Peljesack bridge

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August 14, 2022

The Pelješac Bridge (Croatian: Pelješki most) is a suspension bridge on the Croatian peninsula of Pelješac, which connected two parts of Croatia divided by about ten kilometers of Bosnia and Herzegovina near the town of Neum.

Meaning

The construction, which Croatia has been waiting for since at least 2005, is supposed to solve the dilemma that arose when independence was declared in 1991, when about ten kilometers of the Adriatic coast fell to Bosnia and Herzegovina, dividing the country. The bridge will now connect the northern part with the Pelješac peninsula in the southern part, which will make it possible to bypass the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where long border columns are formed during border controls. Symbolically, the territory of the Republic of Croatia, thus the territory of the European Union, will be united. By skipping the checkpoints, the journey to Dubrovnik will be shorter in time, although physically it will be longer. The bridge will shorten the journey to Korčula by up to an hour, both physically and in time. Bridge tolls are not included. The bridge is the most important part of a larger project connecting the two parts of Croatia, which also includes three smaller bridges, four tunnels, two viaducts and repairs to existing roads.

Construction Preparation

In 2005, the government of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader came up with a plan to finance the construction. In 2007, three Croatian companies started to work on the construction, but due to the subsequent financial crisis, the construction gradually slowed down and finally stopped altogether, and all three companies went out of business. After Croatia's accession to the EU and gaining access to Union funds, the project started moving again.

Construction

The bridge is being built by the Chinese construction company China Road and Bridge Corporation, which offered the lowest price. For China, the bridge is an important contract, as it is the first EU tender in which a Chinese company has succeeded. 85 percent of it is financed by the European Union, 15 percent by Croatia. It is currently among the five most complex constructions in the European Union and is the most demanding Croatian project. Steel for the construction of the bridge was brought from China.

Opening the bridge

The opening of the bridge took place on July 26, 2022 for passenger cars, and in the second half of August 2022, trucks and buses will also start to drive over the bridge.

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