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Serbia opens for traffic two Nis-Dimitrovgrad motorway sections

Serbia opens for traffic two Nis-Dimitrovgrad motorway sections Author: The Serbian government. License: All rights reserved.

BELGRADE (Serbia), December 30 (SeeNews) - The Serbian government said on Wednesday two sections of the Nis-Dimitrovgrad stretch of pan-European transport Corridor X in the country's east are open for traffic.

The entire 13 km Crvena Reka-Ciflik section and three lanes of the 10.6 km Ciflik-Stanicenje section are now open for traffic, the government said in a statement after prime minister Aleksandar Vucic attended the opening ceremony.

Vucic said that he expects the completion of the Barancevo tunnel and other motorway sections towards Dimitrovgrad by March 2017.

The Nis-Dimitrovgrad highway is a section of the international E80 motorway, which lies on transport Corridor X.

The construction works on the Nis-Dimitrovgrad section of the highway are being implemented by Greek companies Aktor and Terna, Czech firm Subterra and Spain's Construcciones Rubau.

The motorway project ran into multiple delays after first Austria's Alpine, a general contractor on the project, went bankrupt and then Serbia had to cancel a deal with Bulgaria's Trace Group Hold due to the slow progress of construction works.

Originally, the motorway was supposed to be completed by the end of 2015.

Corridor X passes through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece.