Svilaj Bridge connects us. We are creating opportunities for more investment and economic cooperation

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Svilaj Bridge across the River Sava connecting Svilaj in Croatia with Donji Svilaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina opened to traffic on Thursday, and this 660-metre-long structure is located along the strategically important international Vc corridor.

It is on the pan-European Vc corridor route between Budapest via Osijek and Sarajevo to the Croatian seaport in Ploče.

The bridge was formally opened at a ceremony at which European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija together cut the red ribbon.

The six-lane bridge is 29 metre wide.

The construction of the bridge started in 2016, and was completed in 2020.

This was a joint €23.4 million investment of Croatia's HAC motorway operator and the relevant authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the project was financed by Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at a ratio of 50:50 with 58% of Croatia's share part being covered by EU funds from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Croatia ensured a grant amounting to almost €7 million from the Connecting Europe Facility for its half (€11.7 million).

The bridge was built in compliance with the bilateral treaty between the Croatian and Bosnian governments.

Text: Hina