Over 5.42 Million Euro have been invested in the reconstruction of 15 km of Road III-867 Madan - Zlatograd - Benkovski

The rehabilitation and reconstruction of 15.4 km of Road III-867 Madan – Zlatograd – Benkovskiwas completed. The third-class road is on the territory of the regions of Smolyan and Kurdzhali and is the only connection to Zlatograd and the surrounding populated areas. It connects the Municipality of Zlatograd with the neighboring municipalities - Madan, Nedelino and Kirkovo, and provides the connection between Road II-86 Rudozem - Smolyan– Asenovgrad and Road I-5 Kurdzhali – Makaza. The investment is for over 10.6 millionBGN (5.42 Million Euro).The project is under the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013.

There is a signed Act 15 for the completion of the construction works for the project. The issuance of Act 16 and the Permit for Use is forthcoming.

Three sections have been generally overhauled:

- From the fork to the village of Erma River to the western entrance of Zlatograd from km 22+157 to km 22+992 and from km 23+889 to km 28+135, with a total length of 5,081 km;

- Bulgaria Blvd. in Zlatograd has been repaired– from the western entrance to the town up to the end of the Industrial Zone from km 28+135 to km 32+478 - 4,3 km;

- From the end of the Industrial Zone to the fork for the village of Dolen from km 32+478 to km 38+443 - 5,9 km.

The access of the inhabitants from the Municipality of Zlatograd to the administrative, health care, educational and cultural services is facilitated by the reconstruction of Road III-867 and the traffic safety is enhanced. The look of the town is renewed by the repairs of the central boulevard and the connection with the border control checkpoint (BCCP) Zlatograd – Thermes – Xanthi is improved.

The technology “cold recycling” has been used during the overhaul of the road pavement of the first and the third sections. The dewatering of the road sections has been improved – the existing trenches have been cleaned, new trenches and culverts have been built up. The section passing through the center of Zlatograd is with new curbs, sidewalks and a storm-water sewerage system, the three-way junction at Bulgaria Blvd. and Khan Presiyan Str. has been reconstructed into a roundabout. Two bridges have been mainly repaired in the third section, one of which is over the Nedelinska River. The three sections are with new horizontal marking, road signs and restrictive systems.

The Contractor of the construction and assembly works is PST Group EAD (JSC). The value of the Contract is 10 649 946,37 BGN (5.445.314,64 Euro), inclusive of VAT. The construction supervision of sections 1 and 3 was exercised by EcoengineeringEOOD, and of section 2 by Eco Bul. The Contracts for Construction Supervision are at the total value of 120 348 BGN (61.533,90 Euro), inclusive of VAT.

Project “Developingquality accessibility networks for creating acommon future”(AccessNet) with sub-project: “Reconstruction of Road III-867 Madan – Zlatograd – Benkovski from km 22+157 to km 22+992 and from km 23+889 to km 28+135, from km 28+135 to km 32+478 and from km 32+478 to km 38+443“ is financed under the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013. It is cо-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (85%) and the national budgets (15%).

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