European Union reconstrucing the bridge on the Dobrava in Šabac
Šabac, 8 September 2017 – The reconstruction of the bridge over the river Dobrava along the I B state road between Šabac and Požega, which began in March 2017, will be completed in mid-September this year. The European Union has allocated 183,000 Euros for the reconstruction of the bridge which, after the May 2014 floods, was in danger of collapsing due to the high level of the Dobrava river that had flooded the surrounding land and the road.
„The structure of the bridge on the Dobrava will be repaired and secured with new reinforcement layers, which will ensure full stability of the structure. Thus, the possible damage from floods in the future will be reduced to a minimum owing to the regulation of the Dobrava riverbed on a 100 meters long stretch," said Radomir Božić, a member of the supervisory team.
The reconstruction of the 36-meter long bridge includes the rehabilitation of bridge girders and bearing pads, the placing of a new layer of concrete to form a composite construction with the existing bridge structure, waterproofing, asphalt paving and mounting of a safety fence for traffic, as well as regulation of the riverbed and the embankment. The consequences of the floods will be fully repaired, and the newly built walkways and railings will allow safe crossing of pedestrians over the bridge.
In July 2017, the reconstruction of the bridge over the river Dumača also started in Šabac, and its completion is planned for end-September this year. The total value of the works financed by the EU is 125,000 Euros.
The works on the bridges are performed as part of the project for the reconstruction of road structures damaged by the floods, which is implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in 23 local self-governments, and for which the European Union has allocated 10.49 million Euros. So far, the rehabilitation of 44 landslides and the reconstruction of seven bridges have been completed, while another two bridges will be reconstructed, and five new ones built, by the end of the project.
The European Union has provided the highest amount of assistance to Serbia in the reconstruction and elimination of consequences of the floods and reinforcement of preventive infrastructure, worth 162 million Euros through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance funds IPA 2012 and 2014, and the European Union Solidarity Fund.