New Danube River bridge to get €100 million finance from EU
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
The European Commission has approved around €100 million for the construction of a bridge over the River Danube between the Hungarian town of Komarom and Komarno in Slovakia.
Towards the estimated €117 million for the project, Hungary will get €52.5 million and Slovakia will receive €47.6 million under the EU's Connecting Europe Facility.
Construction will start by the end of this year. The project was delayed temporarily by changes to procurement rules in Hungary. The bridge is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2019
In 1892 Komárom and the then town of Újszőny were connected by an iron bridge and in 1896 the two towns were united under the name Komárom within the Austro-Hungarian empire. But after the empires was split up, the towns developed separately in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
Komárno is Slovakia's principal port on the Danube. It is also the centre of the Hungarian community in Slovakia, which makes up around 60% of the town's population.
Hungary’s Komárom and Slovakia’s Komárno are also connected by a more recently built so-called lifting bridge.