Modern infrastructure for modern Slovakia

The new trans-regional D1 motorway from Bratislava to the eastern border of Slovakia is bringing benefits to 5.5 million Slovakians – and to all visitors to the country - combining high speeds with high comfort.

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This road is a modern part of Slovakia’s basic communications network, a key part of the national motorway and express road infrastructure linking Bratislava with the Ukrainian border. Bridges, roads and walls are designed to fit in with the local environment. Part-funded by the EU, the motorway brings jobs and convenience to millions.

Historic route

The D1 Slovakian motorway starts in the capital city of Bratislava, with its ancient castle and settlements along both banks of the Danube River and one bank of the Morava River. From Bratislava D1 journeys to Žilina, a city inhabited since the Stone Age and today an important industrial centre close to the Czech and Polish borders. After Žilina the motorway reaches Košice, a 2013 European Capital of Culture and the largest city in eastern Slovakia. Continuing still further to the very edges of the EU, this motorway touches on the border of Ukraine.

Priority transport network

D1 includes 11.217 km of new roads along the route Bratislava – Žilina – Košice – the Slovak/Ukrainian border. It is part of the EU priority trans-European road network, the so-called TEN-T programme.

The new motorway infrastructure covers 200 737 square metres in total, including 15 bridges, and necessitated 2 737 million cubic metres of earthworks. Retaining walls, soundproofing walls and water flow adjustments make sure the network fits into its surroundings.

It is estimated that the construction works will create 400 jobs. 20 are likely to be created when the motorway is in place.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Motorway ’D1 Fričovce – Svinia’” is EUR 167 791 974 with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 84 812 484 through the “Transport” operational programme for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the priority “Road Infrastructure (TEN-T)”.

Draft date

14/08/2014