Penultimate Peljesac Bridge Segment Now in Place as Works Continue

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, just a few days ago, the penultimate Peljesac bridge segment was installed. Just another 18.5 metres separate us from the physical connection of the Croatian south with the rest of the country, and that truly historic job should finally be completed in just ten days.

The crossing through Neum, the only piece of coastline neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina has, in order to enter or exit the extreme south of Croatia has posed a problem for many years. Thanks to EU membership and access to European Union funds which funded the project heavily, Croatian territory can finally be connected.

Two synchronised cranes first raised the second to last Peljesac bridge segment to the lower level of the already installed bridge structure, as was reported by HRT. An extremely precise operation then followed.

When a few millimeters were trimmed at the bottom, the cranes restarted, and the 18.5-metre-long and 100-tonne section of the future bridge’s pavement began to rise slightly. It stopped at places where additional cutting was needed, before being mounted into its final position.

Mounting the connecting segment in the middle between the two pillars is a demanding job and is therefore done at night when the steel is most stable.

The hard working Chinese contractors who have been hands on around the clock and the investor, Croatian roads (Hrvatske ceste) both hope that the weather will be fair on the night of July the 28th into the very early hours of the 29th. At that time, the installation of the final Peljesac bridge segment is currently planned.

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