18:54 / 17.06.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Minister says works on Pelješac Bridge are ahead of schedule

Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković

Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković

Foto: Nel Pavletic / PIXSELL

Construction of the bridge started on the 30th of July 2018. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, with the completion date for the access roads set for June of 2022.

Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković visited the construction site of the Pelješac Bridge on Thursday, where works are ahead of schedule. The bridge itself was initially slated for completion at the end of the year. However, with works significantly ahead of schedule, officials are considering opening the bridge to traffic ahead of schedule, in March. This would mean that the existing access road would be put to use until the accompanying access roads are completed in June of next year.

Commenting on the progress being made by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, which is building the country’s longest bridge, Minister Butković said that he was pleased with CRBC’s efforts: "The final shipment of steel structures has arrived on site, and as things stand right now by the end of August the entire span of the bridge will be connected."

The purpose of the bridge is to provide a fixed link from southeast Croatia to the rest of the country while bypassing Bosnia and Herzegovina's short coastal strip at Neum. The bridge will span the sea channel between Komarna on the northern mainland and the peninsula of Pelješac, thereby passing entirely through Croatian territory and avoiding any border crossings with Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum.

Source: HRT

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