Chinese construction crews work on the Pelješac Bridge (Photo: Ivo Cagalj/PIXSELL) Chinese construction crews work on the Pelješac Bridge (Photo: Ivo Cagalj/PIXSELL)

The Duboka-Šparagovići/Zaradeže section of road will be built by the Austrian company Strabag, while the Ston ring road and the sub-sections Šparagovići/Zaradeže-Prapratno and Prapratno-Doli will be constructed by Greek firm Avax. The project covers around 30 kilometers of access roads.

Strabag's section will cost around 478.3 million kuna without VAT, while Avax's price is around 511.5 million kuna without VAT.

Avax is expected to complete its part of the construction in 28 month, while Strabag is expected to take 33 months for its part. Construction is expected to start within the next two and a half months.

Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković said that today's contract signing concludes the first phase of the tender and that construction of access roads can now begin, adding that he did not foresee any problems with the build.

Given that the construction of the bridge by Chines contractors is well under way, Butković could not say whether it was possible that the bridge is completed significantly before the completion of the the access roads.