European Union rehabilitates three landslides in Mionica

European Union rehabilitates three landslides in Mionica

Mionica, 20 June 2017 – The rehabilitation of three landslides on the IIa state road, which connects Mionica and Divčibare, will be completed by the end of June 2017 with the support of the European Union (EU), through the EU Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia Programme.

The works worth 200,000 Euros started in October 2016 and encompass the construction of supporting and gabion walls which will, together with drainage channels, protect the road in case of heavy rainfalls and increased level of underground waters. Following the completion of remediation, soil pressure will be decreased, and road slope stabilised and protected from erosion, which will contribute to reducing the risk of landslide appearance in the Municipality of Mionica.

„Thanks to the EU funds, we will succeed in providing longterm solution for the landslides, so further investments will not be needed in the near future. After the completion of the works, vehicles will move without any traffic disruptions and road safety will be on required level,“ said Mile Zlatković, the Public Enterprise Roads of Serbia (PERS) Main Engineer for Landslides and Supporting Structures.

The landslides were activated after the heavy rains in May 2014, when they endangered road safety, water supply and several housing objects. Thanks to the reaction of the PERS, damage was temporarily repaired and alternate traffic movement was enabled.

The remediation of landslides is performed within the project of the reconstruction of flood affected road structures, implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and funded by the EU with 10.49 million Euros, with an aim of improving the flood protection system. By the end of 2017, 44 landslides will be rehabilitated, nine bridges reconstructed and five constructed. The EU has provided 162 million Euros for flood relief efforts and strengthening of flood preventive infrastructure through the pre-accession funds IPA 2012, IPA 2014 and the Solidarity Fund.

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