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Hungarian-Slovakian bridge project gets underway

Hungary's Economics and Transport Minister János Kóka and Slovak Transport Minister Pavol Prokopovic signed a letter of intent on Tuesday on modernizing two bridges over the River Ipoly, or Ipel in Slovak, near the Hungarian-Slovak border. The re-building of the two bridges costs Ft 500-700 million (EUR 2-2.8 million), which the two countries would finance in equal shares, Kóka told the press. If the project won European Union funding, 85% of the costs could be covered from that source, he added. Work on the bridges is expected to be completed by the end of 2007. One bridge links Pöstyénpuszta, Hungary with Petov, Slovakia, and the other Nógrádszakál, Hungary and Mula, Slovakia. The 150-metre long new bridges would be able to accommodate truck traffic. Kóka noted that the bridge-project could enhance cooperation in the cross-border region, attract investments and create jobs.