Bulgaria and Romania will build another bridge over the Danube, near Ruse, the fifth-largest city in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said yesterday evening, reports Novinite.. The gap between the bridge decks of pillars PB10 and PB11 was closed during the summer. The total length of Bulgaria’s borders is 2,245 kilometres. Bulgaria wanted to revive the isolated city of Vidin, putting the bridge as far west as possible, between Vidin and Calafat. [29] These procedures slowed down the real start of the building process to a great extent. [9] In January 2001, the cost for the bridge construction and the adjacent roads toward the bridge was estimated at US$200 million. The new bridge connecting Romania and Bulgaria via the cities of Calafat and Vidin should be ready at the beginning of May and crossing the bridge across the Danube will cost EUR 2 for cars. At the point where the railway meets the road, a gap in the median crash barrier has been adapted to serve as a U-turn lane. Only 16 months after its official opening there are potholes in the road from the bridge to the toll gates, as can be seen further on in the aforementioned video. The main road (1/E79) was supposed to have 2 lanes in each direction, but the left lane now ends into the U-turn-facility, which is signposted rather sparsely, thus forming a safety risk to both traffic overtaking at higher speeds and cyclists, as can be seen in this video, filmed in October 2014. The Cernavodă Bridge is a complex of two motorway-railroad truss bridges in Romania, across the Danube River, connecting the cities of Cernavodă and Feteşti. [37] At the event, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov declared that he expected that the bridge would be opened in spring 2013. However, another video recorded in October 2014 shows that it is no longer possible to sneak through that parking lot and drive back over the bridge to Bulgaria for free. By June 2010, only the bridge crossing over the small island had been built. Further from Drobeta-Turnu Severin, the DN6 road to Lugoj, has also recently been under rehabilitation works and bypasses all the major settlements on the route. [54] These are not among the busiest roads in the country, according to a study conducted in 2010. Approaching the bridge from Vidin, Bulgaria, in the summer of 2013 it was not very clearly signposted that traffic past the Vidin exit, which lies approximately 5 kilometres from the bridge, would automatically end up at the Calafat toll gates, with no possibility to escape the toll fares. The idea was to have these segments ready long before they were needed, so that the assembly of the superstructure of the bridge could not be delayed because of possible quality problems with the concrete. It is the second bridge on the shared section of the Danube between the two countries. The Danube provides a natural border between Bulgaria and Romania. The bridge is the second on the 500-kilometer stretch of the Danube River that forms the common border between the Balkan neighbors, and is touted as a key to boosting growth in one of Europe's poorest regions. [39] In October 2012 it was expected that this company would be located in Sofia.[40]. [64], Before the opening of the bridge, Bulgarian Minister of Transport Ivaylo Moskovski said that he expected traffic across the bridge to exceed 100,000 vehicles in the first year,[65] although initially estimates suggested a volume of 3,000 vehicles per day,[66] which is closer to the one of the Giurgiu–Ruse Bridge. It is an extradosed bridge and was built by the Spanish company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, at the cost of €226 million. Meanwhile, the Danube riverbank was being prepared for the construction of a concrete factory. Formerly known as Danube Bridge 2, the New Europe Bridge is part of a major transport infrastructure upgrade in Bulgaria and Romania. The Danube Bridge 2 makes travelling in and out of Bulgaria through Vidin much easier than it was previously by ferry boat. In its first year of operation, it was discovered that water was leaking in between the asphalt road cover and the bridge deck. „Danube bridgeVidin-Calafat“ АD, 15.10.2020. But along the 470-kilometer river stretch, there is only one road connection over one bridge. „DanubebridgeVidin-Calafat“ АD, 10.11.2020, Due to implementation of repair works on road overpass on E-79 in the Romanian part of the Border check-point at Danube Bridge Vidin–Calafat, from October 26th 2020 to November 09th 2020 a temporary road organization will be introduced. Protesters demand the resignations of Premier Boyko Borissov and prosecutor General Ivan Geshev. [23][24] According to former Romanian Minister of Transport, Constructions and Tourism Radu Berceanu, construction was planned to be completed in 2010, with most of the construction to be done by Bulgarian subcontractors.[25][26]. :-) Trees on the small island on the Bulgarian side of the Danube however took a long time to be cut off. Bulgaria needs to improve its road links with the rest of Europe as it is now a prime vacation destination in the EU. 