Lyulin motorway

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Lyulin motorway
Автомагистрала „Люлин“
Lyulin motorway highlighted in red and yellow
Route information
Part of E79
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 in Bulgaria, that provides link between the western arc of the Sofia ringroad and the Daskalovo interchange, at the town of Pernik, where it merges with Struma motorway (A3). The total length of the motorway is around 19 km (12 mi), which makes it the shortest motorway in Bulgaria. It runs through mountainous terrain and needed several tunnels and many viaducts in order to avoid ecological, environmental and terrain issues.[1]

On 8 August 2006, a contract for the construction of the motorway was signed with the Turkish consortium Mapa Cengiz for 137,381,785 euro. The construction began in 2007 and was scheduled to be finished in 38 months. However, in 2010 the initial deadline was postponed for May 2011 and the price rose to 185,000,000 euro. The Lyulin motorway was launched on 15 May 2011 and thus became the first fully operating motorway in Bulgaria.[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.


Exit km Destinations Notes
AB-AS-blau.svg 0 Sofia ring road In service
AB-AS-blau.svg 4.6 Malo Buchino In service
AB-AS-grün.svg AB-AS-blau.svg 19 Mw A3 BG.svg, Pernik Nat road 6 BG.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.



  1. ^ "Lyulin motorway from Pernik to Sofia to be launched on March 15". Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Lyulin motorway officially opened". Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Трети починал след инцидента при строежа на АМ "Люлин"". Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Трудова злополука на магистрала "Люлин" уби двама". Retrieved 19 April 2010.

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