Slovakia aims to launch tender for delayed EUR 700mn highway section in June.

By bne IntelliNews January 23, 2012
Slovakia hopes to launch a tender for a controversial 13km highway stretch in June 2012, after making additional environmental impact assessments and fulfilling ecological criteria, TASR news agency reported. The European Commission has opposed to the construction of the stretch between the towns of Martin and Ruzomberok in the region of Zilina due to ecological reasons and prompted Slovakia to take measures aimed at protecting birds and migrating predators and build a drainage system. These measures are estimated to cost the country some EUR 8mn, according to transport minister Jan Figel. The ministry originally planned to start the construction works in the spring of 2012. The 13km highway stretch is expected to cost about EUR 700mn.

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