Slovak motorway work delays
By Sandy Guthrie20 August 2013
Construction work on five sections of Slovak motorways and expressways which were planned to begin in 2013 has been jeopardised and is now likely to be delayed.
Research company PMR reports that there have been no decisions made yet on the tenders by the National Motorway Company (NDS) in Slovakia, the state-controlled commissioning body.
Two sections on the D1 and D3 motorways to Zilina and three sections of the R2 expressway to Banovce nad Bebravou and Zvolen are involved. They total 44km, and the overall construction cost is put at €1.24 billion, excluding VAT.
The tenders for the construction of these five sections were launched in March 2013, but the NDS has not yet made a decision in these contests, although this had been expected at the beginning of this summer.
The delay in the decision-making process is said to have been caused by a number of complaints against the conditions in the tender filed by applicant construction firms with the Office for Public Procurement (UVO) in Slovakia.