Motorway construction enhances transport links

Major developments along the ‘Ponikve – Hrastje’ motorway section, including bridges, interchanges, safety barriers and viaducts will improve the north-south route connecting the EU with the Balkans, saving time, money and lives.

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Once completed, the 7.165 km section will boost the region’s attractiveness for business, increase the network’s capacity and help ensure that more remote settlements are accessible.

A mosaic of road infrastructure

The ‘Ponikve – Hrastje’ motorway section (part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) from Salzburg to Thessaloniki) was opened to traffic in June 2010. The section links up with newly built sections to the east and west. The ‘Dole’ viaduct and the ‘Trebnje-east’ and ‘Mirna peč’ interchanges are among the engineering structures to be built in this project.

To facilitate the works, deviations of existing roads and relocations or construction of new public utility lines (water supply, sewerage, electricity, lighting, gas, telecommunications and emergency calls) will be carried out. Given the size and nature of the works, 98 direct jobs will be created while the works are being carried out, a further 5 once the road infrastructure system is up and running.

Europeans link up on the road 

The three main beneficiaries of this project are local residents, road users and the TEN-T network. For inhabitants in the south-eastern part of the Ljubljana and Dolenjska regions, the section serves as a new interregional connection bringing a positive influence on living conditions and remote settlements, and providing a boost to tourism, regional trade and industrial centres. The local population notably will gain in terms of faster and safer daily commutes.

Larger numbers of vehicles will be able to travel on the network and the majority of transit traffic will be shifted to the motorway. The project will also contribute to the TEN-T strategy, with the Slovene section of the Salzburg – Ljubljana – Zagreb motorway further improving the north-south transport route which has been facing increased levels of transit transport in the area, specifically the connection between the capitals Ljubljana and Zagreb.

Figures tell a story of safety

The project speaks volumes: 22 000 metres of safety fences, 809 metres of noise protection barriers and 15 350 metres of game fences erected; 47 road deviations put in place; and 4 underpasses, 1 overpass, 1 viaduct and 2 interchanges built. In terms of lives saved, there is expected to be a 50% reduction in road fatalities along with a 40% reduction in serious injuries.


Draft date

15/02/2011