Earth Hour 2015 – a global initiative showing people’s concern about the well-being of the planet – will be marked on March, 28th (Saturday) from 8.30 pm. At this exact hour Bulgaria together with the other participating nations across the world will turn its lights off; people throughout the nation will stop consuming electricity for an hour so that they show that they care for the environment and the harm we cause.
This year the Earth Hour in Bulgaria will be dedicated to the rivers. The event will be held under the slogan Rivers needs us – let us provide future for them. Many Bulgarian towns will take part in the movement.
Veliko Tarnovo municipality came up with a project how to make one of the most dangerous roads in Veliko Tarnovo safe for pedestrians. The one of its kind for the town pedestrian crossing will stretch above Magistralna Street which accommodates the national traffic between Varna and Sofia. The footbridge will start at Gabrovski Park and will connect this part of the town with two of the most populated neighbourhoods of Veliko Tarnovo – Zone B and Buzludzha. The facility will be 64 meters long and will finish at the stairs, near McDonalds’, leading to the two districts. It will be equipped with a lift so that is provides easy access for disabled people and mothers with prams. The overpass will be 15 meters high and will have tubular construction to minimize its cost which is estimated to be around 150,000 euro.
The plans the Government had to build a high-speed road between Veliko Tarnovo and Ruse have changed. The Regional Development Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, announced last week that it was decided that a motorway will connect the towns. The planning process will start this year and the Road Infrastructure Agency will allocate 4 million leva of its budget to the project. If funding is secured the motorway could be ready as early as 2020 according to Pavlova.
The Government hopes to find financing under the Juncker Investment Plan. Further talks will be held with the European Investment Bank for the motorway project to be included in the future European transport corridors operational programme which is to replace the current Transit Roads V which is funded by the bank.
Initial plans for the Hemus Highway to pass 30 km away from Veliko Tarnovo have been abandoned and it is now official that the motorway will be built just 15 km away from Veliko Tarnovo. It will connect Varna with the capital Sofia and will run near the village of Polikraishte, north of V.T. A major junction will also be constructed; Hemus Highway will intersect there with the future Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Motorway (for which I am going to tell you more in the next couple of days).
According to the Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova the change of the route is economically well-grounded – tourist flow, transit traffic to and from Europe through the Danube Bridge, as well as the airport in Gorna Oryahovitsa are the factors that tipped the balance in favour of the new route.
A major renovation of Veliko Tarnovo High Street has been schedules for the spring according to a local newspaper. The last time any improvements were done was more than half a century ago. Reconstruction works will span from the Central Post Office all the way to the Farmers’ Market. The street has sound and solid foundation and that’s why it lasted so long considering that it was built in the time of socialism; so initial estimations show that fixing the street won’t cost that much – only 100,000 euro. The plan of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality to close off the street for vehicles and convert it into a pedestrians-only promenade is now completely abandoned. Beside the street itself the sidewalks will also be redone. The reconstruction is expected to be completed within 2-3 months of its initiation.