It would appear that the final decision on who will get to build the access roads to Pelješac bridge has finally been reached.
Jutarnji list writes about the State Comission for the Control of Public Tender Processes (Državna komisija za kontrolu postupaka javne nabave, DKOM) and its denial of the appeal lodged by the Austrian company Strabag to the decision by Croatian roads (Hrvatske ceste) to award the construction of the access roads to the Greek company Avax.
This decision is final insomuch that Strabag can’t appeal it any more. The only recourse it has left is to take this matter to court, more specifically to the High Administrative Court, but even if they decide to do that, that will not prolong the signing of the contract any more. It is expected that those signatures and the start of the construction could take place during the next month. Just to remind you, the section of the access roads in question is between Sparagovići and Doli on the Pelješac peninsula, including the bypass road around Ston.
This decision concludes the saga of the selection of the contractor hired to build one part of the southern section of the access roads for Pelješac bridge. The public offers sent out were opened in June of last year, and it took a while for the original decision to be made – that happened in February of this year. After that, numerous appeals started. Avax’ offer was that they would build the 18 kilometres of this section for 511.5 million kuna, while the estimated value was 449.1 million kuna. The deadline for the completion of the works on this section is 28 months.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that the situation with the entirety of the southern section has been resolved: the other, still disputed section of the access road, Duboka – Sparagovići has still not been awarded to either of the companies, and the contracts for that section remain unsigned.