Bulgarian officials inaugurate new stretch of motorway to Greece

A number of Bulgarian officials, including President Rossen Plevneliev and Transport Minister Ivailo Moskovski attended on October 22 the official ceremony inaugurating a new stretch of the motorway linking Bulgarian capital Sofia to Koulata on the Greek-Bulgarian border.

The 37km section of motorway between the towns of Doupnitsa and Blagoevgrad in south-western Bulgaria cost 358 million leva, or about 183 million euro, to build. The bulk of the money came under EU’s operational programme for transport.

With this new stretch in operation, the Strouma motorway is now at the half-way stage, with 69km done and 67km yet to be built, but it is not expected to be in full operation for some time.

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(Bulgarian PM Boiko Borissov, second-right, and President Rossen Plevneliev, third-right, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Sofia ring-road on October 22. Photo: Road Infrastructure Agency.)