Work commences on a new section of Slovakia's D1 motorway

Construction of a new stretch of dual-carriage motorway, approximately 13.5 km in length and running past Lietavská Lúčka, Višňové and Dubná Skala in the Žilina region (Žilinský kraj) of northern Slovakia, is now under way. The section forms part of the D1 motorway, which is to link Bratislava with the Slovak-Ukranian border via Žilina and Košice, creating a southern bypass around Žilina.

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The new Lietavská Lúčka–Višňové–Dubná Skala section of the D1 built under the project connects the Hričovské Podhradie–Lietavská Lúčka and Višňové–Dubná Skala sections. It forms a part of the Baltic-Adriatic corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network.

The D1 motorway contributes to improving regional transport links along the transport corridor linking Bratislava, Žilina and Košice, as well as international connections with neighbouring countries, particularly Ukraine. This should bring benefits such as reduced journey times both for local inhabitants and international road users.

Varying speed limits between tunnel and non-tunnel sections

Part of the new stretch of motorway takes the form of a tunnel, situated near Višňové and around 7.5 km in length. The project also includes construction of 10 bridges, 18 retaining walls with a total length of nearly 3 km and two noise protection barriers.

On the above-ground sections of the Lietavská Lúčka–Višňové–Dubná Skala stretch of road, the speed limit has been set at 100 km/h. In the interests of road safety, it is lower in the Višňové tunnel, standing at 80 km/h.

Construction takes place over two phases, with over EUR 16.9 million of funding provided from the EU Cohesion Fund within the framework of the Operational Programme for Transport in Slovakia. Total funding for the project is in the area of EUR 22.5 million. In the longer term, the project is to be partially self-financing, with net revenue generated in the form of motorway tolls.

Improved regional transport links and international connections

The road passes through a touristic area of the country. Lietavská Lúčka and Višňové are villages in the district of Žilina. Lietavská Lúčka lies at an altitude of 370 m above sea level and covers an area of 6.496 km². Its population numbers close to 1 800 people. Višňové is situated at an altitude of 450 m. It covers an area of 15.17 km² and has in the region of 2 500 inhabitants.

Famous for its large quarry, Dubná Skala is a cadastral area of the town of Vrútky, in the Martin district of the Žilinský kraj. It is situated on the left back of the Váh, a tributary of the Danube and the longest river within Slovakia.

The district lies within the north-eastern part of the Lúčanská Malá Fatra mountain range, at the eastern foot of the Grun, which rises to an altitude of 1 100 m above sea level and close to the Mala kopa, with a height of 758 m. Vrútky is a town of over 7 000 inhabitants, lying 3 km from Martin, Slovakia's eighth largest city, in the historic Turiec region, at the confluence of the Váh and Turiec rivers.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “D1 Lietavská Lúčka – Višňové – Dubná Skala, I. phase” is           EUR 22 510 618, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 16 927 872 through the “Transport” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.

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