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A tender for the second section of Finland's E18 highway PPP scheme has been issued. The Finnish government has published a tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for the Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate (DBFMO) of the Hamina-Vaalimaa section of the E18 highway.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 28 April 2014.
Finland's Sweco PM Oy was appointed as technical advisor to support the administration during the tender process in a €2 million contract.
After the estimated completion in 2018, the entire length of the road will be improved to motorway status.
This section is part of the Nordic Triangle and it will remove a bottleneck of one of the most important highway connections between the EU and Russia. The expected investment volume of the global project, a 32km highway section, is €265 million.
The motorway will mainly be built in the middle of the forest, north of the existing road. The construction work will not cause any significant inconveniences to traffic. The road be have a 250-metre long tunnel, 34 bridges, two rest areas and 8.4 kilometres of pedestrian and bicycle paths.
The road will include a parking area for about 500 lorries and the approach routes for heavy traffic to the border will be completely rearranged.
The Finnish Transport Agency has applied the PPP model in two previous road projects: Kotka-Koskenkylä and the motorway Lohja, which are both parts of the E18 route. The road section between Järvenpää and Lahti on main road 4 has also been built using the PPP model.