrastructure used by the railways.
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov commissioned Nikolay Nankov and Ivaylo Moskovski to propose a solution to realize the repairs of the bridges by road and the transport infrastructure simultaneously. He proposed taking new loans for the necessary construction and repair activities, which would then return with money from the toll system. Another option is to reserve money from the state budget.
The Prime Minister urges ministers to discuss the options, one the decision will be held during the governmental meeting on 22 August.