Second Danube bridge gets underway

20 March 2008

The Bulgarian prime minister Sergey Stanishev has dug the first piece of earth in the construction of the Danube Bridge II at Vidin-Kalafat, an important part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor Four.

The route will pass from Thessaloniki, Greece, to Romania, providing connection to Central and Western Europe.

The new bridge will be located at the 796th km of the Danube river, linking Bulgaria's Vidin and Romania's Kalafat.

The 1.97 km bridge will have four road lanes and a railway track. According to local media the project will cost approximately US$ 318 million.

It is supported financially by the EU Phare and ISPA programmes, the European Investment Bank, the Frankfurt-based KfW development bank and Agence Francaise de Developpement, and co-financed by Bulgaria's Exchequer.

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