D8 motorway (Czech Republic)

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D8 Motorway
Dálnice D8
Route information
Part of European route E55
Length: 94 km (58 mi)
Major junctions
From: SilniceI1.svg D0 near Prague-Březiněves
  SilniceI9.svg I/9 near Zdiby
SilniceI15.svg I/15 SilniceI30.svg I/30 near Lovosice
SilniceI8.svg I/8 near Velemín-Bílinka
SilniceI63.svg R63 Tabliczka E442.svg E442 near Řehlovice
SilniceI30.svg I/30 near Ústí nad Labem
SilniceI13.svg I/13 near Jílové
To: Bundesautobahn 17 number.svg A17 border with Germany
Location
Regions: Praha, Central Bohemian, Ústí nad Labem
Major cities: Praha, Ústí nad Labem
Highway system

D8 motorway (Czech: Dálnice D8) is a highway in the Central and North Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. It connects Prague through Ústí nad Labem with the German border at Petrovice and the Bundesautobahn 17 at Bad Gottleuba, leading to Dresden. It forms part of the major European route E55 and the Pan-European Corridor IV.

Segments[edit]

Lovosice junction

The first sections of the highway running 45 km (28 mi) from the Prague Ring to the Lovosice junction were opened between 1990 and 2000; the northwestern segment leading 23 km (14 mi) from Ústí nad Labem to the German border was completed on 21 December 2006,[1] including the longest tunnel in the Czech Republic, the 2,058 m (6,752 ft) long Panenská tunnel. Another 5 km (3.1 mi) long section from Ústí nad Labem to Řehlovice was opened in 1988 in the course of the construction of the R63 expressway.

Works on remaining 16 km (9.9 mi) long segment between Řehlovice and Lovosice were delayed for several years due to numerous protests and appeals by the Děti Země environmental movement against the route taken through the České Středohoří mountain range, a protected landscape area and nature reserve. From the beginning, the project has been also criticized by some geologists,[2] and lately by the National Financial Audit Office for large cost overrun. In 2013, a major landslide buried part of the under-construction highway.[3] Construction work nevertheless continued and the last part of highway was opened in December 2016.

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