New Gradiška Border Crossing Functional by Summer 2024?

Lauren Simmonds

Gradiška border crossing
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August the 10th, 2023 – A new bridge and new Gradiška border crossing should be functional by summer 2024, assuming all goes to plan.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the bridge near Gradiška was actually fully completed in the sense of its construction back in 2022, but it hasn’t yet been put into function. This is primarily because on the Croatian side, it’s necessary to build both a border crossing and an expressway that will connect with the Zagreb-Lipovac motorway.

These works are ongoing, and the company “Integral inženjering/engineering”, which is the contractor, announced that everything will be completed by the summer of 2024. They are currently making up for the backlog caused by recent severely poor weather conditions.

The original deadline was February 2024

“Currently, around 240 workers are present at the construction site, depending on what needs to be done at the given time. Most of the workforce is from Integral inženjering, except for the transporters, most of whom are from Brod-Posavina County,” said Damjan Kralj, the director of the branch of this company which has its headquarters are in Zabok.

A 70 million euro price tag

The biggest challenge for the builders is the construction of two bridges on the connecting road, and one of them is one hundred metres longer than the one already built over the Sava River.

According to earlier projections, the total costs of that infrastructure project should amount to approximately seventy million euros.

The Gradiška border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina remains one of the busiest because, in addition to passenger traffic, the majority of freight traffic also uses it. At the moment, the traffic on the Bosnia and Herzegovina side goes through the city, so there is a lot of congestion, especially due to the large amount of cargo lorries.

When the new bridge is opened, vehicles from the direction of the Gradiška border crossing in Croatia will have direct access by motorway to Banja Luka, more specifically to Doboj, and that city should be connected to Sarajevo in the next four years by motorway and via a corridor.

In the first phase, the journey by car between the capitals of Croatia and neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina would thus be shortened to less than four hours.


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