Bechtel and its joint-venture partner Enka completed Kosovo's Route 7 Motorway in record time. The 63.4-mile (102-kilometer) dual-carriage highway extends from Morinë, at the southwest border with Albania, to the north of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina. Route 7 serves as the centerpiece of the country’s national transport system, helping to promote trade and economic development in Kosovo and throughout the region as the trade route contributes to the economic integration of the countries of southeastern Europe, Western Europe, and beyond.
Alternative approach saves time and money
The Bechtel team delivered the motorway while maintaining a high level of safety and quality. The motorway 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.