On the Počitelj bridge, the elimination of defects in field 4 has been completed, and soon the elimination of defects will continue on the remaining affected parts of the span structure, announced the Public Enterprise (JP) Autocesta FBiH.
This, as they say, returns the bridge to its designed state, which means that it will have the same load capacity, serviceability and durability as foreseen in the main project.
In parallel with the works to eliminate defects, preparations are being made for the installation of fences, transition devices, and preparations for the execution of the remaining finishing works.
According to the predicted dynamics, these works should be completed in just a few months, and the complete bridge by the beginning of the summer season, say JP Autocesta FBiH.
The rehabilitation of the largest and longest bridge on Corridor Vc is underway. Cracks were discovered last year on the highly demanding bridge over the Neretva River in Pocitelj. However, as it turns out, the discovered cracks do not compromise the stability of the bridge.
“The contractor is currently in the process of addressing the difficulties on the Pocitelj bridge, which is planned to be opened or put into operation in April, or at the latest by May 1st this year,” said Denis Lasic, director of the Public Company Motorways of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH).
Allegedly, the installed steel cables caused cracks to appear in the curved bridge, which can be repaired. The construction of the highway in Herzegovina is continuing. In the next three years, all works are expected to be completed on the other sections as well.
A significant construction site in southern Herzegovina
“Herzegovina, that is, this southern part, was neglected in terms of construction. It will be a significant construction site for about 35 to 40 km in the next three years,” added Lasic.
With the construction of the section of Corridor Vc, Herzegovina will be better connected with the Adriatic ports, Dalmatia.
“When the highway is fully operational, it will connect BiH to Europe, make BiH more accessible, and, of course, a more attractive and competitive country in the economy,” said Prof. Dr. Marko Santic, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the FBiH.
Fortunately, the bridge near Pocitelj was not significantly damaged, which would have delayed the construction, according to construction experts. The completion of the entire Corridor Vc through BiH is expected by early 2030, Biznis Info writes.