Bulgaria govt to construct dangerous road sections with aid of EU fund
Bulgaria govt to construct dangerous road sections with aid of EU fund

Sofia, Bulgaria: Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development and Public Works Minister Grozdan Karadjov, in his recent statement, assured the general public to repair the damaged and dangerous road sections in Bulgaria. These will be the areas where are higher chances of accidents, which are generally more than 80 sections.

The remarks were made by the Minister during an international road safety conference in Sofia on Wednesday under the title of – “Vision Zero for the Balkans”.

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The Minister further highlighted the plans of the Bulgarian government to repair 3,000 km of the country’s national roads in the ongoing year, including the motorways as well as first-class roads.

“The work of road construction will be done under very strict supervision and using cutting-edge technology”, the Minister further added.

The money for the road infrastructure will also be taken from the funds provided by the European Union.

He then outlines that the new EU-backed Regional Development Programme for the period until 2027 is having a total amount of more than BGN 380 million for constructing road infrastructure. On the other end, more than BNG 750 million will be financed for upgrading public transport systems in those fifty (50) municipalities.

Smart systems such as – innovative traffic lights and electronic display panels will also be installed. Meanwhile, new bus stops, bikeways and pedestrian areas will also be constructed.

Recently the Interior Ministry of the country released data stating that since the beginning of 2022 to May 2022, a total of 175 Bulgarians died due to road accidents. The official statistics were revealed on June 1.

Around 2228 accidents have been reported by the Bulgarian police authorities since January this year, in which nearly 2755 Bulgarians sustained serious injuries. Last month – May, recorded a total of 585 road accidents.

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According to the data of the European Commission, Bulgaria had the second-highest road fatality rate in the European Union till 2021.