Bulgaria eyes €6.1 billion infra plan

The programme includes building up to five bridges across the Danube River.
Highway & Network Management / January 17, 2022 1 minute Read
By David Arminas
Tunnels in the Stara Planina mountain range, also known as the Balkan Range, are part of planned highway infrastructure improvements (image © Woravit Vijitpanya/Dreamstime)

Bulgaria is looking to set up a four-year infrastructure programme worth around €6.1 billion (US$7.05 billion), according to media reports.

Assen Vassilev, the finance minister, made the announcement, noting that the programme includes building up to five bridges across the Danube River to Romania and three road tunnels under the Stara Planina mountain range.

Work on the Struma and Cherno More motorways is also included in the programme, he said.

The 156km Struma motorway runs from the capital Sofia to the border with Greece. Some sections of the route pass through difficult terrain and work has involved construction of viaducts and tunnels.

Meanwhile, the 103km-long Cherno More motorway will be part of the Pan-European Corridor VIII and link the major tourist cities of Varna and Burgas as it passes along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Several sections are already finished, including from the Asparuhov Bridge in Varna to the village of Priseltsi.