The Lyulin Highway will be ready by May 15, 2011, making it Bulgaria’s first completed highway, promised Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev.

Plevneliev announced Monday that the government had reached an agreement with the Turkish company Mapa Cengiz, which is building the Lyulin Highway, and that if the firm fails to meet the deadline, it will face a huge penalty.

The 19-km Lyulin Highway is supposed to connect the Bulgarian capital Sofia with the Daskalovo road intersection near Pernik to the west, which will be starting point of the future Struma Highway connecting Sofia with Kulata on the Greek border.