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Old February 2nd, 2016, 04:05 PM   #821
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Any idea whether border crossing on Murino - Čakor - Peć road is currently open, or not? I have read many articles about it, but all of them are slightly outdated. And basically, they are rather related to unknown future, as
this one or that one.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 06:42 PM   #822
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It's still closed. That's because of a territory dispute between Kosovo and Montenegro in that border region. Therefore the border is closed there since 1999.

A settlement of that conflict was achieved in Vienna in last fall, but the Kosovorian parliament has yet to confirm it. I don't know about Montenegro but afaik just Kosovo has to move on.

As soon as the agreement is ratified, it's very likely that a border crossing will be opened fast. The road is mostly ready, there's just a lack of border crossing infrastructure. But it should be made quickly possible to solve that. At least both parties want to open the border...
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Old March 10th, 2016, 07:41 AM   #823
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Finally some news...

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Croatian Company Signs Contract for Major Construction Project in Montenegro
By Vedran Pavlic, 09 Mar 2016, 09:28 AM Business


Croatian construction company Skladgradnja, led by its directors Slaven Žužul and Jozo Žužul, signed a major contract yesterday in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. The deal involves the construction works on the Smokovac-Uvac-Mateševo segment of the Bar-Boljare motorway, a major road which will connect the northern and southern parts of Montenegro. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of Chinese investors, as well as by the Croatian Ambassador in Montenegro Ivana Perić, reports Poslovni.hr on March 9, 2016.

Choosing between many strong contenders, the Chinese company (China Road and Bridge Corporation) has decided to award the contract to Skladgradnja. The two companies will now jointly implement this major project for Montenegro. The 34,500,000 euros worth contract includes the construction of bridges, tunnels, several underpasses, retaining walls, and the road works.

Skladgradnja director Slaven Žužul said in a statement that his company was excited to work with the Chinese partner company. "I would like to thank China Road and Bridge Corporation for choosing us and for believing in us. We are happy we got the opportunity to work with such an important Chinese company. I believe this is the beginning of a successful cooperation, and not just on this project, but also on the future projects which will be implemented by CRBNC, which is achieving excellent results with its 50,000 employees and its global business network", Žužul said.

He added the works will start in about a month. "Our plan is to hire more than 200 people. Works on the first section will last more than two years", he noted.

Skladgradnja is one of Croatia's major companies in the area of construction and building. It has been involved in many important infrastructure projects around the country, including the construction of the connection road between the Ploče Port and the city of Ploče and the construction of the flood protection system in Metković.

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/b...-in-montenegro

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Old March 13th, 2016, 03:52 AM   #824
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OT: Here you see just how crucial the Belgrade-Bar motorway is ... so Serbian weapons exports to far-flung places won't to travel through the narrow Podgorica streets on their way to port






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Old March 13th, 2016, 07:33 AM   #825
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For Myanmar?

Edit: Saw on the Serbian forum that they are for Bangladesh.
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Old March 13th, 2016, 01:19 PM   #826
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Finally some news...

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He added the works will start in about a month. "Our plan is to hire more than 200 people. Works on the first section will last more than two years", he noted.
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The news is quite strange because it was reported that the contract for design and build was signed in February 2014 and it was annouced that construction works of this section began in May 2015 (source).

Afterwards, it was reported that main works should begin in late September 2015:

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Chinese CRBC picks local sub-contractor for motorway project:
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It is most likely that main works will begin by the end of September.
It was reported in early January that the construction work progress is fine:

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Intensive construction of highway in Montenegro - 18 tunnels and 13 bridges at the first section towards Serbia
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As stated, so far, more than 80% access roads for highway sites have been completed and works on the construction of four tunnels at Podgorica – Matesevo section have started.
I guess the latest news is just about a sub contract.
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Old March 13th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #827
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Well, of course. It's a billion euro contract, so you will see more of these sub-contracts with local & regional firms.

There was a winter pause, machines had to be brought in from China. They built a worker camp and some initial groundwork has been done. Now that spring has come, real job begins.
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Old March 13th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #828
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I thought that the construction of the 2nd section will begin. I was a little bit disappointed when I realized that the report is about the section which is already u/c.

