Peljesac Bridge Works Continuing as Planned, Plenkovic Visits Site

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Tuesday in Komarna, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the Peljesac bridge works on site, emphasising that the bridge will be connected with its span structure elements by October this year, and that it will achieve a key goal – the physical integrity of Croatian territory.

The Prime Minister also walked along Peljesac bridge, and crossed the 300-metre-long section accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Oleg Butkovic, and the director of Hrvatske ceste (Croatian roads), Josip Skoric, who introduced him to the dynamics of the Peljesac bridge works and what is currently being done.

“Today, for the first time, we had the opportunity to walk along Peljesac bridge, along these elements of the span structure. There are only 24 span structures left to come from China, and that will happen during May,” Plenkovic told reporters.

Prime Minister Plenkovic also pointed out that at that moment we’ll finally achieve our key goal – not only connecting the southern part of Dubrovnik-Neretva County with the other part of the county, but we’ll achieve the physical territorial integrity of Croatian territory, which is strategic not only for the country but for the EU.

“This is, in the long run, the biggest achievement of this project worth 526 million euros, which is being financed by European Union funds,” Plenkovic said, congratulating all of the contractors.

Emphasising that Peljesac bridge has a symbolic and special significance, the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic said that the dynamics of construction are all going well despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as there were no major construction delays.

He expects that the entire span structure will be connected by the end of September, and at the beginning of next year, everything will be ready for the technical inspection of the bridge. Butkovic also emphasised that in June next year, they expect traffic on Peljesac bridge and the completion of its access roads.

The President of the Management Board of Hrvatske ceste, Josip Skoric, said that the Peljesac bridge works were progressing with good intensity and expected that by the end of September, the complete span construction will be finished, followed by the tying up of loose ends. He also pointed out that the works around the access roads are going very well.

Regarding the bypass around Ston, Skoric also reported that the works, after some initial difficulties, are now progressing. “We can be satisfied with the current dynamics,” he said.

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