Hungarian contractor Duna Aszfalt has won the tender for building a section of the M44 dual carriageway between Bekescsaba and Kondoros. The €133 million deal is for 18km of the M44.

The other bidders were Strabag Altalanos Epito, Colas Hungaria with Colas Kozlekedesepito and a consortium including Pannon-Doprastav, Subterra-Raab and Domper.

Békéscsaba is near the Romanian border with the M5 iterchange at Kecskemét. Meanwhile, under the Rural Development Programme, the government said it will boost finances for upgrading roads around smaller towns to more than €90 million.