Bulgaria wants Sofia and Skopje to be connected with a highway and a quick railway. The speeded building of the Pan-European Corridor 8 is of great importance for Bulgaria stated today the Bulgarian Minister of Regional Development and Urbanism, Petja Avramova. She was on an official visit to Skopje where along with the Minister of Local Self-Government Goran Milevski she signed the Memorandum for Cooperation between both ministries.
-Now we face with the challenge of finding possibilities for the highway Dupnica – Kjustendil – Gjueshevo, for which we are looking for a foreign investor -said Minister Avramova.
She also said that Bulgaria shall have more assets for the road infrastructure in the forthcoming years since at the moment there is an implementation of an electronic system for collecting pay tolls for traversing the Bulgarian roads.
Unlike Bulgaria, our country began with the reconstruction and upgrade of the road infrastructure within Corridor 8. At the moment, the road between Rankovce-Kriva Palanka is under construction and by the end of this year, the current road from Kumanovo to Rankovce will be reconstructed.
Macedonia is now building a new express highway between Rankovce and Kriva Palanka and this autumn a reconstruction of the current road between Kriva Palanka and the border crossing Deve Bair will start. All projects should end by 2021.
On the Bulgarian side of the border, Minister Petja Avramova stressed that at the moment the border crossing Klepalo near Berovo is being built. The Bulgarian Agency for Road Infrastructure is renewing 20 km of the road between Strumjani – Razdol whereas an additional 8.8 km of the road needs building and reconstruction due to current demands of transportation communication.