President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Laktasi on Sunday where he opened a section of the highway “January 9” in the length of 10 kilometers together with the President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik.
Besides Vucic and Dodik, the President of the National Assembly Nedeljko Cubrilovic, Prime Minister of the RS Zeljka Cvijanovic and other representatives of the authorities and citizens of that BH entity also attended the opening.
The complete section from Banja Luka to Prnjavor, after construction, will be around 35 kilometers long.
“This is a new working victory of Republika Srpska and I want to congratulate you on that. Our goal is to construct more every year and to connect people and we will not give up until we build a highway to the border with Serbia and throughout Republika Srpska. We want to come closer to Serbia, to equalize all the values that we have, including curriculum and programs, because we are one people with the same dreams and aspirations. We want to go directly to Serbia with this highway and we will continue with the construction in the upcoming years,” said Dodik at the opening of this section.
He also added that the first section from Doboj to Prnjavor, which is 36 kilometers long and cost 180 million EUR, was opened last year, while the section from Prnjavor to Mahovljani cost about 158 million EUR. He announced that the section of Banja Luka – Doboj highway should be completed next year as well.
“I want to congratulate to people and citizens of the RS on the newly opened kilometers of the highway. We know how important it is, and just a few years ago, we were lagging behind many regional countries, but we became the country with the most kilometers of highway in recent months. Roads and bridges should be something that will connect us and I think that this is very important for our mutual relations,” said the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic.