Chinese Working 24 Hours a Day on Pelješac Bridge Construction

Lauren Simmonds

Pelješac bridge’s construction site currently has 410 Chinese and 60 Croatian workers present on it, as well as 21 vessels.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of October, 2019, the construction of the first pillars has begun at the construction site of Pelješac bridge down in southern Dalmatia. The project is one of strategic importance not only to Croatia but to the EU, as the bridge will connect European Union territory without the need for border crossings in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Neum).

At pilot post eight (S8), the pilot’s headpiece is completely finished, reinforcement works are currently underway, followed by the pouring of concrete, and the formwork is already being prepared for construction of the actual pillar itself, according to a report from Vecernji list.

The pilot headpieces are in the process of being made at posts five, six, seven and nine. On the mainland side (S2), things are currently in an advanced stage of construction and things have already emerged well, and on the Pelješac side on S13, the foundations are currently being worked on, which Poslovni Dnevnik’s journalists themselves came away convinced of after they visited the site of the most important, strategic Croatian infrastructure project to date.

Jure Šegedin, Project Manager of the Pelješac bridge Project, on behalf of the investor, Croatian Roads (Hrvatske ceste), explained that S6, 7, 8 and 9 have the largest headpieces, each with 3,200 cubic metres of concrete and 1,200 tons of reinforcement. These headpieces, he added, have the dimensions of a handball court, 29 times 25 metres, with a thickness of five metres. The S8 should be finished first by the end of the year, of course depending very much on the weather.

As soon as the pilots were dealt with, China Road and Bridge Corporation began requesting permission to work on site 24 hours a day. Thus, the pillars are illuminated with floodlights so that work can be done at night, writes Vecernji list.

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