Travelling time from Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia to the Black Sea coast is being further reduced by the opening on July 12 2012 of a new 35.7km stretch of the Trakiya motorway, between the towns of Nova Zagora and Yambol.
The stretch has cost about 134 million leva (about 67 million euro) to build.
An opening ceremony was scheduled for July 12, featuring Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, who boasts frequently about the achievements of his centre-right government, which took office in July 2009, in extending the country’s highways.
In line with recently-approved law that allows a higher speed limit on motorways, motorists will be able to travel up to 140km/h.
On July 1 2012, the stretch between Stara Zagora and Nova Zagora was opened. Because of the new stretches of the Trakiya motorway, travelling time from Sofia to the seaside is estimated to be from 40 minutes to an hour less than it was in June.
A 48km stretch from Karnobat to the Black Sea city of Bourgas is scheduled to be opened around the end of the first quarter of 2013.
(Map: Road Infrastructure Agency)
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