The Peljesac Bridge project will take three years to construct and will be completed by 2022, according to the Minister of Transport, Oleg Butković. The contract between the Croatian government and the constructor, China Road and Bridge Corporation, was signed yesterday in Dubrovnik and the 2.08 billion Kuna project is set to begin.
Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, who attended the signing ceremony, said that this is a "strategic project for Croatia, which will make Croatia's mainland unique, and the south of the country will be integrated with the rest of the country.”
The European Union is co-financing the project to the tune of 357 million euros, or 85 percent of the total costs. The total value of the bridge that will connect Dubrovnik with the rest of Croatia, is around 420 million Euros.
With the signing of the contracts yesterday construction works can now begin, however they could soon be stopped as the Austrian company Strabag has launched legal proceedings in the Administrative Court in Zagreb against the State Procurement Commission. If works aren’t stopped by this lawsuit, then the Chinese construction company will start work where they finished in 2008. The first step will be to make a construction project for the main pillars that will support the bridge, which according to estimates should be completed in six months. This means that if all goes to plan actual construction on site should start by the end of this year.