There are 5 additional sections. Is there any info when the 2nd section will be tendered? After the completion of the 1st section in 2019 (at the earliest)? Which section should be the next one?
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Old March 13th, 2016, 07:16 PM   #829
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We're a small country - one step at a time
Even this single section is a huge strain on our budget.
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Old March 13th, 2016, 07:45 PM   #830
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Of course, but it's a 800 million € deal and it must be repaid within 20 years. If each section would take 4-5 years, the last section will not be u/c when the last money must be repaid...

How much is the first section? The contract with the Croatian company is about 34 million €. Is it calculated that the entire motorway (6 sections) should be funded by the 800 million € loan? I guess the money is usually to be transferred at the beginning of the contract period, isn't it?

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Oct 30 (Reuters) - Montenegro and China's Exim Bank have signed an 800 million euro ($1 billion) deal to finance a stretch of highway linking the port of Bar with Serbia, despite opposition to the deal from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which said it threatened fiscal stability.

Exim Bank will provide a loan for 85 percent of the total with a six-year grace period and repayment of 20 years. Montenegro's government will secure the remaining 15 percent.

The government had in late February sealed an agreement with China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC), part of China Communications Construction Co, to build the 40 kilometre (25 mile) section of the 120 kilometre highway.

But a week later, the World Bank withdrew a $50 million budget support loan to Montenegro, saying the highway deal would add to an already high debt level of 58 percent of national output. The International Monetary Fund warned the deal threatens fiscal stability.

(1 US dollar = 0.7922 euro) (Reporting by Petar Komnenic; Writing by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by David Holmes)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0SP4BI20141030
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Old March 14th, 2016, 12:20 AM   #831
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The last section is not that urgent as long as there is nothing built in Serbia. Podgorica - Matesevo is the crucial part for Montenegro and will be a huge step forward.
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Old April 11th, 2016, 12:03 AM   #832
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Jaguar filmed a commercial in Montenegro...on the road leading up to my village

So, now you can see why I've never really been that impressed by some of those Swiss Alpine roads and such.



If you're ever in the area, drop by for our specialty ...

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Old May 2nd, 2016, 12:24 AM   #833
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Things are starting to move forward slowly ...

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Friday, 29 April, 2016 - 18:50 Source: MINA-business
Vjeternik tunnel permit granted

The Ministry of Sustainable Development issued the construction permit for the Vjeternik tunnel and the Ministry of Transport awaits the permit for the Moracica Bridge, it recently requested.
Permit granted

The two structures are the most demanding, not only on the Somokovac – Matesevo section, but within the entire Bar – Boljare highway.

The Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs submitted a request for issuing the construction permit for the Vjeternik tunnel on Monday, Pobjeda newspaper carried.

Works will include the construction of separate tubes running in opposite directions with a passageway interconnecting the two for rescue purposes.

Construction will be carried out according to plans by the lead project designer, Ting Ji Peng, and by the Chinese company CRBC, the Podgorica firm, Geo Maks Group, and the Pljevja-based Putin.

Most Moracica should be 970 meters long and 24 meters wide, with two pedestrian walkways and four metres space between them. On the right bank of the Moraca river, it will reach the level of the railway Bar – Beograd in the hills of Bratonozici and it will have five pillars the height of which will reach 180 meters.

The priority highway section is challenging because there is a climb at its 41st kilometre, which begins at 63 meters above sea level in Smokovac and ends at 1,100 meters above sea level in Matesevo.

There will be 18 tunnels with a total length of 17 kilometres, 13 3km long bridges, five 470 metre long viaducts and four loops – at Pelev hill, Smokovac, Verusa and Matesevo.

Estimated speed on this highway section is 100 km/h, travel time between Podgorica and Kolasin is shortened to 25 minutes.

The priority section Smokovac –Matesevo is to be completed by May 2019. As estimated, it will cost €809m, 85% of which has been provided by the loan taken out from the Chinese Exim Bank, with a payback period of 20 years and 2% interest rate.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 07:59 PM   #834
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Highway Bar-Boljare: Inadequate geodetic survey slowing down the construction

Construction on the 4th section of the highway, from Uvač to Mateševo, has been slowed down due inadequate geodetic surface and land composition.

It is clear that demanding facilities such as highway infrastructure can not be easily built upon inadequate geodetic surfaces.

