General information

The Via Pribina project (PPP project – R1 expressway) is historically the first Public Private Partnership  (PPP) project of this scale in Slovakia.

The project consists in the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of an expressway with two lanes in both directions and with a total length of 51.6 km for 30 years. The newly built expressway connects the city of Nitra and the village of Tekovské Nemce. The project also includes the Banská Bystrica bypass.

The first three sections (Nitra – Selenec, Selenec – Beladice, Beladice – Tekovské Nemce) follow the sections R1 Nitra – Trnava and Hronský Beňadik – Banská Bystrica, which create the 167 km long R1 expressway Trnava – Banská Bystrica.

The project was created by the Via Pribina, a.s., a consortium, composed of VINCI Concessions and Meridim. Via Pribina, a.s. was a winner of a tender on the basis of a Concession Agreement with Slovak Republic represented by the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic on March 23, 2009.

The construction was carried out by Granvia Construction, s.r.o.

The operation and maintenance of the Via Pribina expressway is provided by Via Pribina Operations, a.s.

The Via Pribina project is the so-called „green field project„. This name is generally referred to as projects that are implemented without restrictions arising from previous activities. In the case of motorway projects, it is the construction of a completely new road infrastructure. The opposite of a „green field“ project is a „brown field“ project. An example of a „brown field project“ is the reconstruction of existing road infrastructure.

There are many models of PPP projects. The Via Pribina project is an example of the so-called DCFOM PPP project. In this model, the concessionaire is responsible for Design, Construction, Finance, Operate and Maintenance

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1st section Nitra, west – Tekovské Nemce in the length of 45.9 km
2nd section Banská Bystrica – northern bypass in the length of 5.7 km

Opening date of each section*:

1st section Nitra, west – Selenec ………………………. 28. October 2011
2nd section Selenec – Beladice ………………………. …. 28. October 2011
3rd section Beladice – Tekovské Nemce ………………. 28. October 2011
4th section Banská Bystrica – northern bypass ……. 27. July 2012

*the first section was segmented into 3 parts during construction

Main route 
Length:51,6 km
Category:R 22,5
Road area on R1:1 100 000 m2
Number of buildings:850
Bridge structures – construction and induced modifications 
Total number:84
Total length of bridges:6 843 m
Level crossings 
Count:6
Noise barriers 
Number of objects:41
Total length:32 611 m
Retaining and door frame walls 
Number of objects:27
Total length:4 362 m
Modifications of other roads 
Number of objects:59
Modifications of engineering networks 
Water management facilities:187
Electrical objects:255
Modifications on the gas pipelines:35
Construction project name 
R1 expressway, Nitra, west – Tekovské Nemce and Banská Bystrica – northern bypass, PPP project 
Type of constructionNew development
Contracting authority 
Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic, Námestie slobody 6, 810 05 Bratislava 
Concessionaire 
Via Pribina, a.s., Europeum Business Center – block A, Suché mýto 1, 811 03 Bratislava 
Contractor 
Granvia Construction, s.r.o., Pri Trati 25 / a, 821 06 Bratislava 
General designer 
Dopravoprojekt, a.s., Kominárska 2,4, 832 03 Bratislava 3 
Valbek, Vaňurova 505/17, 460 01 Liberec, Czech Republic 

The company Via Pribina, a.s. is a concessionaire of the public-private partnership (PPP) project of the Via Pribina expressway (51.6 km).

The concession includes the design, construction, financing and a 30-year operation and maintenance of four sections of the Via Pribina expressway (Nitra – Selenec, Selenec – Beladice, Beladice – Tekovské Nemce and Banská Bystrica – northern bypass).

The first section Nitra – Tekovské Nemce (46 km) was put into operation no 28th of October 2011.

The second section, the northern bypass of Banská Bystrica (5.7 km), was put into operation on 27th of July 2012.

Concessionaire of the PPP project – Expressway Via Pribina

The company Via Pribina, a.s. is a concessionaire of the PPP project – expressway Via Pribina: Nitra – Tekovské Nemce and Banská Bystrica – northern bypass.

Company activities

The concessionaire presmerovanie Via Pribina, a.s. is responsible for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of four sections of the Via Pribina expressway over a period of 30 years. Granvia Construction s.r.o, the main developer, was directly involved in the implementation of the project.

Via Pribina Operation, a.s. is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the expressway.

