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Old December 25th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #4421
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Yes, likely something like that - good example is already ongoing Zemun-Borca Danube bridge project in Belgrade - where currently a few hundred Chinese workers and engineers, along with local sub-contractors, are employed. We should know more tomorrow.
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Old December 25th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #4422
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Little bit of an update on the status of works on various Danube bridges in Serbia....

Just ahead of New Year holidays, newly built Pancevo bridge interchange was finally opened to traffic:




















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Old December 25th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #4423
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Zemun-Borca bridge:

























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Old December 25th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #4424
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In Novi Sad, as pre-fabricated segments arrive from Italy, work has really started to heat up on the construction site of the new road & rail Zezelj bridge, about 474 meters in length and being built at a cost of ~50 million euros. The initial completion deadline was late 2013 but more likely date now, after some delays, is summer 2014.

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Old December 25th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #4425
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Last but not least, reconstruction of the old Beska bridge is running a tad late - work is now expected to be finished by Spring 2013, instead of originally planned end-2012 opening.

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Old December 25th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #4426
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Some more good news regarding the long planned Banat expressway (Novi Sad-Ruma section) and tunnel under Fruska Gora national park:

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12. 13. 2012.| 19:48
Funding provided for semi-highway from Novi Sad to Ruma

The Vojvodina government said in a statement that the funding had been provided for the construction of a semi-highway from Novi Sad to Ruma, with a tunnel through Fruska Gora, adding that a written consent was now being awaited from the Serbian Finance Ministry.

On the occasion of the Finance Ministry's statement reading that Vojvodina PM Bojan Pajtic's statement regarding the funds for the construction of that road has been interpreted in a vague way, the Vojvodina government noted that the prime minister had said that the funds had been provided and that they would be included in the Vojvodina budget for 2013 as soon as the Finance Ministry gave its consent.

- It is indisputable that the funds are exclusively earmarked for the construction of the Novi Sad-Ruma semi-highway section with a tunnel through Fruska Gora and all access roads because this project is among Vojvodina's top priorities.

It is also added that the provincial administration "does not care much" if the funds will be provided from taxes or from a loan extended by China's Exim Bank.

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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #4427
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Good news, just in time for New Year's...it looks like Chinese firm Shandong High Speed Group will build two additional sections of crucial Corridor 11 or Belgrade-Bar motorway - they are Obrenovac-Ub and Lajkovac-Ljig. Some sort of agreement should be signed tomorrow


Nice updates Crazy.

It's interesting that on the so called 'corridor 11' construction is not starting from Beograd and progressing south, but rather being built in random sections. I guess it has to do with concessions and the preparedness of land.

I think the priorities for the Serbian motorway network should be completion of Corridor 10 in the south, and then the full completion of the Beograd Ring Road - from Batajnica to Bubanj Potok. And then 'Corridor 11' but only to Požega, not further south until the Montenegrins start their section of the corridor. After that the Novi Sad-Ruma-Šabac highway. And then the Beograd-Vršac motorway.

just my two cents ...
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Old December 27th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #4428
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Nice updates Crazy.

It's interesting that on the so called 'corridor 11' construction is not starting from Beograd and progressing south, but rather being built in random sections. I guess it has to do with concessions and the preparedness of land.

I think the priorities for the Serbian motorway network should be completion of Corridor 10 in the south, and then the full completion of the Beograd Ring Road - from Batajnica to Bubanj Potok. And then 'Corridor 11' but only to Požega, not further south until the Montenegrins start their section of the corridor. After that the Novi Sad-Ruma-Šabac highway. And then the Beograd-Vršac motorway.

