After rehabilitating the landslide, the European Union is rebuilding the Požega bridge

After rehabilitating the landslide, the European Union is rebuilding the Požega bridge

Požega, 7 July 2017 – The Deputy President of the Municipality of Požega, Vladan Kovačević, and representatives of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) visited the works on the bridge over the River Dobrinjska along the II B category state road connecting the municipalities of Požega and Kosjerić. The European Union has allocated EUR 74,000 from the EU Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia Programme for the reconstruction of a 95-meter-long bridge, which was at risk of collapsing after the May 2014 floods.

The works on the bridge began in November 2016 and they include the rehabilitation of the concrete structure of the bridge and abutments, the placing of a new layer of concrete, the replacement of the bearing and riverbed dredging. The full-scale reconstruction of the bridge will facilitate the elimination of the consequences of the flooding, as well as improved safety of pedestrians, who will soon be able to cross the bridge unimpededly owing to the newly built pedestrian walkways. The reconstruction of the bridge will be completed in August 2017.

"The bridge is reconstructed thanks to the European Union grant, as part of the project supported by the EU assistance for the rehabilitation of road infrastructure after the floods, worth EUR 10.5 million," said project manager Bojan Kovačević, while underscoring that the works were well advanced and at their final stage.

The works on the bridge are performed under the project implemented by UNOPS in 23 local self-governments, in which 44 landslides will be rehabilitated, nine bridges reconstructed and five bridges built, with a view to reconstructing and improving preventive infrastructure. In Požega, as one of the project municipalities, the landslide rehabilitation was also completed in May 2017, worth in total EUR 67,000. By building gabion walls and drainage canals and by stabilising the slope, the risk of emergence of a new landslide near the Čestobrodica settlement, on the II A category state road connecting Požega and Gornji Milanovac, has been reduced.

  "The European Union's assistance in the rehabilitation of the bridge and the landslide means a lot to the population of Požega, because we had serious problems with torrential floods. Such interventions constitute one of the forms of excellent cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the European Union, especially bearing in mind that Serbia is on its path towards the European Union and has aspirations to become its member," said Vladan Kovačević, Deputy President of Požega Municipality, and thanked the European Union and UNOPS for their support.

The European Union provided the highest level of assistance to Serbia in the reconstruction and elimination of consequences of floods, and for the reinforcement of flood-prevention infrastructure, amounting to 162 million Euros, from IPA 2012 and IPA 2014, and through the Solidarity Fund of the European Union.

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