New motorway improves links between Slovakia and neighbouring countries

The first section of the new D3 motorway, due to link the north-western town of Žilina in Slovakia with the Czech Republic and Poland, is currently under construction.

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The new four-lane section of the D3 motorway, which is part of a wider project linking Slovakia and the Czech Republic with Poland, will stretch some 6.85 kilometres (km) starting on the edge of the village of Hričovské Podhradie in the Žilina region of Slovakia and finishing on the outskirts of Žilina town.

The new section will also serve as a feeder road to the D1 motorway that currently links Žilina with the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Once completed, some 696 000 people in the region around Žilina are expected to benefit from the improved links and road safety.

Improving access for international traffic

Slovakia, situated in the centre of Europe, is a significant transit country. Improved road networks will further speed up access to, from and within the country. This new motorway section is of vital importance not only for the region but also for the country as a whole as it acts as a transit road linking Žilina with the Skalite border crossing in Poland.

Construction of the D3 motorway section will further improve the living conditions of those in the region, increase the possibilities of developing tourism and also provide greater access to all of the significant industrial and administrative centres and border points.

Paying its way

As with all of the four motorways in Slovakia, a motorway toll will also be applied for the D3 motorway and this new section. Initially only freight traffic will be required to pay, while the toll system will only be introduced to passenger traffic from 2013.


Draft date

23/10/2012