Consortium

The company Via Pribina, a.s. forms a consortium of two shareholders. These are VINCI Concessions and Meridiam Infrastructure. Both companies have a long tradition and expertise in development of PPP projects and concessions. The Slovak PPP project – Via Pribina expressway won two prestigious PFI Awards in 2010 and 2013.

The management of Via Pribina, a.s. set the company’s policy for the Integrated Management System of Quality, Environment, Health and Safety, which is in line with the vision and strategy of the sustainable development leadership of the company.

You can read more about the company’s policy here.

 Via Pribina, a.s. was established by an equal share of VINCI Concessions and Meridiam Infrastructure.

VINCI Highways

VINCI Concessions subsidiary VINCI Highways is a leading concessions company and operator of road mobility services. VINCI Highways designs, finances, builds and operates motorways, urban networks, bridges, tunnels and toll services across a network of almost 4,000 km in 16 countries. VINCI Highways capitalises on its expertise to guarantee the highest standards in terms of performance and safety, ensuring a positive experience for drivers.

Meridiam Infrastructure

The Meridiam Infrastructure Investment Fund focuses on financing projects for the construction and operation of public infrastructures that are financed through public-private partnerships (PPPs) or are the subject of concessions. The company invests not only in France, but also in countries such as Poland, Germany, Austria, Finland, Great Britain, the USA and Canada The projects include primary and secondary infrastructure ie. already existing infrastructure in the following sectors:

  • Transport infrastructure
  • Sanitary facilities, in particular medical facilities and facilities for the elderly and disabled
  • Environment and energy saving infrastructure
  • Public services and civic amenities

Public-private partnership project or PPP generally refers to forms of long-term cooperation between public authorities and the business sector. The aim of this cooperation is to effectively ensure quality public infrastructure and public services for citizens.

The PPPs allow the public sector to leverage private investment and use the state budget to finance public infrastructures and services. Thanks to this method, the public sector also benefits more from the know-how and working practices applied in the private sector.

The public-private partnership model enables the public sector to ensure the construction and possibly subsequent maintenance and operation of infrastructure, the implementation of which is financially demanding and needs to be built in a short time. Public-private partnership projects are usually long-term contracts (30 years for the R1 project) and the effectiveness of the public-private partnership results from the synergy created between the different services provided (design, financing and management, construction, maintenance and operation), which covers one private partner.

Abroad, PPP projects are used to build and operate not only roads, but also, airports, urban lighting, retirement homes, etc. PPP projects have a long tradition, especially in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, where PPP projects began to be used in the late eighties. At the end of the 1990s, countries such as the Netherlands, Portugal, France, the USA, Canada and others began to use PPP projects.

The company Via Pribina, a.s. is a member of the Slovak PPP Association, whose main goal is to support and develop PPP projects in the Slovak Republic.

The Via Pribina expressway is historically the first project of this scale, created by a public-private partnership (PPP) in the field of road infrastructure in Slovakia.

The project consists of securing the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of an expressway with a total length of 51.6 km and 30 years of maintenance. The newly built expressway is located east of Bratislava and connects the city of Nitra and the village of Tekovské Nemce. The project also includes the Banská Bystrica bypass from 2012 onwards. The sections of construction were Nitra – Selenec, Selenec – Beladice, Beladice – Tekovské Nemce and Banská Bystrica – northern bypass section. The section Nitra – Tekovské Nemce will connect to the sections R1 Nitra – Trnava and Hronský Beňadik – Banská Bystrica, which will create a 167 km long line of the R1 (Trnava – Banská Bystrica) in the future.

  • 1st section Nitra, west – Selenec in the length of 12.6 km
  • 2nd section Selenec – Beladice in the length of 19 km
  • 3rd section Beladice – Tekovské Nemce in the length of 14.3 km
  • 4th section Banská Bystrica – northern bypass in the length of 5.7 km

Major construction work began on September 1, 2009.

Section opening dates:

Nitra – Tekovské Nemce – October 28, 2011

Banská Bystrica – northern bypass – July 27, 2012

The concession will last for 30 years, i.e., until 2041, when the Concessionaire hands over the expressway to the Public Procuring Entity.

Contracting authority

The public procurer of the Via Pribina project is the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic, with which Via Pribina, a.s. has signed the Concession Agreement.

Independent supervision

Independent supervision of the Via Pribina project is performed by SGS spol. Ltd.

Via Pribina, a. s.
Europeum Business Center, Blok A
Suché mýto 1
Bratislava 811 03

Email: info@viapribina.sk

phone no.: 02 58101605

Concession and operation was last modified: September 8th, 2022 by