The bridge to the Croatian Pelješac peninsula and all access roads will be open to traffic no later than June 2022, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced during today’s visit to the construction site of the largest bridge in Croatia in Komarna. Today, the first part of the bridge structure was built, connecting the mainland at Komarna with the first tower in the sea.
The bridge to the Croatian Pelješac peninsula and all access roads will be open to traffic no later than June 2022
Plenković said in a statement to the media that today’s construction intervention is an important part of the construction of the bridge, which he expects to be completed by the end of this year. Entrances to the bridge, which are also roads on Pelješac, are expected to be completed by June 2022.
He emphasized that this was one of the most important strategic infrastructure projects in Croatia. The bridge will also ensure the integrity of Croatian territory by road to the extreme south of the country, he said. The southernmost Croatian county, Dubrovnik, does not currently have a direct road connection with other parts of Croatia, except through the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has an exit to the Adriatic near Neum.
The entire project of the bridge and access roads from the mainland and Pelješac side is estimated at just over 550 million euros. The European Union contributed 357 million euros, Plenković reminded.
Plenković emphasized that this is one of the most important strategic infrastructure projects in Croatia.
President of the Management Board of the public company Hrvatske ceste Josip Škorić told reporters in Komarna that the mainland and the Peljesac peninsula would be connected to the bridge in November. This will be followed by equipping the bridge by mid-January next year. He expects that in the meantime they will build the Brijesta junction on Pelješac, which will enable a road connection with the existing roads on the peninsula. Thus, in March or April 2020, it will be possible to use the bridge for cars and trucks with a maximum permissible weight of up to 7.5 tons.
According to original plans, the Chinese company China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was to build the bridge by July this year, but the work had to be extended for a few months due to the covida-19 pandemic.
In Croatia, they were already prepared for the scenario that the bridge would be completed for traffic well before the modernization and construction of all planned roads on Pelješac. Roads with a total length of 12 kilometers are being built by the Austrian company Strabag. Greek company Avax, meanwhile, is working on an 18-kilometer ring road near Ston at the confluence of the peninsula and the mainland. The construction of roads is demanding, as several tunnels, bridges and viaducts are planned on them.
The main designer of the 2.4-kilometer-long and 55-meter-high bridge is Slovenian civil engineer Marjan Pipenbaher.
Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.
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