ZAGREB, 30 September 2021 – The 660-metre-long Svilaj bridge across the Sava River at the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has opened to traffic today.
The bridge is on the important pan-European Vc corridor route between Budapest via Osijek and Sarajevo to the Croatian seaport in Ploče. The 29-metre-wide bridge has six lanes.
“We are opening another bridge that connects us, another link between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also Bosnia and Herzegovina and Europe. By strengthening the transport infrastructure, we connect our peoples and economies, as well as mutual investments and exchanges,” the Croatian government said.
PVRH @AndrejPlenkovic na otvaranju mosta Svilaj: Otvaramo još jedan most koji nas spaja, još jednu poveznicu između Hrvatske i BiH, ali i BiH i Europe. Jačanjem prometne infrastrukture povezujemo naše narode i gospodarstva te međusobna ulaganja i razmjenu. pic.twitter.com/VfHWsi9JG7— Vlada Republike Hrvatske (@VladaRH) September 30, 2021
The construction of the bridge, worth 171.8 million kuna, started in 2016. The bridge is a joint investment of Croatia’s HAC and the relevant authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the project was financed by Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at a ratio of 50:50 with 58% of Croatia’s share part being covered by EU funds from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija were at the opening of the bridge on Thursday.