The Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, shared a video about the opening of the new Pelješac Bridge on his Facebook page, and in his post he once again emphasized the importance of this project, calling it a “millennium project to unite Croatia.”
Whilst the actual bridge has been completed works are still underway on the access roads, although the new Pelješac Bridge is set to be officially opened in June this year. The main purpose of the bridge, which is over 2.4 kilometres long, is to provide a fixed link from south-eastern Croatia exclave to the rest of the country while bypassing Bosnia and Herzegovina's short coastal strip at Neum. The far south of Croatia, including Dubrovnik, has been cut off from the rest of the country ever since independence. The only part of the European Union that is separated in this way.
The Pelješac bridge project is very much an international project, the bridge was constructed by the Chinese company, China Road and Bridge Corporation, designed by the Slovenian Marjan Pipenbaher and 85 percent of the 357 million Euros cost came from the European Union.
“Croatian Roads has published a video on the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, which I recommend you watch. The bridge and connecting roads were a project for which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County successfully fought for in the government of Andrej Plenković, and which is being successfully implemented by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and Croatian Roads. Funds are provided from the state budget and EU funds. We are looking forward to the launch of the most important Croatian bridge soon,” wrote Dobroslavić.