“Bechtel-Enka” to construct Kosovo highway

The American-Turkish company “Bechtel-Enka” was selected from the Kosovo Government to construct the highway Vёrmicё-Prishtinё-Merdarё, which connects Kosovo with Albania and Serbia.

The highway is 117 kilometers long and will cost around €800 million. Time of construction of this highway will be about 36 months. The Austrian giant “Strabag” was also in the race for the highway construction, but the offer from “Bechtel-Enka” is considered more favorable in technical and cost terms.

Transport Minister Fatmir Limaj said that the highway would be 28 meters wide with 4 bands.

The new highway is considered very useful for Kosovo’s economy and business. It will connect to the existing highway in Albania, providing this way a modern and fast connection of Kosovo with the Sea Port of Durres. This highway also connects the north of Kosovo with Serbia and Nis (corridor 10).

The construction of the new highway is also expected to reduce unemployment and support Kosovar companies, which are expected to be subcontractors of “Bechtel-Enka”.