Sunday, 15 November 2020

VIDEO: Peljesac Bridge Construction Update by EdoStuff

November 15, 2020 - A Peljesac Bridge construction update, brought to you by Split-based videographer EdoStuff.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, works on the construction of the Peljesac Bridge are in full swing. Works should be completed in a year and a half, and the bridge will be 2.4 kilometers long and 55 meters high.

The contractor of the bridge is the Chinese company China Road and Bridge Corporation. At the same time, the access roads, which will cover 32 kilometers in total, are being built by the Austrian company Strabag and the Greek company Avax. 

The contract for constructing the bridge with access roads, worth HRK 2.08 billion (excluding VAT), was signed on April 23, 2018. Eighty-five percent of the costs are financed from EU funds.

Poslovni Dnevnik reported last month that there are as many as 600 Chinese workers currently working on the bridge, ensuring things stay on track on one of the largest strategic projects in Croatian history, especially during these trying times.

The bridge will eliminate the need for those crossing from the extreme south of Dalmatia into the rest of the country or back again to cross into neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina (Neum).

But that's not all.

While the bridge will certainly change the Neretva coast landscape and make life much easier for travelers in southern Croatia, it has also brought a demographic boom in the area, namely in the nearby municipalities of Ston and Slivno.

Slobodna Dalmacija reported last month that the municipalities of Ston on Peljesac and Slivno on the Neretva River, connected by the Peljesac Bridge, recorded an increase in the population of as many as 407 people. This is shown by the Central Bureau of Statistics report on estimates and natural population trends in the past year.

>Eddy Mestrovic of popular YouTube channel EdoStuff Aviation filmed a Peljesac bridge construction update on November 13, 2020. 

"Possibly the most important construction site in Croatia right now. The Pelješac Bridge (Pelješki most) is the bridge that will connect the Croatian mainland with most of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Finally, achieving the long-awaited goal of connecting the south with the rest of Croatia without going through Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge will be a multi-span cable-stayed bridge with a total length of 2,404-metre. It will comprise 13 spans, while seven will be cable-stayed - five central 285-metre spans and two outer 203.5-metre spans. Two pylons around the 200-metre x 55-metre navigation channel will be 98-metres above sea level and 222-metres above the seabed. Built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation. The clips in this video were filmed in June 2020 and early November 2020," writes EdoStuff in the video description.

The bridge should be completed on January 31, 2022.

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