Latest Danube crossing to start

By Richard High07 March 2008

Construction of the second bridge across the Danube river between Bulgaria and Romania will start in April this year, according to an announcement by Transport Minister Petar Moutafchiev, reports the Focus news agency.

Spain’s FCC (Fomento de Construcciones and Contratas) has won the tender to develop the project, which will link Vidin in Bulgaria to Calafat in Romania. FCC’s contract is worth € 162 million (US$ million), with the total cost of the project estimated at € 236 million (US$ million).

When completed in 2010, the Danube Bridge 2 will be part of European Transport Corridor IV between Dresden in Germany and Istanbul in Turkey.

Reports in the Bulgarian press in recent weeks have claimed construction could be delayed by four months to September 2008.

The reports quoted Simeon Evtimov, in charge of project development at the Transport Ministry, there were problems with geological surveys and land expropriation. While Mr Moutafchiev had earlier been quoted as saying the delays were down to differences between Bulgarian and Romanian laws.

Delivered directly to your inbox, Construction Europe Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
More News from Construction Europe
Euroedile acquires Pilosio
Combination of companies’ scaffolding rental and production experience to provide
Modulaire Group expands presence in Italy
Acquisition brings fleet of 12,000 units into group’s business
Strabag in for Romanian motorway
Construction group to take on 19km-long route in €111 million agreement
Leila Steed Editor, Construction Europe Tel: +44 (0)1892 786261 E-mail:
Simon Kelly Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 223 E-mail: