The new DCR project predicts the arrangement of a cyclist-friendly cycling route, which is placed to the greatest extent possible into the vicinity of the Drava River. The project foresees the yield of all 25 kilometres of already built cycling routes, 64 kilometres takes place on rearranged field, forest and service routes. 40 km of the route is planned as new construction, and only 23 kilometres the Drava Cycling Route is planned along less busy local roads. The total length of the cycling route is approx. 150 km. The estimated cost of the construction of the cycling route is 15 million euros.
The final route of the new Drava Cycling Route could be different in some parts from the one shown in the video overflight.
In 2018, the DRSI Slovenian Infrastructure Agency commissioned the preparation of all missing project documentation for 12 sections. At the same time, construction of the cycling route began at the sections for which the project documentation is already prepared, in the municipalities of Muta, Radlje, Maribor and Ruše. In total, new sections of the cycling route of a length of approx. 10 km will be built in 2018.
The municipalities of Maribor, Miklavž na Dravskem polju, Starše, Hajdina and Ptuj are arranging approx. 20 km of new macadam roads along the Drava River for cyclists in 2018, which will be marked and put into use for cyclists on the Drava Cycling Route by the end of June. By 2019, we plan to set up new information boards along the cycling route and arrange new rest areas for cyclists that will have the same overall design on the entire route of the Drava Cycling Route.
It is planned that every year DRSI, in cooperation with municipalities, will regulate approx. 10-20 km of new sections of cycling routes.
Among the priority sections, is the Podvelka-Fala section, which is currently the most demanding for cyclists. The Drava Cycling Route as a separate cycling route would be completed between 2021 and 2023.
In 2021, the Directorate of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia started the reconstruction of the bridge over the Drava River between Selnica ob Drava and Ruše. During the works, the bridge will be completely closed, from May 31, 2021 to the fall of 2022. During the complete closure, pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to cross the bridge. For cyclists on the Drava cycle route, a detour is planned from the Castle of Fala along the Ruše–Puščava regional road to Ruše.
The Slovenian Infrastructure Agency (DRSI) is completing the construction of a 1.5 km long section of the Drava Cycling Route from the Municipality of Muta in the direction of the Water Park in the Municipality of Radlje ob Dravi.
Cyclists from Slovenia and abroad have been able to cycle along the Drava Cycling Route for some time now, which is already fully marked; in recent years, many construction works have been carried out to complete the cycle route as quickly as possible.
Before the cycling season, the Municipality of Hajdina re-arranged a part of the macadam section of the Drava Cycling Route in Slovenja vas. The Maribor - Ptuj stage along the right bank of the river Drava thus has a well-arranged macadam base.
In Muta, the construction of a bicycle underpass started on the new section of the Drava cycle path. The investor is the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency. When the underpass is finished, the cyclists will be safely guided under the busy state road.
In the municipality of Radlje ob Dravi, between Zg. Vižinga and the Water park, the construction of the new 1,5 km long section of the Drava cycling route has begun, with the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency as the investor.
The Municipality of Ruše concludes the construction of the largest bridging object on the Drava cycling route between Ruše and Bistrica ob Dravi. The cycling route on this section is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2019.
The Municipality of Ruše concludes the construction of the largest bridging object on the 6 km long Drava cycling route between Ruše and Limbuš, with the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency as the investor.
In the municipality of Muta, in August 2018, the construction of a 1.5 km long section of the Drava Cycling Route between Spodnja Muta and Tuš and the connection to the Vuzenica bridge began. The main investor of the project is the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency (DRSI).
In cooperation with the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency (DRSI), the Podvelka Municipality in August 2018 rearranged 900 m of separated paved cycling route in Brezno. This section is a new planned part of the Drava Cycling Route, which will take place directly along the Drava River.