The Public Enterprise for State Roads (PESR) today published the tender for the first phase of the construction of the Skopje – Blace Motorway, which covers the part from the border crossing “Blace” to the village fo Blace, in the length of 2 kilometres. The deadline for submission of the bids of the construction companies is September 4th, when the most favourable contractor will be selected. If the tender procedure is successful, the construction work could begin by the end of this year. The deadline for the completion of the construction is 18 months.

In the meantime, the Civil Engineering Institute Macedonia has been selected by the Public Enterprise for State Roads to supervise the construction of the first 2 km of the Skopje-Blace Motorway, we read in the agreement published on the Electronic System for Public Procurement. The supervision of the construction works for this project will cost more than 24,7 million denars. The first phase of the construction of the motorway Skopje-Blace will be financed from the funds of the Public Enterprise for State Roads.

On the occasion of the announcement of the tender, a press conference was held today by the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani and the Director of PESR, Zoran Kitanov.

– The future motorway will be constructed according to European standards, with two lanes for driving and one had shoulder in each direction. The width of the lanes for driving is 3.5 meters, while the overall width in one direction is 10.25 meters – states the Director of the Public Enterprise for State Roads.

Apart from the realization of the first phase, Deputy Prime Minister Osmani informed that an American company is already working on the plan for the remaining 10.5 kilometres from the Skopje-Blace Motorway. Through the Investment Fund for the Western Balkans, a 1-million-euro fund was provided for realization of this project.

-We applied to the same investment framework for the Western Balkans, from which we provided around 28 million euros and to complete the entire financial construction we applied to the EBRD – said Deputy Prime Minister Osmani.

Additional funds from the IPA funds, around 8 million euros, were set for the second phase.

The motorway Skopje-Blace will be 12,5 kilometres long, with four tunnels and eight bridges on the whole, from the border crossing „Blace“ to „Stenkovec“ on the Skopje Ring Road.

The two stages of the construction of the entire road will cost around 110 million euros. The motorway will be put into operation in 2023.