Czech tunnel link proposed as alternative
A new road tunnel link has been proposed for the town of Bilina in the Czech Republic. The project has been put forward by the country’s state road and motorway management company RSD as an alternative to the bypass originally proposed. At present the E442 route passes straight through Bilina, which is located in the north of the country and close to the border with Germany. However the road link is not considered suitable and a bypass costing an estimated €252.15 million was suggested as a way to carry traffic around the town. The 1.3km tunnel has been suggested instead as it is thought to be around half the cost of the bypass. However the project still has to receive approval from the Transport Ministry as well as other necessary regulatory approvals.