just my two cents ...
I don't know who is source of informations about planned sections in lenght of 756 km but I am sure that they are not realistic. Even more, I think that there is no chance for Serbia to build 756 km of motorways in next 50 years. Only section from Ruma to Sabac has enough traffic load for motorway (12000 vehicles/day) and that is section with highest traffic load in Serbia except motorway on Corridor X. For that section we can not find the money since 2001, we dont have main design yet, but we are talking about some sections with traffic load which is six times lower. Especially sections Paracin - Zajecar and Nis - Zajecar sounds like a dream. Section Batocina - Kragujevac belongs to the blue part "under construction" and will be finished in some resonable period. Beograd - Pozarevac is completely unclear for me as a new corridor because Pozarevac is only 15 km away from Corridor X and there is no need for totally new corridor but only 15 km from Corridor X to Pozarevac. Pojate - Preljina is an idea from the 70s and I hope we will be able to find the money for that project in next two years. Beograd - Vrsac was reconstructed a couple years ago and nobody thinks about that section now.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #4429
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Contract with Chinese has been signed this morning....

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Pre-contract with Chinese company for construction of parts of Corridor 11 signed

Belgrade, 27 Dec 2012 – The Serbian Ministry of Construction and Urban Planning signed today a pre-contract for the construction of parts of Corridor 11 from Obrenovac to Ub and from Lajkovac to Ljig with representatives of Shandong Hi-speed Group from China, and the value of this investment is $333 million.

The pre-contract was signed by Minister of Construction and Urban Planning Velimir Ilic, representative of Chinese company Shandong Hi-speed Group Liu Zhicheng and Director of Koridori Srbije company Dmitar Djurovic.

Ilic announced on this occasion that the final contract will be signed soon and that the construction works might start in March next year.

Noting that the construction of these two lanes, whose total length is around 50 kilometres, will be financed by a Chinese loan that has already been approved, with the interest rate of 2.5%, Ilic said that the maximum departure from the projected price will be 10%.

The share of the Chinese company in this project will be 51% and of Serbian companies 49%, while the total hire of Serbian labour force on this project will be around 70%, Ilic said and explained that the Chinese company will hire a part of our labour force.

The Minister specified that the preparation works will last three months and that the final deadline for the completion of the motorway from Obrenovac to Ub and from Lajkovac to Ljig is 38 months.


The construction of the motorway from Obrenovac to Preljina near Cacak is completely financially covered, Ilic underlined, adding that the motorway form Belgrade to Obrenovac will be built through public-private partnership.

According to Ilic, this investment is very important and the agreement with the Chinese company was assisted by the Embassy of China to Serbia, the Serbian government and the Office of the Serbian President.

Ambassador of China to Serbia Zhang Wanxue said that relations between Serbia and China have been very good over the past two years and that the new government of Serbia and Minister Ilic additionally improved this cooperation.

Representative of Shandong Hi-speed Group Liu Zhicheng recalled that this company built the longest sea bridge in the world, 42 kilometres long, which was opened in China in June 2011.

This bridge with 5,000 pillars connects the northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao. It cost over $1.5 billion and the works lasted around 4 years.


Pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place...green are sections financed and built by Azerbaijan, while blue will be Chinese-built:


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Old December 27th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #4430
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Another motorway-building agreement to be signed tomorrow, this time with China Road & Bridge Corporation (already employed on Belgrade's Zemun-Borca bridge) regarding construction of two motorways : so-called Morava Corridor, a connection between Corridors 10 & 11 via cities of Krusevac, Kraljevo and Cacak, as well as Novi Sad-Ruma, most urgently needed section of Banat expressway.

This is now close to ~200 kilometers of Serbian motorways that Chinese banks & companies have already committed themselves to.

Considering how much money they are prepared to sink into this, I'm sure we'll be able to get them interested in financing additional sections, those really expensive ones with loads of bridges & tunnels, from Cacak south towards Boljare and further, to Montenegro's port city of Bar.

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Kalanovic to sign pre-contract on construction of two motorways with Chinese company SRBC

Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government Verica Kalanovic will sign a pre-contract on the realisation of the project of construction of two regional motorways: Pojate–Preljina (Morava corridor) and Novi Sad–Ruma with a tunnel through Fruska Gora mountain, with Chinese company SRBC (China Road and Bridge Corporation) on 28 December at 10.30 at the government’s press room, Nemanjina 11.

