The future Peljesac Bridge has "emerged" from the Adriatic Sea for the first time. After all 148 pilots were installed in May, just under the surface of the sea, the first parts of the bridge appeared above the Adriatic this morning.
After less than a year since the Chinese company, China Road and Bridges, won the contract to build the new Peljesac Bridge the first signs of the bridge have arisen from the depths of the sea. The Chinese company are working flat out to complete the bridge, and indeed finished the first stage, the installation of the pilots, a full 12 days ahead of schedule. According to a report in Vecernji List there are 21 floating vessels, from cranes to ferries and transport ships, currently working on the project.
There are 385 workers on site, of which 341 are Chinese and 44 Croatian staff, as well as one of the largest cranes in the world. At the rate the work is being completed there is a good chance that the Peljesac Bridge will be completed ahead of schedule and quite possibly before any of the access roads are ready.
The purpose of the bridge is to achieve territorial continuity of the Republic of Croatia; namely, by connecting the southern exclave comprising the bulk of Dubrovnik-Neretva County with the remainder of the Croatian mainland. The bridge achieves this by spanning the Pelješac Channel between Komarna on the mainland and the peninsula of Pelješac, thereby passing entirely through Croatian territory and circumventing any border crossings with neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum.