#Slovakia – Better road connection from East to West thanks to cohesion funding

| July 17, 2019

The Cohesion Fund invests more than €173 million to build the Budimír-Bidovce section of Slovakia’s D1 motorway and a section of the R2-R4 expressway between the towns of Košické Oľšany and Hrašovík.

This EU-funded project will improve the road network around the city of Košice (South-East Slovakia). Košice’s 240,000 inhabitants will benefit from shorter travel times and better road safety. This EU-funded project will also ensure better connectivity between Slovakia and its neighbours on this part of the Trans-European Transport Network.

Energy Union Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “The people of the Košice region will be the first beneficiaries of this project, with safer and faster travel. However, in the end, all Europeans and the European economy as a whole will benefit from better connectivity in the region and its positive spill overs for growth, trade and tourism.” 

Works include four interchanges, one roundabout, 23 bridge structures and noise barriers. The project should be completed in December 2019. The EU invests almost €3.5 billion in transport and energy networks in Slovakia under the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy.

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