30 April 2020

Construction of Svilaj bridge on Bosnian-Croatian border in final stage

The construction of the Svilaj bridge on the Sava river on Bosnia’s northern border with Croatia is in the final stage, the Bosnian transport ministry said.

The works were due for completion by April 14 but the coronavirus outbreak has pushed forward the deadline for completing the technical tests of the new bridge to the middle of May, the transport ministry said in a statement earlier this week.

The Svilaj bridge, part of European transport Corridor Vc, is situated in the 10.7-kilometre Svilaj – Odzak motorway section of the corridor. It is 640 metres long and 29 metres wide, with three lanes in each direction.

The Svilaj-Odzak motorway section will connect Bosnia to Croatia once the Svilaj bridge is completed. The construction of the bridge began in September 2016. Its cost is estimated at 69.2 million euro ($75 million), VAT included, financed through loans from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, among other sources.

Austria’s Strabag and Bosnia’s Euro Asfalt and ZGP are carrying out the construction works, while Spain’s Aecom Inocsa S.L.U. acts as a consultant.

Corridor Vc connects Croatia’s Adriatic port of Ploce with Budapest in Hungary via Bosnia.

Source: http://mkt.gov.ba, SeeNews.com

Photo: Ministry of Communications and Transport BiH