Pelješac Bridge construction site (Photo: Ivo Cagalj/PIXSELL) Pelješac Bridge construction site (Photo: Ivo Cagalj/PIXSELL)

In its latest appeal against the tender process for the Pelješac Bridge project, the Austrian construction firm Strabag has taken issue with the selection of the Greek company Avax for the construction of the bridge's southern access roads. The deadline to decide on the appeal is thirty days.

Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković told reporters on Thursday that while he is frustrated with this latest appeal from Strabag, his hands are tied. "All of us are frustrated, including me personally, because of these lengthy procedures. The law on public procurement, during the phase when tenders are issued, appeals against documentation, then appeals against who was selected, followed by legal suits before the Administrative Court, these are all things that a minister and politics cannot influence," Minister Butković said.

The completion date for Pelješac Bridge and its accompanying access roads is February 1st 2022. However, there is growing concern now, thanks to the numerous appeals being filed against the tenders for the project, that while the bridge will be completed on time, the access roads will not make the prescribed deadline.

Source: HRT