The reconstruction of the bridge on Đurđevića Tara will not happen before the end of the year

The revision of the main project for the reconstruction of the Đurđevića Tara bridge has been completed, and land expropriation is also necessary due to the construction of access roads.

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The People's Republic of China donated 7,05 million euros for the reconstruction of the magnificent bridge, Photo: Freepik
The People's Republic of China donated 7,05 million euros for the reconstruction of the magnificent bridge, Photo: Freepik
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The reconstruction of the bridge on Đurđevića Tara, which was supposed to start at the beginning of this year, has not started.

The final revision of the main project is currently in progress, while the tender for the contractor and the decision on the expropriation of the property, which is necessary due to the plan to reconstruct and build the access roads on both sides of the bridge, are pending.

The reconstruction of one of the most important tourist attractions in Montenegro will be done with a donation provided by the People's Republic of China.

The Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs did not specify for "Vijesti" when the tender will be announced and when the works can begin, but they pointed out that the intention of Montenegro and China is to complete the entire procedure as soon as possible, so that work on the reconstruction of the bridge can begin by the end of the year. .

In 2018, the governments of Montenegro and China signed an agreement regarding the reconstruction of the Đurđevića Tara bridge, and the legal basis for the start of the project's implementation is the conclusion of the contract on the donation of money, which was signed in December 2020. The contract has the character of an intergovernmental agreement between two governments. It defines that China will choose the contractor, and that country will donate 7,05 million for the reconstruction.

"The revision of the main reconstruction project of the Đurđevića Tara bridge has been completed. In accordance with the signed agreement on the donation of funds for the implementation of the reconstruction project of the bridge on the Tara River in Montenegro with the support of China, the tendering process and the selection of contractors are carried out by the Agency for International Economic Cooperation of the People's Republic of China. In this regard, when certain internal procedures are completed, the invitation in question will be announced and after that the contractor will be selected. The intention of both countries is to complete the entire procedure as soon as possible so that work on the reconstruction of the bridge can begin by the end of the year," said the Ministry of Transport.

It is estimated that the reconstruction would last up to a year and a half.

"The preparation of the Expropriation Decision is in progress, which will define the number, area and ownership of plots that will be subject to expropriation. The amount of fees for expropriation and the total required funds will be known when the assessment of the land in question is carried out, and everything is in accordance with the Law on Expropriation", said the Ministry.

To the question of "Vijesti" whether this department in the new Government had meetings with representatives of China and what was the result of those meetings, the answer was that the Ministry continuously holds meetings regarding the realization of this project, but also in connection with other issues of importance for the improvement of the economic cooperation between the two countries.

According to data from the Government, which were previously reported to "Vijesta", the contracted value of works from the state budget for this project is around 148.000 euros.

The Agency for the Protection of Competition (AZK) previously assessed that the money that the state will allocate from the capital budget for the reconstruction project of the Đurđevića Tara bridge does not constitute state aid, because that money will be spent according to the procedure provided by the Law on Public Procurement.

The last reconstruction of the bridge was done in 1986, when the defects and damages that threatened the concrete construction of the bridge were removed.

The Tara bridge is 366 meters long and seven meters wide. It is built of reinforced concrete.

The solution for the bridge was chosen on the basis of an international competition announced by the Ministry of Construction of the then Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1937. The professor's solution was chosen Mijat Trojanović.

The bridge was built from 1938 to 1940. The contractor was the company "Antunović" from Belgrade.

At the suggestion of Professor Trojanović, the scaffolding project was entrusted to a well-known Swiss expert.

The height of the bridge over the canyon is about 150 meters.

The Tara Bridge is a unique example of regional architectural heritage. It represents a unique example of creativity of its time and has significant architectural, environmental and cultural values.

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