After years of waiting, the city of Brno finally witnessed the opening of transport projects on the I/42 highway, which are of key importance for drivers. The three projects are part of the Great City Ring Road (“VMO”) project. The completion was also postponed due to a six-year dispute with environmental and civic associations over completion of the Dobrovského Tunnel.
For the RMD, late August and early September marks the launch of a series of repairs of key motorways. These repairs involve primarily the D1 motorway in the direction from Prague to Brno and Ostrava, the D2 motorway from Brno to Bratislava, and the D11 motorway from Prague to Hradec Králové. The RMD plans to complete the repairs before winter.
In his first weeks in office, the RMD’s General Director David Čermák focused on four to five key areas. These included the D1 motorway upgrade project, organisational changes within the state-run company, and public procurement. In several cases, public procurement required immediate action so that the RMD could avoid problems associated with anti-monopoly office investigations and other complications.
On 1 August 2012 the European Commission approved another major road project as part of the Operational Programme Transport. The relevant project involves a section of the R35 near Hradec Králové. The EU will contribute more than CZK 708 million for this important arterial road.
The recently realigned I/37 near the town of Trhová Kamenice, which the RMD is commissioning today, will replace a complicated and overloaded route. The existing bridge was not wide enough to allow safe two-way traffic for all types of vehicles. The newly realigned road resolves this issue.
Based on a decision of the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem concerning the completion of the missing section of the D8 near Řehlovice, the Road and Motorway Directorate has decided to stop construction work on this section with immediate effect, as the decision cited indicates, that the RMD currently does not possess a valid building permit.
Initial findings of German experts from the inspection of bridges along motorway section D 4708.2
Drivers entering the town of Šternberk along highway I/46 are in for traffic restrictions from the latter half of July to November of this year. The Road and Motorway Directorate will be building a new bridge on the road in order to replace the existing structure, which is in an unacceptable state.
Inspections of warped section of the D47 motorway continue. International experts to check bridges.
The Road and Motorway Directorate is continuing with its inspection of the structural condition of the bridges and road bed along the warped motorway section D4708.2 (Ostrava, Rudná-Hrušov). Following test bores of the road bed and other inspection work, international experts from Hanover University will now inspect the bridge structures on the D4708.2 section. During the inspections, the RMD is proceeding in accordance with its agreement with the Ministry of Transport with the presence of the contractor for this section of motorway.
The RMD has extended the deadline for the submission and evaluation of contractors’ bids for upgrading the first sections of the D1 motorway. The RMD’s decision to extend the deadline is based on an audit of the qualification requirements contained in the terms of reference, after which the competition was opened to a greater number of applicants. The discriminatory qualification requirements were subsequently amended so that the D1 upgrade would still be eligible for funding from the Operational Programme Transport (OPT).