''We are a Commission that builds bridges – literally. This project genuinely embodies our commitment to removing barriers, uniting territories and bringing people together. I know how much this bridge is awaited by the Croatian people and I am glad that the EU, with its funds, can be part of this new chapter in the history of the country'', commented Corina Cretu, the EU Commissioner for Regional policy in Brussels on the 7th of June.
The EU Commission decided to allocate 357 million Euros of Cohesion Policy funds to Croatia to build a bridge that will connect the southernmost part of the country and Dubrovnik to the rest of the mainland Croatia.
On this occasion, Gabrijela Zalac, the Croatian Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds signed an agreement with the EU Commission on accepting co-financing of the Peljesac Bridge.
The construction of the Peljesac bridge, for which the EU will contribute 85 percent of the cost, will significantly improve the everyday life of Croatians, through reducing the travel time between Dubrovnik and Split. It will also greatly benefit tourism, trade and will reinforce the territorial cohesion of the South Dalmatia region with the other part of the country.
The new bridge will connect the Dubrovnik–Neretva County to the rest of the country, by crossing the Mali Ston Bay over the Adriatic Sea. This will enable an undisturbed flow of goods and people, especially during the high tourist season.
The Peljesac bridge will be 55 metres high and 2.4 kilometres long, with four lanes. The EU is also funding supporting infrastructure, such as the construction of access roads, including tunnels, bridges and viaducts, the building of an 8km-long bypass near the town of Ston and upgrading works on the existing road D414.