Bechtel and joint-venture partner ENKA completed Kosovo’s first two motorways – Route 6 and Route 7. Together the motorways create a transport corridor from Kosovo’s border with Albania, via its capital, to its border with North Macedonia. The four-lane motorways form a key part of Kosovo’s national roads network – to boost trade, promote economic growth, and enhance connectivity.
The motorways link also links in with a major pan-European transport corridor – Corridor X – that runs between Salzburg in Austria and Thessaloniki in Greece, passing through Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, unleashing trade opportunities with the rest of the world. The improved connectivity that the motorways bring to the Western Balkans and Western Europe is key for growth and jobs and will bring clear benefits for the region’s economies and citizens.
Bechtel-ENKA completed Route 7 in 2013 and Route 6 in 2019.
Alternative approach saves time and money
The Bechtel team delivered the motorway while maintaining a high level of safety and quality. Route 7 traverses mountainous terrain and has 11 bridges, four interchanges and 22 overpasses and underpasses. Before construction began in 2010, the team proposed a plan that included an alternative alignment for the motorway. The new alignment eliminated more than 3 miles (nearly 5 kilometers) of costly tunnels, saving time and hundreds of millions of euros for the government.