Bulgaria Aims to Finish Danube Bridge with Romania by End-2012
Bulgaria's Transport Ministry has set a target to complete its second Danube Bridge with Romania by the end of 2012, Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski has reiterated.
"The conclusive completion of Danube Bridge II between Vidin and Calafat depends on weather conditions, since the finishing works require certain temperatures," Moskovski has told reporters.
According to Moskovski, the bridge is expected to be completely linked within days. However, it will only become functional once the company that operates it is established.
The construction of the bridge connecting Bulgaria's Vidin and Romania's Calafat, known as "Danube Bridge II', was set to be completed by October 2010, but it was significantly delayed due to technical difficulties and claims by Spanish firm FCC.
The original push for the construction of a second Danube Bridge between Bulgaria and Romania came as a result of the NATO bombing of Milosevic's Yugoslavia in 1999.
After the campaign subsided, however, the procedures for the bridge dragged on. It was supposed to be ready by 2010 but land expropriation procedures and disputes between the Spanish firm FCC and the governments of Bulgaria and Romania obviously delayed the construction.
On Thursday, Bulgaria and Romania signed a bilateral memorandum to stimulate cross-border traffic on the section of the river Danube that forms part of their border.