The Directorate of Roads and Highways (ŘSD) reported about it on the X network. The construction of the Bludova bypass on the main route I/44 from the central part of the Olomouc Region to Jeseníky began the year before last June. The bypass is 5.6 kilometers long and, once operational, will significantly relieve Bludova and the surrounding municipalities, which are now being driven by a large number of cars.
“We will work diligently until the end of the year to put the Bludovský bypass into operation. We are doing everything to open the I/44 road in the second half of December,” said the RSD. In addition to the construction itself, demanding official processes need to be completed before the bypass becomes operational. Experts must thoroughly inspect 21 bridges and it will be necessary to obtain permission for early use of the bypass.
The new section of road I/44 starts near Postřelmov and connects to the Šumperk stretch of road. The contract was won by the association of Strabag and M-SILNICE companies, which offered a price of 2.323 billion crowns in the tender. The project includes the construction of 21 bridges with a total length of 1.2 kilometers, two level crossings and three noise barriers. Last spring, the ŘSD started the follow-up construction of a four-kilometer switchover of the I/11 road from Postřelmov to Chromče near Bludov, which will complement the bypass.
Road I/44 is an important communication axis in the direction from south to north of the Olomouc region. “It is practically the only suitable road connecting the towns of Šumperk and Jeseník with the regional capital of Olomouc. In addition, the I/44 road provides access to the recreationally important area of Jeseníky,” said the ŘSD.