ZAGREB, 13 July 2020 – The deadline for the competition of the new Peljesac Bridge in southern Croatia has been extended until the end of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, daily Vecernji List reports.
Croatian Roads (Hrvatske Ceste) explains that due to the pandemic, the production of two steel span production plants in China was suspended, which ultimately resulted in a postponement of the completion date.
Whilst the deadline has been extended, the contractors, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), are aiming to honour the original deadline and finish by the end of July 2021.
Croatian Roads (Hrvatske ceste) say that CRBC has so far performed more than 50 percent of the works on the bridge. All the steel piles have now been driven in, as for the pillars, the installation of supporting scaffolding, installation of steel span structure and construction of pylons has already begun.
As for the access roads, which began construction at the end of 2019, works were carried out with reduced intensity due to the pandemic. 20 percent of the works on the route itself and 15 percent of the works on the construction of the tunnel have been completed so far.
There are currently 619 workers at the Peljesac Bridge construction site, of which 137 are technical and support staff and the rest are machinists and sailors onboard ships.
The bridge will connect the peninsula of Peljesac, and through it the southernmost part of Croatia including Dubrovnik, with the Croatian mainland.
The value of the construction of the Peljesac Bridge and access roads is estimated at HRK 2.08 billion. The bridge will stretch 2.4 km from the southern peninsula of Peljesac to the mainland spanning across the bay in the Adriatic shared by Croatia and Bosnia.