New motorway brings major benefits to entire country

Construction of an 18 km stretch of the D1 motorway between the villages of Jánovce and Jablonov in eastern Slovakia is bringing a multitude of economic, access and safety benefits to the country’s 5.5 million people – as well as to international travellers.

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The D1 is a key transport corridor connecting Slovakia’s major population centres in Bratislava, Žilina and Košice. It is being transformed into a safe, high-capacity expressway, which offers motorists the chance to travel in comfort on the best trans-regional route in the country.

The new motorway also forms part of the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) connecting Bratislava with the Ukrainian border. TEN-T is an EU co-financed programme aimed at making it easier for people and goods to travel in and between Member States.

Building better connections

This project has been divided into two sub-sections. The first part is 9 km long and begins in Jánovce as a continuation of a previously built section of the D1. It includes an interconnection linking the D1 with I/18 and II/536 roads. This stretch ends with an interchange built at Levoča, where it then connects with the second part, which is 9.5 km long and includes a tunnel at Šibeník as well as a resting area at Levoča. In addition, a feeder road built at Levoča serves to connect the city of Spišská Nová Ves to the D1.

Furthermore, 22  bridges (16 of which are motorway bridges) will be built, as well as five noise barriers with a total length of 1.8  km; and 2.7  km of retaining walls.

This project is expected to generate 20  jobs during the implementation phase and 12 upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “D1 Jánovce - Jablonov” is EUR 264 960 061, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 146 368 833 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period, under the priority “Road infrastructure TEN-T”.

Draft date

27/11/2014