Thanks to the lobby of Bodo Hombach, the European Investment Bank granted the project a credit loan of €50 million in December 2000. It is also part of the European route E79, that runs from Miskolc (Hungary) to Thessaloniki (Greece), via the Romanian cities of Beiuş, Deva, Petroşani, Târgu Jiu and Craiova. The new bridge connecting Romania and Bulgaria via the cities of Calafat and Vidin should be ready at the beginning of May and crossing the bridge across the Danube will cost EUR 2 for cars. Only 16 months after its official opening there are potholes in the road from the bridge to the toll gates, as can be seen further on in the aforementioned video. , On 22 May 2013, the Bulgarian president announced that the opening ceremony of the Danube Bridge 2 was set to take place on the 14 June 2013, and that the toll for passenger cars would be six euro. , According to the planned road network of Pan-European corridors, the bridge was supposed to have access to the Bucharest – Craiova – Timișoara – Budapest motorway by 2017, allowing rapid transit from North-western Bulgaria, to South-western Romania, Eastern Hungary and the rest of Europe. The Danube Bridge 2 makes travelling in and out of Bulgaria through Vidin much easier than it was previously by ferry boat. The main pillars became clearly visible throughout 2011. This caused great damage to the already weak economy in northwestern Bulgaria. Instead of its official name, Bulgarians tend to simply call it the Dunav most, which means Danube Bridge. The project has an estimated cost of nearly €440 million. The tender process is being opened by the Romanian National Agency for the Administration of Road Infrastructure (CNAIR). The section will be provided with the relevant road signs! The total length of Bulgaria’s borders is 2,245 kilometres. Despite the low water levels in the Danube river construction continued swiftly, working on the abutment A3, on the Romanian river bank. The bridge has a separated path for pedestrians and cyclists, but the approach to this cycling track seems to be not signposted clearly enough. The Vidin-Calafat bridge is part of the Pan-European Corridor IV, which runs from Dresden (Germany) to Istanbul (Turkey) and is considered an essential network for the development of transport in the area. It is the second bridge on the shared section of the Danube between the two countries. This has been fixed by a sign warning that the road ahead is a toll road, just a few hundred metres before the bridge. Further from Drobeta-Turnu Severin, the DN6 road to Lugoj, has also recently been under rehabilitation works and bypasses all the major settlements on the route. DIRECTION FROM BULGARIA TO ROMANIA /prices in BGN and EURO/ According DECREE … The DN56A road from Calafat to Drobeta-Turnu Severin has recently been rehabilitated.  Bulgarian radio reporters found out about a technical problem: the difference in the height of the bridge deck between two sides of the gap was 45 centimetres (18 in), so closing of the gap was not possible before both bridge decks were adjusted to the same height level. The road from Montana to Vidin is a rehabilitated two-lane single carriageway road. The movement of vehicles from Bulgaria to Romania shall use the right lane on the roadway. , The longest line of waiting trucks on the bridge could add up to 100 trucks, with a total maximum weight of 4,000 tonnes, assuming that every truck would be loaded to a maximum of 40 tonnes. ", "European Investment Bank Activities in South Eastern Europe", "Bridge to a new era for Bulgaria and Romania", "Bulgaria: EC Backs Down over Danube Bridge Funding", "The construction of Danube Bridge II begins", "Станишев направи първа копка на Дунав мост 2", "Строителството на Дунав мост 2 стартира през юни", "През юни тази година ще започне строителството на моста на р. 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The main road (1/E79) was supposed to have 2 lanes in each direction, but the left lane now ends into the U-turn-facility, which is signposted rather sparsely, thus forming a safety risk to both traffic overtaking at higher speeds and cyclists, as can be seen in this video, filmed in October 2014. The foundation of the pillars in the navigable channel of the river were built during the same year by special foundation contractor TERRATEST. Ruse oblast is more defined by the Danube valley than its neighbors. Foundation per pier was composed by 24 in situ piles 2 m diameter and depths ranging between 68 and 80 m (one of the deepest in situ foundation project in Europe), executed by maritime means.  Another factor that would make ferry traffic impossible or difficult were the very cold winters, when the Danube river sometimes freezes completely. Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov wanted to give the project a credit loan of US$180 million. Due to implementation of repair works on road overpass on E-79 in the Romanian part of the Border check-point at Danube Bridge Vidin–Calafat, beginning from November 10th 2020 until November 16th 2020 a temporary road organization will be introduced. In 2005 and 2006, consultants were hired to control all procedures in the building process and private companies were invited to send in a bid. Repairs took 4 months and were paid by the FCC company, through the warranty established. As early as in 1909 the local authorities in Vidin (in Bulgaria) had first expressed their interest in building a bridge to Calafat (in Romania), by sending a petition to the Bulgarian parliament and to Aleksandar Malinov, who was prime minister at that time. The Danube Bridge 2 consists of eight pillars that are in the non-navigable channel of Danube river, crossing from the low lying Bulgarian bank over the small island, followed by its four main pillars, numbered PB9, PB10, PB11 and PB12. During the late 1990s, Bulgaria had to close its border with Yugoslavia, because of the war in Kosovo, followed by an international economic boycott against Yugoslavia. Protesters demand the resignations of Premier Boyko Borissov and prosecutor General Ivan Geshev. The total weight used for the tests was 1,992 tonnes. The bridge is the second on the 500-kilometer stretch of the Danube River that forms the common border between the Balkan neighbors, and is touted as a key to boosting growth in one of Europe's poorest regions. Axa București-Giurgiu, principala victimă a noului pod peste Dunăre", "Bulgaria: Bulgaria, Romania PMs To Premiere Danube Bridge 2", No Sign of Romanian Worker Who Fell off Danube Bridge 2, Novinite, 21 November 2012, retrieved 1 June 2013, News on website of FCC: The Construction of Danube Bridge Vidin-Calafat – unbreakable, 26.05.2013.  The Romanian PM Victor Ponta made a statement after the inauguration of the bridge that Romania plans to build a motorway between Craiova and Calafat. , In 2012, the cost of building the Danube Bridge 2 and its adjoining infrastructures raised to the sum of €226 million.  The route from Kapitan Andreevo (the border between Bulgaria and Turkey) to Nădlac (the border between Romania and Hungary) across the Calafat–Vidin Bridge is approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) shorter than the route across the Giurgiu–Ruse Bridge, which had been the most used route between the two countries for the freight traffic. Construction started in 1952, finished in 1954. Bulgarian newspapers hence described the opening of the New Europe Bridge across the Danube river as 'the materialising of a century old dream'. The movement of vehicles from Bulgaria to Romania shall use right lane on the roadway. Cyclists approaching the bridge from Vidin, Bulgaria would have to cross the approach road 1/E79 at some point, to get to the cycling track on the left side of the road, but crash barriers stand in their way. December 2014. In May 2013, the FCC subcontractor Eptisa tested the bridge with heavily loaded train cars and trucks. The latter, with the official name New Europe Bridge, was built for combined transport, road and rail. Out of these borders, 1,181 kilometres are on land, 686 kilometres are on rivers – including the river Danube, which flows along Bulgaria's border with Romania - and 378 kilometres are on the sea. Before this bridge opened, the only connection between Bulgaria and Romania was the Ruse bridge (in the east, around 55 kilometres from Vidin), which will now be refurbished.  Traffic analysis on this route have indicated that (as of 2013) it did not require a motorway status, therefore Bulgaria's priorities remain finishing the already started motorway projects, such as the Hemus and the Struma motorways, as well as the new planned Europe motorway, between Sofia and the Serbian border. Crossing borders from Bulgaria to Romania through Ruse/Giurgiu bridge of Danube River. The Vidin-Calafat Bridge over the Danube River will provide an important link in the transport infra-structure of both Bulgaria and Romania, and will form part of the southern branch of the pan-European transport Corridor number IV. However, another video recorded in October 2014 shows that it is no longer possible to sneak through that parking lot and drive back over the bridge to Bulgaria for free. „DanubebridgeVidin-Calafat“ АD, 10.11.2020, Due to implementation of repair works on road overpass on E-79 in the Romanian part of the Border check-point at Danube Bridge Vidin–Calafat, from October 26th 2020 to November 09th 2020 a temporary road organization will be introduced. Looking tremendous. The Cernavodă Bridge is a complex of two motorway-railroad truss bridges in Romania, across the Danube River, connecting the cities of Cernavodă and Feteşti. , In Romania, the bridge provides access to national roads connecting with Craiova and Drobeta-Turnu Severin.  In October 2012 it was expected that this company would be located in Sofia.. The Danube Bridge 2 is part of the Pan-European Corridor IV.  His body was not found. :-) But along the 470-kilometer river stretch, there is only one road connection over one bridge. On 3 October 2012, the remaining gap in the bridge was only 18 metres (59 ft). This bridge is located 307 kilometres (191 mi) downstream and before 2013 it was the only other bridge across the Danube border that Bulgaria shares with Romania. , The opening of the bridge was estimated to take place in May 2013, but technical problems have caused further delay. For centuries there had been no bridges crossing the Danube river between Bulgaria and Romania since the destruction of Constantine's Bridge, which was built by the Romans, until the Giurgiu–Ruse Friendship Bridge was built and opened in 1954. A new bridge spanning the Danube River along the 430 km border between Bulgaria and Romania is due to open in 2011. Even though the linking roads are still far from motorway standards, the New