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They are also protesting against air pollution in the city. Instead of its official name, Bulgarians tend to simply call it the Dunav most, which means Danube Bridge. [50] Traffic analysis on this route have indicated that (as of 2013) it did not require a motorway status,[51] therefore Bulgaria's priorities remain finishing the already started motorway projects, such as the Hemus and the Struma motorways, as well as the new planned Europe motorway, between Sofia and the Serbian border. In 1999, a stability pact for South East Europe was signed by banks and national governments, aiming to bring investments to countries like Bulgaria and Romania. Chairman of this stability pact was Bodo Hombach, who had set up a great lobby in favor of the new bridge between Vidin and Calafat. [22], Construction officially began on 13 May 2007 in Vidin in the presence of Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Erhard Busek. Before this bridge opened, the only connection between Bulgaria and Romania was the Ruse bridge (in the east, around 55 kilometres from Vidin), which will now be refurbished. [34] Throughout the year 2012 the bridge got into shape. Dry summers come with low water levels in the Danube river, which sometimes caused the ferry to get stuck at the loading ramp, making waiting times even longer. Even though the linking roads are still far from motorway standards, the New Europe Bridge (Danube Bridge 2) has become highly popular among transport companies, because it provides a road with no custom checks from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey to Austria, Germany and the rest of Europe, through Romania and Hungary, without leaving the European Union. [18][19] Thanks to the lobby of Bodo Hombach, the European Investment Bank granted the project a credit loan of €50 million in December 2000. Despite the low water levels in the Danube river construction continued swiftly, working on the abutment A3, on the Romanian river bank. Starting at PB9, the bridge deck was extended segment by segment and soon the first stay cables could be seen. [44], The opening of the bridge was estimated to take place in May 2013,[45][46] but technical problems have caused further delay. Note: Sorry for the dirty windshield, water frozen at SOFIA, BG!!!! During the night, with little trucks arriving, ferry passengers had to wait several hours to cross the Danube river. This bridge is connecting Bulgaria (Ruse) and Romania (Giurgiu) over the great Danube river. Starting from 1993, there was a long and bitter dispute between Romania and Bulgaria about the location of the second Danube bridge. Vehicles travelling from Vidin to Novo selo shall use one of the two lanes of the roadway. The movement of vehicles from Bulgaria to Romania shall use the right lane on the roadway. In February 2012, the Bulgarian Minister of European Union Funds Management Tomislav Donchev said that he expected the bridge to be finished by the end of 2012. The Giurgiu–Ruse Bridge was built with help from the Soviet Union and opened in 1954 as the Friendship Bridge (Bulgarian: Мост на дружбата, Most na druzhbata). In 1998, Greece offered to invest in the bridge, since they wanted a road linking Thessaloniki to the rest of Europe through Romania, as Greece was also cut off from Europe by the war in Kosovo and the boycott against Yugoslavia. The height of the bridge is consistent with the high water of the Danube river and the height of the largest ships, that guarantees their free passage. Official website of the maintenance company of the bridge, website of the construction of Danube Bridge 2, Construction of ... Bridge ... at Vidin-Calafat, Bridge ... between Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania), FCC`s teamwork in the Danube Vidin-Calafat`s bridge, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_Europe_Bridge&oldid=997255548, Articles with dead external links from December 2016, Articles with dead external links from October 2010, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Articles containing Bulgarian-language text, Articles containing Romanian-language text, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2013, Articles with failed verification from July 2013, Articles with dead external links from July 2013, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Four lanes of roadway, one railway track and a combined bicycle path/pedestrian walkway (, Trucks up to 7.5 t; Vehicles between 9 and 23 seats, Trucks over 12 t with up to 3 axles; Vehicles with over 23 seats, Images with the construction status of the bridge were posted regularly on the, A live traffic camera has been installed. [55], The DN56 road from Calafat to Craiova, considered to be in a poor condition, is currently under rehabilitation works[56] and runs through most of the settlements on the route. In 2005 and 2006, consultants were hired to control all procedures in the building process and private companies were invited to send in a bid. Romania and Bulgaria are currently connected by two bridges across the Danube: the Giurgiu-Ruse bridge, inaugurated in 1954 and the Calafat (Romania) – Vidin (Bulgaria) bridge, inaugurated in 2013. There is also another road from Sofia to Vidin (81), via Kostinbrod and through the Petrohan Pass to Montana. The official opening has been scheduled for June 14 and will be attended by Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn. Vidin municipality had split up land that was needed for the bridge into smaller parcels. 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