Major new link in Europe’s motorway network

A new stretch of four-lane motorway is to be built in Eastern Slovenia, forming part of a motorway between Maribor, Slovenia’s second city, and Croatia. Planners expect it to ease access to the Štajerska (Lower Styria) region and to take pressure off crowded local main roads.

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Almost 20 km in length, the new motorway section from Slivnica to Draženci will be an important addition to the region’s transport infrastructure. It will also form part of the EU’s Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T).

Four lanes over 20 km

The project for this motorway section is co-funded by the EU’s Cohesion Fund. Its financed infrastructure will be operated by DARS d.d. motorway company in Slovenia.

The four-lane stretch of motorway financed in this project is part of the motorway between Maribor and Croatia. It has a total length of 19.85 km and runs from just south of Maribor in a south-easterly direction, before intersecting the east-west backbone motorway between the nation’s capital Ljubljana and Ormož close to the Slovenia-Croatia border.

The project results in part from the increasing long-distance traffic in the region, which links Graz in Austria to the north and Croatia to the south. The region is therefore also part of a major emerging network between Greece, the Balkans and central and northern Europe.

There are three goals for the Maribor-Slivnica-Draženci-Gruškovje motorway, in which the Slivnica-Draženci section will play an important role. Firstly, it will take pressure off the crowded main roads in the Štajerska area, home to more than 325 000 people and increasingly popular with tourists. It will also increase network capacity, shifting most transit traffic to the motorway. Lastly, it will help complete the TEN-T strategy, with the Slovene section of the Graz-Zagreb motorway further reinforcing the north-south transport route to the Balkans.

Reducing traffic chaos

Work on the Slivnica-Draženci motorway will end around 2013. Besides the two intersections, it will include four access points.

The new infrastructure will include 23 overpass bridges, five motorway bridges, a viaduct, five underpasses and a culvert. The project will also construct a petrol station and rest area, both accessible from each side of the motorway. In addition, several fences will be constructed to protect people and animals from traffic and to reduce traffic noise for nearby inhabitants.

The project will considerably enhance traffic conditions , especially for people in the Štajerska region. Their main roads will be safer and they will be able to move more easily between workplaces and local supply centres.

The motorway section could reduce time costs by some €13.6 million in 2010. Local road fatalities are also expected to fall by half.

Draft date

24/06/2010