Representative of the main constructor on the highway, Chinese CRBC, told Pobjeda that almost a half of the section from Uvač to Jabuka has inadequate land composition.

"Geodetic surveys done so far are different than those we had originally conceived. The reason probably lies in the fact that the project was done based on airplane recordings that could have shown a different information due to vegetation”, they said in CRBC.

If the work was started with original geodetic plans, numerous complications would occur.

"One of them would be tunnel “swimming up” due to risky surface. In order to avoid this, our project team is working on new solutions“, they said in the company.

Part of the highway was planned on insufficient geodetic data, and this part of the project should now be updated.

"We are changing the route to go over the land that has different and more favorable construction characteristics”, they said in CRBC.

Complete expropriation is now in the hands of the Chinese company, and is also funded by them. The route is changing, and geological surveys are being done.

The company expects to get the first permit for the tunnel on Jabuka. As soon as geological surveys are done and they get the permits, they will start the construction.

Preparations are finalized, especially for the 4th section. 43 kilometers of approach routes were built, 60 kilometers of power lines, 32 stations.

Jabuka camp is the biggest out of four camps built in preparation for accommodation of workers.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 08:22 PM   #835
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Further south, Google Earth shows some new developments near Podgorica. They built two work camps and they did some preparatory work near a locality known as Gornje Mrke. They also built two zig-zag roads up the mountains on either side of the Morača River.
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Old July 7th, 2016, 08:00 AM   #836
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Interesting....

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Azerbaijan offers loan for bridge construction to Montenegro
6 July 2016 11:04 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 6

By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:

Azerbaijan has offered Montenegro a loan worth 175 million euros to finance the construction of a bridge over the Verige Strait in exchange for the release of the Azerbaijani business from taxes and customs duties in this country, Montenegrin media reported.

The report says that the Azerbaijani government is ready to provide the loan to Montenegro at a rate of three percent with a repayment period of 15 years and a grace period of five years to build a bridge over the Verige Strait in the bay of Kotor.

Montenegro’s Ministry of Finance said that it supports the strengthening of economic cooperation with Azerbaijan, but the exemption from taxes and customs duties requested by the Azerbaijani side, are not completely acceptable.

“The level of exemption should be determined during negotiations, but not to a greater extent than is provided by the agreements with the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank,” says the ministry.

Exemption from customs duties, excise duties and taxes carries potential risks for several reasons, explained the ministry adding that this practice could jeopardize the stability of the country’s tax system.

Currently, Azerbaijan is implementing the Portonovi resort project in Montenegro. Portonovi resort is one of the largest projects in the territory of Montenegro. The complex will have a hotel, a spa, a port for super-yachts, residences, villas and houses, shops and restaurants. The resort is expected to be commissioned in 2017-2018. The project cost exceeds $ 500 million.

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Old July 7th, 2016, 08:15 AM   #837
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While I doubt this particular deal will come to fruition - not only is the country already way too much in debt, but also the owners of the currently in place ferry service are tight with the right people in government - this is something that we in Boka Kotor Bay have been dreaming about for decades. I actually remember my grandfather talking about this bridge when I was just six.

Hopefully, just as Russians in Crimea are finally getting their long-delayed link with Krasnodarski Krai, we will also get our turn.
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Old July 7th, 2016, 10:18 AM   #838
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Yeah, that dream really should come true. It's not that wide, we have many bridges over rivers in Europe which are longer...

I think they will figure something out somehow
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Old July 25th, 2016, 05:57 PM   #839
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Hello!

I'm planning a drive through Montenegro and so far, I couldn't find a solid source for this question: which is the scenic Tara river canyon road?? Is it worth the detour from an otherwise direct route from Zablijac (after seeing the landmark bridge) towards Budva, via Niksic and Podgorita? If I understand correctly, the road goes toward Mojkovac, after that we have to use the (as I imagine) congested and winding route to Podgorita?

Any help is deeply apreciated!
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Old July 25th, 2016, 07:06 PM   #840
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Almost every road in Montenegro is scenic

Na, if you have time, take the road you described. It's not that congested, at least not on weekend.

https://goo.gl/maps/EzvBEEbLemA2

It's about 1 hour more than the direct one. But the direct one is also very scenic. You have to choose
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