Europe Bridge (Danube Bridge 2) has become highly popular among transport companies, because it provides a road with no custom checks from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey to Austria, Germany and the rest of Europe, through Romania and Hungary, without leaving the European Union. The company that manages the bridge is based in Vidin, the road tolls are collected at the Romanian side of the bridge and each side receives the part of the tolls that they have invested in the bridge (about 80% of the toll funds will go to Bulgaria). This bridge is connecting Bulgaria (Ruse) and Romania (Giurgiu) over the great Danube river. Romania’s Government is evaluating plans for a new bridge project, which would span the River Danube. Constantine’s Bridge on the Danube River, the largest river bridge in ancient times, was a bridge in the Roman Empire which connected the major city of Ulpia Oescus (today’s Gigen in Northern Bulgaria) in the Moesia Superior province with Sucidava (today’s Corabia in Southern Romania) in the Dacia Province.. Vidin-Based Company to Run 2nd Bulgaria-Romania Bridge, Bulgaria, Romania to Divide Danube Bridge 2 Toll Revenues according to Investments, Novinite/Sofia News Agency, 29 October 2012, retrieved 1 June 2013, 2nd Bulgaria-Romania Bridge to Be Launched May Earliest, Novinite, 9 April 2013, retrieved 1 June 2013, Bulgarian President: Danube Bridge 2 to Be Ready by Mid-May, Novinite, 10 April 2013, retrieved 1 June 2013.  According to former Romanian Minister of Transport, Constructions and Tourism Radu Berceanu, construction was planned to be completed in 2010, with most of the construction to be done by Bulgarian subcontractors..  At the event, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov declared that he expected that the bridge would be opened in spring 2013. Pending issues were how and where that company would be registered, dispute resolution methods and what fiscal law it would be subject to.  In fact, the whole country became isolated, since Bulgarians had always been relying on the road through Serbia for their transit transport to Western Europe.. Cyclists therefore often continue cycling on the main road instead, as can be seen in this video.  Soon after the official ceremony, trouble started. Although Bulgaria is south of Romania, crossing the Danube Bridge 2 from Vidin towards Calafat is done from northwest to southeast. It is an extradosed bridge and was built by the Spanish company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, at the cost of €226 million. These historical documents were shown on Bulgarian television in June 2013, during a report on the Second Danube Bridge. The two countries were initially set to become part of the Schengen Area by the time the bridge would open, and no border police cabins had been ordered until the very last moment. Vidin municipality had split up land that was needed for the bridge into smaller parcels. , Building a bridge between Calafat (in Romania) and Vidin (in Bulgaria) had been discussed more seriously since the late 1970s, but the plan was abandoned over and over again.  These are not among the busiest roads in the country, according to a study conducted in 2010. This road is shorter and very scenic, but it takes more time as it runs over the Balkan Mountains and through the villages. In 1998, Greece offered to invest in the bridge, since they wanted a road linking Thessaloniki to the rest of Europe through Romania, as Greece was also cut off from Europe by the war in Kosovo and the boycott against Yugoslavia. The Danube forms much of the border between Bulgaria and Romania. Residents of the Danube city of Ruse blocked traffic near Danube Bridge border crossing at the Bulgaria-Romania border. The bridge connecting it to the capital of Romania, Bucharest, is only 45 miles (75 km) away, and makes it a popular weekend destination with the inhabitants of the Romanian capital. Bulgaria needs to improve its road links with the rest of Europe as it is now a prime vacation destination in the EU. , Construction officially began on 13 May 2007 in Vidin in the presence of Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Erhard Busek. Visible construction actually started in 2009, on the Bulgarian bank of the Danube river. The Danube provides a natural border between Bulgaria and Romania. The bridge is located between Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania).It is 1971 meters long. It remained however uncertain when vehicles were to be able to cross the bridge, as the finishing works, such as paving the bridge deck and mounting safety barriers, were expected to take several months. Travelling through Serbia was usually faster, but crossing outside the borders of the European Union can be a hassle with customs.  In January 2001, the cost for the bridge construction and the adjacent roads toward the bridge was estimated at US$200 million. Bulgaria and Romania will build another bridge over the Danube, near Ruse, the fifth-largest city in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said yesterday evening, reports Novinite..  Note: Sorry for the dirty windshield, water frozen at SOFIA, BG!!!! The bridge is located near the middle of this reversed S. At most part of the Danube river, the Bulgarian bank lies slightly higher above water than the Romanian river bank.  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