New expressway improves transport connections

Construction of a 7.8 km section of the R2 expressway between Zvolen East and Pstruša in central Slovakia looks set to cut journey times for local, national and international travellers.

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The new four-lane expressway has a design speed of 120 km/h and replaces the existing two-lane road. This project forms part of a wider scheme to build the R2 expressway from Trenčin to Košice. The new dual carriageway also forms part of the international and European E571 route, which travels through the country in an east-west direction.

Saving time on busy route

When complete, the Zvolen East and Pstruša section of expressway will offer time savings of four minutes – a reduction of 50 % compared to existing travel times. Daily traffic volume on the R2 is expected to reach 13 790 vehicles/day in 2016.

Those benefitting directly from the new road include people living in the nearby municipalities of Pstruša, Víglas, Detva and Kriváň, as well as national commuters and tourists. Businesses in the industrial zones of Zvolen and Detva also look set to benefit from the improvements.

In addition to providing the new section of R2, the project includes construction of 1.3 km-long single carriageway feeder road. It also provides seven new bridges, one intersection, more than 3 500 metres of noise barriers and about 15 000 metres of expressway fencing. Work to protect water courses and sources of drinking water are included in the scheme.

The National Highway Company is responsible for the administration and operation of this section of road and the collection of tolls. The company is fully owned and managed by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “R2 Zvolen, East - Pstruša” is EUR 76 501 050, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 55 928 770 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Road Infrastructure (expressways and first class roads)”.

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