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Via Salis, the first PPP project in the Czech Republic, is the best European project in the field of transportation

Via Salis, the first PPP project in the Czech Republic, is the best European project in the field of transportation

March 21, 2022 (Buff)

21.3. – The first Czech public-private partnership project operated by Via Salles, which includes the design, financing, completion and operation of the D4 motorway, has won the European Transport Deal of the Year at the IJGlobal Awards 2021. The prestigious award is given annually by international consultancy and analytical firm IJGlobal for the best investment projects in Infrastructure field. For the Via Salis project, this is the second major international award after the PFI Awards, given annually to the world’s most important projects in project finance.

“We are pleased that the joint venture of Via Salis and the Czech Ministry of Transport has already attracted attention on an international scale at a time when preparations were underway. Christian Bigert, CEO of Via Salis and Managing Director of VINCI Highways in the Czech Republic, said, “At the beginning of spring, the The establishment of D4 is in full swing and we are ready for the successful implementation of the project.”

Martin Jensek, Director of the Line Construction Department and Roads Management Office of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic added: “The Ministry of Transport is also assessing the current course of the project, especially in the competition phase, as successful. This allows us to consider the possibility of implementing another project.”

“This is a pioneering project for the Czech Republic, which could launch a number of other similar transactions, making it a worthy winner of this year’s European transfer deal IJGlobal. It was interesting to watch the competition of the unions that competed for an interesting work. The winning team led by VINCI franchises, which was able to Achieving a good mix of local and international financing institutions.In addition, the highway will be built in a sustainable way, improving regional traffic conditions and traffic flow, which will have an impact in reducing the risks of traffic complications and environmental pollution, commented Leslie Melville, winner of the IJGlobal Angus.

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The PPP D4 project has won a public tender by the Via Salis association of French companies VINCI Highways, VINCI Concessions and Meridiam. The investment includes the completion of 32 kilometers of the D4 motorway from Pribram to Pisek and the modernization of another 16 kilometers of already connected sections. According to the contract, construction will be completed in December 2024 and the consortium will operate the highway for the next 25 years.

The VINCI Group plays an important role in both construction and operation. Meridiam is involved in project management and financing. Together, they completed projects such as the construction of the R1 motorway in Slovakia.

The construction contractor is DIVia stavební of the EUROVIA CS group, part of the VINCI group. VINCI Highways, which has experience in managing a network of 4,000 km of roads around the world, will operate the D4 motorway.

During the period since the first groundbreaking, a large part of the preparatory and survey work has already been carried out on D4, such as archaeological, pyrotechnic, hydrogeological and other surveys. As part of nature protection, 16 km of special barriers for amphibians were installed. Passports for roads and buildings adjacent to construction are also being issued, topsoil mulching and engineering grids have been implemented. Currently, their construction work has started after the winter season.


Photo: Ministry of Transportation