A press conference will be held after the signing of the document.

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Old December 28th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #4431
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What is the width of motorway lanes in Serbia?
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #4432
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Hopefully these Chinese projects will work better than they did in Poland. Beware that some Chinese companies try to take advantage of the lax regulation they think exists in Poland and Serbia.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #4433
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What is the width of motorway lanes in Serbia?
3,75m and 2,7m for emergency lane
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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #4434
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Quite amazing...within just the last 24 hours, about 1 billion euros worth of motorway-building projects has been agreed upon with Chinese firms.

Yesterday, it was 333 million for construction of ~50km of Corridor 11 and today, 642 million for about ~140km of Morava Corridor (Pojate-Preljina) and Novi Sad - Ruma expressway.


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Pre-contract on construction of Morava corridor and Novi Sad-Ruma motorway signed

Belgrade, 28 Dec 2012 – Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government Verica Kalanovic signed today a pre-contract with Chinese company SRBC (China Road and Bridge Corporation) on the construction of two motorways in Serbia – Pojate–Preljina (Morava corridor) and Novi Sad–Ruma, with the total length of 140 kilometres and the value of works in the amount of €642 million.

The first is a motorway with six lanes from Pojate to Preljina, 109.6 kilometres long, on which works could start as early as March 2013, while the second is a motorway with four lanes from Novi Sad to Ruma, 27 kilometres long, with a tunnel through Fruska Gora mountain.

Kalanovic said that projects for Novi Sad-Ruma motorway will be finished in 2013.

She said that the works will be financed by Exim Bank of China under very favourable conditions – with a repayment deadline of 20 years, a 5-year grace period and with the maximum interest rate of 2.5%.

The Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government said that the deadline for the construction of Morava corridor is 4 years and for Novi Sad-Ruma motorway 30 months.

She said that the plan is that domestic companies participate in the realisation of the project with 45% and the average construction per kilometre will cost €4.72 million.

The Chinese company CRBC is already building a bridge in Belgrade between Zemun and Borca.



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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #4435
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It's quite likely that a third contract with our Chinese friends could follow soon, regarding construction of Sector C of Belgrade's motorway ring-road, from Bubanj Potok towards Pancevo (about ~22km) which includes a quite expensive road & rail Danube bridge.

The entire section woud cost close to half a billion euros.



Chinese have already pitched the project to Serbia's government and included their vision of what the bridge could look like:

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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #4436
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3,75m and 2,7m for emergency lane
Thank you very much.


Btw, I am really happy about Morava corridor.

Is it technically possible to connect Cacak, Sarajevo, Zenica, Banja Luka and Zagreb(A13) with a motorway? I understand it's not economically feasible at the moment.
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Interesting that they will build Čačak - Kragujevac - E75 with 2x3 lanes
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Quite impressive news from Serbia. I wasn`t aware of any plans to build the Morava corridor and this comes out of the blue. Is there a master plan for development of Serbian motorways, which is followed?
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Old December 28th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #4439
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Interesting that they will build Čačak - Kragujevac - E75 with 2x3 lanes
I think they count the emergency lanes as well. So:
six lanes = 2x2+2xe 120kmh
four lanes = 2x2 no emergency lanes 90kmh?
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Old December 28th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #4440
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Thank you very much.


Btw, I am really happy about Morava corridor.

Is it technically possible to connect Cacak, Sarajevo, Zenica, Banja Luka and Zagreb(A13) with a motorway? I understand it's not economically feasible at the moment.
It is technically possible, but also very expensive and not reasonable at the moment. There is an idea of 2x2 expressway from Morava corridor to Sarajevo, but Morava corridor is far future for itself.
In Serbia is priority to complete stretches to Bulgarian and Macedonian border on C-X and to complete Belgrade-Pozega motorway if possible. That's the reality.
Same situation is in your country-Trakia is will be finished next year, but they are talking of motorways to Vidin and Ruse, and nothing else is finished-Hemus, Struma, Crno More, Marica....
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