Slovak expressway

A new enlarged stretch of road has been constructed along the R1, part of Slovakia’s national road network, is expected to bring improved international, inter-regional and regional accessibility and development.

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The project involves the construction of a new segment of dual-carriageway, part of the R1 expressway. The new segment is 18 km long, and will become an important link in the region’s developing transport network.  It will run from Žarnovica to Šášovské Podhradie.

The new segment of dual-carriageway has a total length of 18 047 m, and is built with a design speed of 100 km/h and a maximum permitted speed of 130 km/h. It includes 18 expressway bridges and three intersections at Revištské Podzámčie, Lehôtka pod Brehmi, and Šášov. Environmental compensation measures include 10 415 m of noise reduction barriers.

After implementation of the project, the National Motorway Company, which is owned and controlled by the Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications of the Slovak Republic, will be in charge of operating the project. It is expected that freight and bus traffic will be tolled from 2010 and passenger traffic from 2013.

The R1 expressway itself, links the two biggest Slovak cities — the capital Bratislava in the west and Košice in the east — via the country’s south. This southern corridor is part of the European road network E 58, linking Vienna in Austria with Rostov-na-Donu in Russia.

The R1 expressway is already an important cog in the regional road network. It branches off the D1 motorway at Trnava, and is the backbone of the Slovak road network. From a national perspective, this new section of expressway is important because it has been constructed with a view to developing inter-regional and transit traffic, as well as enhancing regional and local needs. The aim of its development is to help ensure continued economic development and improved accessibility in the region of Banská Bystrica.

The main objectives of this transport infrastructure are to improve international, inter-regional and regional accessibility by time and cost savings, and to increase levels of services and road safety. From a regional perspective, the main beneficiaries the newly constructed R1 section will initially be the inhabitants of Žiar nad Hronom, with a population of about 48 000, and Žarnovica with a population of 28 000.

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