Reconstruction of the Fortress Bridge, in the center of Nis, at the entrance to the Nis Fortress, which is a landmark of this city, is not completed today, despite the promise of city officials that this, as well as the sanction of the central King Milan Square, which is an extension of the bridge, will happen 1 August.
The overhaul of the Fortress Bridge, only a little more than 50 meters long, lasts 516 days, although it was initially announced that it would be completed in a maximum of four months.
Workers were still working on the bridge this morning, setting up a glass fence and finishing other works, surrounded by wires, metal structures and stacked granite slabs.
Despite the works, the bridge was lit last Friday night, and the “screaming” pink color provoked sharp reactions from citizens, who associated it with the reality show “Zadruga” and kitsch, after which it was replaced by green on Saturday night.
The LED lighting of the Fortress Bridge was not announced at the presentation of the project on its reconstruction.
The mayor of Nis, Dragana Stotirovski, announced that the overhaul of the bridge and King Milan Square would be completed by August 1, so that Nis would “be ready for the August Nishville and Film Meetings”, which are being held in the Fortress.
The completion of the rehabilitation of this square and the bridge was extended five times, and the public did not find out the final price of the renovation and possible payment of the penalty due to the delay, despite such requests.
The contractor on the Fortress Bridge is the Belgrade company Termomont, and the entire job, according to the announcements at its beginning, is worth 60 million dinars.
Reconstruction of the Fortress Bridge began on March 3 last year, and the central square even earlier – on June 29, 2019.
The Directorate for City Construction has recently announced a new “moment” to the citizens – the deadline for eliminating the shortcomings on the central square and the Fortress Bridge, which are visible to the naked eye, is two years.
The contractor will bear all the consequences if he does not adhere to the contractual obligations or the quality of the works, considering that the bank guarantee has been submitted, they said in that public company.
Meanwhile, unknown citizens on the Jelgotovmost website remind us that the overhaul of the Fortress Bridge takes longer than a human journey from Earth to Mars, which took 270 days.
The overhaul of the bridge is also longer than the satellite’s journey from Earth to Jupiter (405 days), Christopher Columbus’ first trip to America (70) and the first expedition to the South Pole (58 days). It lasts longer than both Balkan wars (283 days), the allied liberation of Western Europe from the Germans (85) or the Albanian Golgotha (54 days).
It is also longer than the complete construction of the Empire State Building, a 105-storey skyscraper in New York, which lasted 485 days.
One of the oldest photographs that testify to the Fortress Bridge was taken in 1878, when Nis was liberated from Ottoman rule.
This bridge has been demolished at least three times since its construction, and then rebuilt.
Bright and fountain
In the extension of the Fortress Bridge, on King Milan Square, there is a newly built fountain, which already shines in various colors. City officials have announced that the fountain will play, like the one on Belgrade’s Slavija.
Mayor: The illuminated bridge looks like the one in Singapore, Great Britain, Australia…
Today, the mayor Dragana Sotirovka said on her official Facebook that Nis got a bridge in the center of the city with luminous effects “like world capitals and following modern trends”. She gave examples and photos of some of these bridges in “Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Georgia”. She added that “from tomorrow, the bridge will be” completely ready for pedestrians and festivals that await us in August and September. “
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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