FRENZY ABOUT THE LYULIN HIGHWAY SUPERVISION BEGINS
The European Commission Delegation in Bulgaria approved on October 19 the documents for selection of a supervisor for the construction of the Lyulin highway. The tender notice should be published by the European Commission and then the Roads Agency with the construction ministry will begin to collect application forms.
The price of the project for construction of the highway and the construction supervision amounts to EUR148.4MN, of which EUR111.3MN will be received free under the ISPA program and EUR37.1MN will be provided as co-financing from the state budget. Construction companies are demonstrating great interest in the highway. More than 90 Bulgarian and foreign companies declared willingness to take part in the procedure. The numerous questions and requests for further information forced the ministry to extend the deadline for submission of offers till October 26. The competition will be open for companies and consortiums from the European Union, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro. At this stage, they will only be required to have finished successfully two projects of this type later than 1999, each of them worth more than EUR40MN.
The highway will be 19 km long, it will have two roadways and a hard shoulder in each direction. Tunnels with a total length of 1,269 m will be built along the road, as well as nearly 6 km of entrances and exits. The construction work is expected to last about 18 months and a kilometre of the highway should cost about EUR7.8MN - three times the price of a kilometre of the Hemus and the Trakiya highways. The price is higher because of the numerous ecological and noise isolation requirements. Lyulin will connect the northern arc of the ring-road with the Daskalovo centre near Pernik.
In the meantime, three members of the Supreme Administrative Court rejected the appeals filed by several non-government organisations against the decision of the Minister of Environment and Waters to approve an assessment of the highway's impact on the environment. The magistrates found it unreasonable to complain that regardless of the assessment, ecological evaluation should have been made with a separate procedure and a separate report.