Peljesac Bridge Construction Deadline Could be Extended by Several Months

Lauren Simmonds



The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seen economic difficulties ensue, with imports and exports being heavily affected in some sectors, much like disruption we’re seeing in the transport and travel industry. Peljesac Bridge, a strategic project for Croatia and among the most significant since the nation gained its independence back in the 1990s, isn’t immune to the complications the epidemic has caused.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 25th of May, 2020, at Peljesac Bridge’s construction site down in Dalmatia, the first element of the span structure was lifted by a crane and placed on the bridge’s S5 pillar. On the other pillars, elements of the bridge’s steel structure have now been placed, which will act as a support for the installation of the elements of the span structure, 29 elements of which are already on the construction site of the long awaited bridge.

The ”base segment” of the pavement structure of the future Peljesac Bridge from the shore might seem small at first sight, but it is actually ten metres long and 23.5 metres wide. Despite weighing an enormous 250 tonnes, a one thousand-tonne crane lifted it to a 40-metre-high pillar in a matter of mere minutes.

The first two base segments of the pavement structure have now been placed on the third pillar from the end. The next base segments will be placed on two central pillars. Since there is a navigable corridor between them, they are 55 metres high, and the supporting scaffolding that will temporarily keep the structures standing at that height is increasing in size every day, according to a report from HRT.

The bridge itself should be completed by July the 31st next year, but given the issues that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, factories in China have not been in operation for some time. Therefore, this deadline being extended by several months remains a possibility.

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