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.
The secretive investor willing to operate the Gorna Oryahovitsa airport, near Veliko Tarnovo, was disclosed to be an American. The foreigner wants to run the airfield for the next 35 years. The investor owns the Geri Holding Company operating primarily in Italy.
The businessman deposited his investment plan last October; reportedly he will put 14 million euro towards the airport and will open between 350 and 400 new jobs. The newly employed staff will undergo training and will acquire the needed qualification in Italy. The investor is said to intend to set up an aircraft maintenance and repairs hangar.
The American entrepreneur also shows interest in agricultural land around Polikraishte where, according to the leaked information, he will built greenhouses and will export the ready produce with his own planes. Cargo flights will be in the focus of the new airport concessioner as well.
The managing team at the airport confirmed that representatives of the Italian company have visited the airport to collect up-to date information about the state of the airport.
A foreign investment company, which wants to stay anonymous for the time being, shows interest in the international airport at Gorna Oryahovitsa, near Veliko Tarnovo. A representative of the firm, the name of which is shrouded in mystery, has already visited the airport on a couple of occasions. The last viewing of the grounds took place a month ago. At this stage the only thing known for sure is the potential investor is an airport operator represented on key airports around the world.
Architecture students from Sofia have made a suggestion for the Veliko Tarnovo Municipality to install an aerial tramway over Yantra River. They believe that the town is very suitable for a cable car due to its unique natural setting. It will be used for a means of public transportation but also as a tourist attraction. The aerial lift will span over Yantra River and will connect the Old Town with a point across the river, near the Stambolov Bridge. Spectacular views of Asenevtsi Monument, Sveta Gora Hill and the tiered houses on the opposite bank of the river will be revealed from the air. The students also envisage bright lights to illuminate the river banks and the transformation of old street phones into electronic tourist guides. We are yet to see if these projects are to be realized.
Governors of Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo insist that the main road connecting the two Bulgarian towns become a highway. They held a work meeting on the matter and stated they would seek state funding for the construction of a high speed road.