Pelješac Bridge (Photo: /XINHUA/PIXSELL) Pelješac Bridge (Photo: /XINHUA/PIXSELL)

Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković told Croatian Radio on Wednesday that in spite of the numerous setbacks caused by endless appeals to the public tenders for the massive project, he is confident the bridge and its access roads will be completed on time.

"It seems that I'm always preparing to answer reporter’s questions on whether or not the bridge and access roads will be completed on the same day. It's hard to say right now, but based on what we can see at the current moment, it won't be that far off. We have to complete the entire project by the end of 2023 to ensure that we don't lose any of the funding. And I can assure you that it will be completed well before then," Minister Butković said.

The European Commission has approved €357 million of Cohesion Policy funds to co-finance the construction of the bridge and surrounding infrastructure such as access rounds, covering roughly 85% of the total coast.

The Pelješac Bridge will stand 55m high, while its four lanes will span 2.4 km. The Pelješac Bridge will connect southern Dalmatia with the rest of mainland Croatia and is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country’s history.

Source: HRT