ZAGREB, 16 February (Hina/CW) – The first pillar of the Pelješac Bridge, which springs from the sea, was connected yesterday with a pillar on the mainland.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković visited the Pelješac Bridge building site on Monday, announcing that the construction of the bridge and access roads would be finished by June 2022.
“We are roughly a year and a half away from the completion of this project that will connect the south of Croatia (with the rest of the country), which is our main goal: to ensure the integrity of the state territory,” Plenković said.
The project is worth €550 million, of which 357 million is provided by the EU. “This is a project of strategic importance and we are glad that it will be finished a year and a half from now,” the prime minister said.
The CEO of the Hrvatske Ceste road company, Josip Škorić, said that the works were progressing well. He said that the Pelješac peninsula would be connected to the mainland by the bridge by November this year and the bridge would be equipped by January 2022.
With the construction of a road junction at Brijest, the bridge would be opened to passenger cars and vehicles weighing up to 7.5 tonnes in March or April 2022.
The bridge will connect the peninsula of Pelješac, and through it the southernmost part of Croatia including Dubrovnik, with the Croatian mainland.
The bridge will stretch 2.4 km from the southern peninsula of Pelješac to the mainland spanning across the bay in the Adriatic shared by Croatia and Bosnia.
Check out the video below of the process of the first Pelješac Bridge pillar being connected with the mainland from Monday.