New bypass to ease congestion and improve quality of life in Western Slovenia

A 3 932 m bypass around the historical town of Škofja Loka aims to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and cut CO2 emissions.

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The existing road running through Škofja Loka's centre is considered too narrow to allow continuous traffic flow in both directions and has in the past caused severe traffic congestion, especially during peak travel times. The lack of pavements and the narrow streets have also threatened the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

Better safety, less pollution

By avoiding the centre, the new bypass is set to vastly improve safety standards in Škofja Loka. Moreover, as the new stretch of road runs through a mainly uninhabited area, any negative environmental impact on the historic centre is all but eliminated with noise and air pollution set to decrease dramatically. This in turn increases the quality of life for the town's residents who can enjoy streets free of traffic.

In addition, the bypass is expected to significantly reduce travel times between Kranj and Poljane Sora Valley on the R1-210 road. In fact, local authorities predict that the bypass could serve as a catalyst for both the residential and economic development of the Valley.

Seven bridges are being constructed, two of which cross the Sora and Poljane rivers. Six crossroads are also foreseen; 1 157 m of noise barriers are planned, given the bypass proximity to urban areas. As a section of the road is in close proximity to residents, a bicycle lane and path are being built and connect with nearby facilities. Traffic signage and lights, drainage and landscaping are also foreseen.

Beyond the bypass, a 660 m tunnel is being constructed in order to completely avoid the historical village of Puštal. This new tunnel is also good news for the environment and a welcome addition for local residents.

In all, 20 jobs are being created during the construction works.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of Poljane bypass of Škofja Loka” is EUR 51 841 828, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 35 219 675 from the Operational Programme “Development of environment and transport infrastructure” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis of "Transport infrastructure”.

Draft date

10/06/2015