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First cars drive along the northern Bled bypass

Dr Peter Gašperšič, Minister of Infrastructure, and Janez Fajfar, Mayor of Bled, attended the removal of barriers on the northern Bled bypass followed by the first cars driving along the relief road. The value of works completed almost two months before the contractual deadline amounted to EUR 4.2 million. The works encompassed the construction of four bridges, two culverts, arrangement of mixed surfaces for pedestrians and cyclists, public medium-voltage power infrastructure, sewage and rainwater systems, public lighting, telecommunication lines and a water supply system.

The Minister expressed his satisfaction and stressed that the construction of the northern Bled bypass was a great accomplishment for Bled, the region and Slovenian tourism: "Today is a good day since we have directed traffic onto this road, which greatly relieves part of Bled. In addition to traffic flow capacity, traffic safety will also improve." He added that they had managed to greatly increase the funds invested in road infrastructure in the current term and thus enabled the realisation of such projects. "The two bypasses in the Municipality of Bled were also recognised as key projects to ensure suitable conditions for the development of tourism, to increase traffic safety and enable a better quality of life in Bled." 
 
The construction of the southern bypass in the direction of Bohinj is anticipated to commence next year. The assessed value of the investment is EUR 39 million. The southern bypass will relieve the town of transit transport, which currently takes place along Lake Bled. The activities of acquiring land are underway at the moment.
 
Regular maintenance works on main and regional roads worth EUR 933,000 were implemented in the Municipality of Bled in 2017. Six budgetary projects are currently underway and their total initial value amounts to over EUR 39 million.