The section of the Hemus Highway connecting it to the Sofia beltway will be built by a Bulgarian-Croatian consortium called Hemus A2.
The 8.5 km section of Hemus, the highway linking Sofia and Varna through Northern Bulgaria, is seen as crucial for unloading the heavy traffic in Sofia's suburban area.
The Hemus A2 consortium was selected after providing the lowest price for the section out of a total of 12 bidders in the tender.
The consortium includes Trace Group Hold, the same company currently constructing Lot 2 of the Trakiya Highway, SK-13 Patstroy AD – Pernik, and Constructor-Engineering AD from Croatia.
The construction of the new Hemus Highway section will be fully funded with EU money – from Operational Program Transport and the Cohesion Fund of the EU.
Currently, only 34% of the Hemus Highway have been constructed – that is, 145 km out of a total of 423 km.
The Hemus Highway is supposed to connect Sofia and Varna on the Black Sea through a shorter route than the southern Trakiya Highway (443 km), passing by several major northern cities – Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen. At present, however, only the start section from Sofia to Yablanitsa and the end section from Shumen to Varna have been completed.