The construction of the fast road Pozarevac-Veliko Gradiste-Golubac (Danube corridor), 67.9 kilometers long, started today, and the works will cost 337 million euros.
The main contractor is the Chinese state-owned company Shandong Hi Speed Group, and the subcontractors will be Serbian companies.
It is planned that the first of the three sections will be completed by the end of 2023, and the entire road by November 2024.
There will be more than 20 bridges and overpasses on the route of the road, including the new bridge over Velika Morava.
The beginning of the works was attended by the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Tomislav Momirović, the Director of the Corridor of Serbia Aleksandar Antić, the Ambassador of China Chen Bo and representatives of the Shandong Company.
Vučić said that the beginning of the construction of the Danube Corridor is one of the most important events for the Braničevo District, which is one of the largest and most beautiful in Serbia.
“For decades, we have not paid enough attention to Pozarevac and all surrounding municipalities, and that is changing now,” said Vucic, announcing that two branches of the fast road from Golubac to Brza Palanka and to Kladovo and further to Negotin would be built, so that eastern Serbia would be connected with Belgrade and Novi Sad.
As he pointed out, the construction and renovation of infrastructure in that part of Serbia creates better conditions for attracting significant investors, but also the arrival of a larger number of tourists.
“We are ensuring the survival of eastern Serbia, and this is an opportunity to invite people from abroad to think about returning to their country,” Vucic said.
He thanked Shandong for offering more than a solid price for the works on the Danube corridor.
Shandong CEO Meng Jan said that the company participates in significant infrastructure projects in Serbia. He pointed out that it thus contributes to the renewal of the Serbian economy and the strengthening of cooperation between China and Serbia.
He reminded that the company operates in more than 100 countries, and in Serbia it built roads from Obrenovac to Ljig and from Iverko to Lajkovac, built the Chinese Cultural Center in Belgrade and built garages in the Serbian capital.