The largest Czech motorway construction site: Construction of the next section of D3 to start on Friday
The total length of the D3 motorway will be 170 kilometers, with 70 kilometers now in operation from the borders of the Central and South Bohemia regions to the northern edge of České Budějovice.
On Friday, February 4, the Roads and Motorways Directorate (ŘSD) will start the construction of another nine kilometers of the D3 motorway in South Bohemia, namely the Trebonin–Kaplice stretch, as was announced by the Ministry of Transport. “Three brand new motorway sections will be under construction on the D3,” it said.
The stretch from Trebonin to the south connects to the 20-kilometer long České Budějovice beltway, the construction of which is divided into two parts: Usilne–Hodejovice (7.2 km) and Hodejovice–Trebonin (12.5 km). The D3 construction site will thus extend to almost 30 kilometers this year. Since the opening of the České Budějovice beltway will be delayed by two years due to problems with a tunnel, all three sections are likely to be opened in 2024.
In terms of the length of the motorway construction site, it will be comparable only to a similarly long section of the D4 between Pribram and Pisek (the Haje–Mirotice stretch), which is being built by Eurovia as part of a PPP project. It is also due in 2024; preparatory work, such as topsoil and tree removal, was carried out last year.
The Trebonin–Kaplice stretch of D3 will be built for CZK 1.878 billion (cca 77 million Euros) by Metrostav, whose bid represents 79 percent of the expected price (CZK 2.388 billion).
Only two stretches will remain on the D3 to the border with Austria. The most challenging will probably be the almost 12-kilometer-long stretch Kaplice–Nazidla. The construction will include two bridge overpasses with a total length of 1.5 kilometers. Construction is scheduled for 2022–2025.
The last four kilometers from Nazidla to the border should be built simultaneously. Drivers should then be able to reach Austria via the South Bohemian motorway in 2025.
The D3 motorway is to be 170 kilometers long in total, with 70 kilometers from the borders of the Central and South Bohemia regions to the northern edge of České Budějovice now in operation. However, the completion in Central Bohemia has been postponed. Recently, the Supreme Administrative Court put an end to a longstanding dispute over the motorway’s alignment when it rejected a cassation complaint of the Central Bohemia Region. The motorway will run through the Sázava region. However, its preparation will still be long.