Further extension of the D1 motorway
The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (ŘSD) has commissioned nearly a 7km stretch of the D1 motorway on 11 July 2011.The new part is between Hulín and Říkovice on the borders of Zlín and Olomouc regions. The length of the motorway has been extended to 346 km.
The newly opened motorway stretch is a part of Kroměříž-east – Říkovice project, the first part of which was officially commissioned on 3 december 2010 and which linked the region´s capital Zlín to a motorway network. Completion of the section between the junction Hulín and the municipality Říkovice was impossible due to extremely adverse weather conditions with abundant rainfall, which resulted in increase in water table in the whole area and emergency remediation action was needed. Due to compliance wit the required quality parameters, the investor, The Road and Motorway Directorate decided to wait for sufficient consolidation of embankments and postponed the completion of the D1 motorway connection to the I/55 road at Říkovice to summer 2011.
The stretches of the motorway have been under construction since 2008. The projects are intended to be co-financed by the European Union, from the Cohesion Fund under the Operational Program Transport. An application has been submitted for a non-refundable contribution of the European Union under Priority 2, in support of „Construction and modernization of motorway and road TEN-T networks“.
With this new stretch of road, a so-called „Moravian Intersection“ at Hulín begins to function. It will serve the directions of the D1 motorway to Brno and Prague, D1 to Ostrava and Poland, the R55 road to Zlín and Břeclav and after the R49 is finished, also to Zlín and Slovakia.
The D1 motorway in Central Moravia thus ends at Říkovice from Brno and at Lipník n.B. from Ostrava. The final completion of the 377 km long D1 route Prague-Brno-Ostrava-Poland and running the transit from the R46 road through Olomouc will take place after completing the remaining 24 km around Přerov.
Information on the project:
Name:: D1 Kroměříž east– Říkovice, project 0135
Price of the construction: 4 739 668 319 CZK
Length: 11 300 m D1 + 2 800 m R55
Date of commencement: 04/2008
Date of commissioning: 12/2010, resp. 07/2011
An information brochre and map can be found here.