Photo: Tinkara Zupan/STA

Slovenian A2 Motorway Completed

28. 10. 2011

Brezje - The A2 motorway connecting the Karavanke Tunnel at the Austrian border via Ljubljana to the Obrezje border crossing near the Croatian capital of  Zagreb has been completed as the final, 2.44 km section Peracica-Podtabor was opened on Friday. The first national motorway construction programme envisaged the finalisation of the motorway cross - the A2 motorway plus the A1 motorway between the coastal town of Koper and the Sentilj border crossing with Austria (NE) - by 2000.


The section envisaged to be constructed last was the 70 km Ljubljana-Karavanke section. Its completion was postponed on several occasions because of the lack of funds, troubles with contractors, demands from the local communities and changes in spatial plans.


The new section in the north-western arm of the motorway, worth EUR 28.45m, had been under construction since 2005. The works were very demanding because of the difficult terrain requiring a series of bridging structures.


Outgoing Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic said at the opening ceremony that he was "happy that the last section, whose construction took place in extremely difficult circumstances, has been finalised".


Simon Velicki, the head of the Kranj Police Administration, added that the new section would increase the level of transport safety in this part of Slovenia.


Announcing the completion of the motorway on Thursday, Marjan Koler of the national motorway company DARS told the STA that the trial operation permit from the Environment and Spatial Planning Ministry had been obtained for the section.


The section was constructed by Slovenian builders SCT, Primorje, CPM, Pomgrad and Kraski zidar. It features three viaducts in the total length of 682 metres, including the 378-metre viaduct Peracica, and a 260-metre tunnel.


Until mid-November, drivers will be able to use only the inner lane of the motorway section, as the passing lane will be closed due to additional surface works and installation of safety railing and signalisation.


The completed A2 motorway is expected to considerably improve the traffic flow between Ljubljana and the Karavanke tunnel and do away with kilometres-long tailbacks during holidays.


The first two sections of the A2 motorway - Naklo-Kranj and Kranj-Sentvid - were completed in 1985.


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