Croatia: Pelješac bridge structure rises above sea levels

Croatia: Pelješac bridge structure rises above sea levels

Pelješac Bridge contractors China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) have completed 65 % of the work on the bridge which will connect the Pelješac peninsula with the Croatian mainland.

“The Chinese have so far done 65 % of the work on the bridge. The current realisation on that project amounts to 1.3 billion kuna out of a total of 2.08 billion as contracted,” daily Večernji list writes.

There are currently 543 workers on the construction site, of which 144 are technical and support staff and the rest are workers, engineers and sailors on ships.

At the end of February, 49 out of a total of 165 segments of steel span structure had been installed on the bridge. In mid-February, a segment with a total length of 52 meters and weighing 581 tons was placed between the sea pillar S3 and the land S2.

By the end of last month, according to Croatian Roads Company, all-steel piles on the Pelješac Bridge had been driven in and concreted, and all work on the construction of headboards, columns and pylons had been completed. The pillars are 38 to 54 meters high, and the pylons on the six central pillars are 40 meters high.

According to plans of the bridge contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the completion of the installation of the last segment is scheduled for early October this year.

This will not conclude works on the bridge, with the final works expected to last until the end of the year.

The whole project, including the access roads, should be completed before the 2022 tourist season.

Along with the good implementation of this project, in neighbourly Bosnia and Herzegovina dissatisfaction exacerbated once again, this time by Croat member of the BiH tripartite Presidency Željko Komšić. In an interview on Monday, he said that Bosnia and Herzegovina had the right to file a lawsuit against Croatia at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg over the construction of the Pelješac Bridge.

Komšić said that Croatia had broken the International Law of Sea Convention. He states that Croatia did not respect the previous agreements on the maritime border and claimed that the bridge was built over the “Bosnian sea”.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković commented on Komšić’s statement, saying Croatia is not in violation of international law.

“There is a signed agreement from 1999 between Croatian President Franjo Tuđman and BiH Presidency Chairman Alija Izetbegović. The agreement has been implemented and neither side has brought that into question,” he said.

“Last year, while deciding on financing the project with EU funds, Croatia explained the case to the EU authorities. The bridge enables all vessels to pass to and from Neum without any problems,” Plenković said, adding that the argument that Croatia prevents BiH from using the Neum port is not valid at all. /ibna