Serbian Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure Minister, Zoran Mihajlovic said the construction of a highway linking the capitals of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will begin in June.
Speaking after a meeting with investors and construction company officials, Mihajlovic said the construction of the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway was important to both countries and the entire region. “Our strategic goal is to link the region which will result in better lives for our citizens,” she said.
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“I expect from all of you the full commitment in preparing the required documentation so that the construction of the first motorway segment, from Sremska Raca to Kuzmin, could be launched in June, in the presence of three presidents – Aleksandar Vucic [Serbia], [Recepa] Tayyip Erdogan [Turkey] and Milorad Dodik [Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chairman],” said Mihajlovic,
The Sremska Raca-Kuzmin segment is 17 kilometres long and will cost an estimated 220 million euro to build, while the Pozega – Kotroman section is 60 kilometres long and the value of the works is 830 million euro.
The Serbian government signed a commercial contract on the motorway construction with public enterprise Putevi Srbije (Roads of Serbia) and Turkey’s Tasyapi in December 2018.
The statement also said that the motorway would connect Serbia to European Corridor 5 which links Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, while the segment in Bosnia and Herzegovina would provide a link to Corridors 10 and 11.
The meeting was attended by Zoran Drobnjak, director of Putevi Srbije, that is the project’s official investor, Milutin Ignjatovic, Director of the CIP Institute of Traffic Engineering, as well as the representative of the Turkish contractor, Tasyapi.
(Al Jazeera, 12.03.2019)
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