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A True Motorway

Published on 3 May 2012 10:02, Adelina Marini, Sofia-Belgrade

I am sure that if you are in Bulgaria and you hear the word "motorway" you will either switch the TV off or in the best case you will switch to another channel. Don't hurry to close this text because it will mainly speak in photos. Do you remember when PM Boyko Borissov was meeting Serbia's President Boris Tadic (now a candidate for the presidential elections in Serbia on May 6) and explained that we will be starting at accelerated rates to build the motorway Sofia-Nis in the section from Sofia to the border and how we will outpace the Serbs, who have to continue the motorway from the border to Nis.

This photo is taken in mid-October 2011. This section is before entering Dimitrovgrad, the first Serbian town after crossing the border from Bulgaria.

And this photo is taken at the same section only several months later - in May 2012.

October 2011

May 2012

October 2011

October 2011

May 2012

May 2012

May 2012. There is no need to comment on this because it is obvious that for now Bulgaria is losing the race with Serbia with regards to the construction of the Sofia-Nis motorway. And it is losing it because the construction of the Bulgarian section has not even started. There is a two-lane for each direction road from Sofia to the border of Serbia, renovated a few years ago. It is still untouched. It is certain that the prime minister will quote many reasons for that. It is also certain that these reasons will be very solid. But it is even more certain that very soon there will be a motorway from Dimitrovgrad to Nis. And it is also important to note that this is not about some 32* km but about 98.

*The Bulgarian prime minster is constantly boasting with the 32 km long section of the Bulgarian motorway "Trakia", connecting Sofia with the Black Sea city of Burgas. A section that is not ready yet and is the only thing the premier is talking about.

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