Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic stated that the highway through the Grdelica Gorge would open for traffic on Saturday.
– We are opening the entire southern leg of Corridor 10, removing the need for other roads to be used. This is a great victory for Serbia and for all engineers and workers involved in this project. It also has a great importance when it comes to connecting Serbia to the region – Mihajlovic said on RTS.
She added that 250,000 tons of asphalt had been built in, that 650,000 cubic meters of rock had been removed, that two tunnels and 33 bridges, including the two tallest bridges in Serbia, had been built and that the railway and the river bed had been moved.
This weekend, it was, however, announced that the highway would open on Wednesday, May 15.
This summer, according to Zorana Mihajlovic, the remaining sections on the eastern leg of Corridor 10, towards Bulgaria, and the highway from Obrenovac to Preljina will open for traffic as well. The minister previously announced that the latter would open before the summer.
She announced that the beginning of the construction of the Preljina-Pozega section on Corridor 11
would be marked in the presence of the president of Serbia on Friday, May 17. This is one of the three new highways the construction of which begins this summer.
– Nearly EUR 500 million will be invested in this section, which is also very challenging, as a third of the route will consist of bridges and tunnels, including tunnels that will be longer than those in the Grdelica Gorge – Mihajlovic said.
As she said, the works on another two highways that are a part of the new investment cycle should begin this summer, namely, the Morava Corridor
, that is, the Pojate-Preljina highway, and the Sremska Raca-Kuzmin section of the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway.