Lyulin motorway

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Lyulin motorway
Автомагистрала „Люлин“
Lyulin motorway highlighted in red and yellow
Route information
Length: 19 km (12 mi)
Major junctions
From: Sofia
To: Pernik, Mw A3 BG.svg
Major cities: Sofia, Pernik
Highway system
Motorways in Bulgaria

The Lyulin motorway (Bulgarian: Автомагистрала „Люлин“, Avtomagistrala "Lyulin") is a motorway, which provides a link between the Sofia ringroad and the junction of Daskalovo near Pernik. Its construction began in 2007 and was scheduled to be finished in 38 months. Its length is around 19 km and it cost €185 000 000, because it runs through mountainous terrain and needed many tunnels and viaducts in order to avoid ecological, environmental and terrain issues.[1] The Lyulin motorway was launched on 15 May 2011 and became thus the first fully operating motorway in the country.[2]

The highway is named after the Lyulin Mountain through which it passes. The largest neighborhood of Sofia from which the highway starts is also named Lyulin, there is also a village of Lyulin around Pernik


Exit km Destinations Lanes Notes
AB-AS-blau.svg 0 Sofia ring road 2 active lanes and 1 emergency.svg In service
AB-AS-blau.svg 4.6 Malo Buchino 2 active lanes and 1 emergency.svg In service
AB-AS-grün.svg AB-AS-blau.svg 19 Mw A3 BG.svg, Pernik E871 2 active lanes and 1 emergency.svg In service

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 17 April 2010, during construction of a concrete element of the motorway, the supporting structure holding an area where concrete was being poured collapsed, killing three workers and seriously injuring a further 7. The incident occurred between 9:30pm and 10:00pm at the 13.7th kilometre of the motorway, near the village of Golyamo Buchino.[3] Four workers were transported to Pirogov Hospital, whilst the remaining six were sent to hospital in Pernik, where two of the workers died.[4] A third died the following day, also in Pernik. All of the casualties were working for the Turkish construction firm Mapa-Dzhengiz. A formal investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched.