Agreement on Continuation of Construction of Highway to Montenegro Signed – CRBC to Execute Works from Pozega to Duga Poljana

Source: eKapija Monday, 27.12.2021. 08:54
Computer rendering of the future highway south of Pozega (Photo: YouTube/screenshot)Computer rendering of the future highway south of Pozega
A commercial agreement on the preparation of the technical documentation and the construction of the highway from Pozega to Duga Poljana, in the length of 75 kilometers, was signed recently with the Chinese company CRBC. This is the continuation of the project of the construction of the Belgrade-South Adriatic highway. Upon the completion of this section, the next step is to build a route to Boljare and the border with Montenegro.

The president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, stated on that occasion that the construction of the section to Duga Poljana, the place at the mid-point between Novi Pazar and Sjenica, would begin as soon as March and that it would take two years to complete. The section is very difficult to build: of the 75 kilometers, more than two thirds consist of tunnels and bridges. The president optimistically announced a travel time of two hours on the Belgrade-Sjenica route.

Said agreement was signed by the minister of construction, transport and infrastructure of Serbia, Tomislav Momirovic, the director of the PE Roads of Serbia, Zoran Drobnjak, and the vice-president of CRBC, and the ambassador of China to Serbia, Chen Bo, attended as well.

Vucic announced a cost price of no less than EUR 1.5 billion. The sections slated last for construction, from Duga Poljana to Boljare, is easier to build.

The president also said that the Preljina-Pakovrace highway section (the de facto bypass route around Cacak) “is finished, but we are waiting for an agreement between the Roads of Serbia and the competent ministry regarding its opening”. The essence of the problem, according to Vucic, is whether the flanks are to be made of stone or not, so the opening of that subsection on the route to Pozega, under the most pessimistic projections, could wait until February 10, although it was previously announced for last weekend. In a more optimistic scenario, it could open in “around ten days”, that is, by Orthodox Christmas.

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