Struma motorway

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Struma motorway
Автомагистрала „Струма“
Struma motorway highlighted in red and yellow
Route information
Part of E79
Length: 33 km (21 mi)
156 km (97 mi) planned
55 km (34 mi) under construction
Major junctions
From: Pernik, Mw A6 BG.svg
To: Kulata, Greece
Major cities: Pernik (future: Dupnitsa, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Petrich)
Highway system
Motorways in Bulgaria
Pan-European corridor IV highlighted in red

The Struma Motorway (Bulgarian: Автомагистрала „Струма“, Avtomagistrala "Struma") is a motorway currently under construction in Bulgaria. The motorway follows the route Pernik-Dupnitsa-Blagoevgrad-Sandanski-border to Greece. It is part of the Pan-European Corridor IV and also is part of Е79, that runs from Miskolc (Hungary) to Thessaloniki (Greece), via the Romanian cities of Deva and Craiova.

The Struma motorway extends A6 Lyulin motorway, running from Sofia to Pernik. The total planned length of Struma motorway is 156 km. It ends at the border crossing to Greece, at the village of Kulata. Around 33 km of the motorway are already built and are in service, from the start in Pernik's junction to Dupnitsa-north interchange.

The remaining motorway is divided into 3 construction lots: lot 2 is DupnitsaBlagoevgrad, lot 3 is BlagoevgradSandanski and lot 4 is SandanskiKulata. The construction of lot 1 started in September 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2013, while the construction of lot 4 started in April 2012 and is due to be finalized by March 2014. A contract for the construction of lot 2 was signed in February 2013,[1] while due to the high value of the project the construction of lot 3 is set back to the 2014–2020 financial period and only a preliminary design will be done before that. Lot 3 shall be tendered and managed by a newly founded National Company "Strategic Infrastructure Projects".[2][3]

The motorway will provide two driving lanes in each direction and wide emergency lanes so that it meets European motorway standards. The motorway will pass the gorge in combination of viaducts and tunnels in order to be least environmentally destroying to the nature in the Kresna Gorge. The four sections of the motorway are supposed to cost 1.2 billion € because of the difficult construction in the gorge.

The motorway is named after the Struma River.


Exit km Destinations Notes
AB-AS-grün.svg AB-AS-blau.svg (0) Mw A6 BG.svg, Pernik Nat road 6 BG.svg In service
AB-AS-blau.svg (7,4) Studena In service
AB-AS-blau.svg (11,3) Bosnek In service
AB-AS-blau.svg (15) Staro selo In service
AB-AS-blau.svg (19) Dolna Dikanya In service
AB-AS-blau.svg Dupnitsa-north In service
AB-AS-blau.svg Dupnitsa-south, Kyustendil U/C
AB-AS-blau.svg Boboshevo U/C
AB-AS-blau.svg Blagoevgrad-north, Kocherinovo U/C
AB-AS-blau.svg Blagoevgrad U/C
AB-Tunnel.svg Zheleznitsa tunnel Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Zheleznitsa Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Simitli, Bansko Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Krupnik Planned
AB-Tunnel.svg Kresna Gorge Tunnel Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Kresna Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Strumyani Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Sandanski Planned
AB-AS-blau.svg Petrich, Melnik U/C
AB-AS-blau.svg General Todorov U/C
AB-AS-blau.svg Marikostinovo U/C
AB-AS-blau.svg Kulata; Thessaloniki, Athens Greece Autokinetodromos A25 number.svg U/C