The delegations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia signed today the contract for the construction of the bridge over the River Sava, near the city of Gradiška on the north of BiH. The contract was long awaited as the highway in Republika Srpska, from Banja Luka to Sava River had been finished years ago, but the end of this road was in the meadow. Now, it is possible to expect that the highway will be extended on the other side of the river, to Croatia and further to the Zagreb-Begrade highway.
The director of the Autoputevi Republike Srpske public company, Dušan Topić, said that a contract had been signed today with the companies that would build the bridge on the Sava, and that the construction could start in a month.
Topić said that representatives of the BiH Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Hrvatske Ceste Company on behalf of the investor, and representatives of Integral Inženjering from Laktaši on behalf of the contractor signed the contract.
In addition to this company, Croatian companies “Đuro Đaković Montaža” and “Zagreb-Montaža” will be in a consortium that will build the bridge.
“This is a very important day since as of today there is no turning back, only going forward. By signing the contract all parties assumed a great obligation and responsibility”, Topić said.
According to him, a tender for the selection of a monitoring body should be completed in a month.
“During this time, the contractor should mobilize its capacities so that conditions could be created to start works in a month. It is our aim to make use of as much time as possible before winter and to plan most of the works for next year. The deadline for the completion of works is 30 months, and this is enough time to bring them to an end,” Topić said.
He added that it is important that the contractor can be engaged in the procurement of steel materials as of today.
“The bridge will be of steel construction, which is rare in our region, so it will take time to provide quality materials, and then to start the workshop production of the elements that will be assembled on the construction site”, Topić said.
Works are worth EUR 19.54 million without VAT, and BiH and Croatia are financing the construction equally.
The bridge will be 426 meters long and 22.6 m wide and will have two traffic lanes in each direction. Separated border crossings are planned to be built after the bridge is completed which will allow for a quicker flow of people and goods. As the present border crossing is in Gradiška downtown, and after construction of the bridge it will be relocated, meaning that citizens will finally live without traffic jams at the border./ibna