news 24 Dec 12

Bosnia Signs Deal on Highway Construction

Bosniak-Croat Federation has signed an agreement with Turkey's Cengiz Insaat to build another 10 kilometres of highway worth around 180 million euro.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

The director of the Federation entity's highways company, Ensar Karic, and the director of the Cengiz Insaat company, Kemal Unluer, have signed an agreement for the Turkish company to build 10 kilometres of highway from Vlakovo to Lepenica, which is on the way from Sarajevo to Mostar.

The agreement is worth around 350 million KM [180 million euro], Karic said.

Cengiz Insaat signed agreements with seven Bosnian companies which are to assist in construction as partners conducting work worth around 100 million euro.

The company is already involved in construction on the Bosnian highway on another section from Sarajevo to Mostar.

“We want to assure jobs for Bosnian workers and include local companies in the construction works,” Unluer said, while the Federation entity premier, Nermin Niksic, added that up to 3,000 workers would have jobs there.

At the end of both sections that the Turkish company is working on, by September 2014 a total of 20 kilometres of highway from Sarajevo to the south will be in use.

  Plan of Corridor 5c trough Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia has some 50 kilometres of highway from Sarajevo to the north on the way to Zenica, which forms part of the planned Corridor 5c. Construction of a tunnel at Vijenac, further to the north, is ongoing.

Highway construction on Corridor 5 started in 1998. The aim is to connect the Bosnia's 5c to Corridor 5, which runs from Venice through Trieste, Ljubljana, Budapest and to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

In Bosnia's other entity, Republika Srpska, the highway from Banja Luka, the biggest town in the northwest of Bosnia, extends for around 30 kilometres to Gradiska near the border with Croatia.

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