It was not certified as a motorway because of its poor quality – 15 years ago, motorists warned then Minister of Transport Petar Mutafchiev that the road was dangerous and that it was only a matter of time before a serious accident occurred.
The Macedonian company Mavrovo built the highway on which the serious accident occurred with 45 deaths.
For 15 years it has been clear that this section is of very poor quality. Bad flooring and soft crash barriers. The reflectors on it, the so-called cat’s eyes, do not reflect the light from the headlights and are difficult to orientate, especially on bends. The curves have an opposite slope and collect water, when it rains there are always puddles and there is a risk of aquaplaning. This is why this “Autobahn” is not certified as such. The limit is 120 km.