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Serbia: end in sight for finishing southern part of Corridor 10

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Serbia’s minister of construction and infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, said that the southern part of the Corridor 10 motorway is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Speaking to the Beta news agency, she also said that work on the Corridor 11 motorway, on the Ub-Lajkovac section, is being carried out in cooperation with Chinese partner company Shang Dong.

The government has also signed an agreement for construction of the Surcin-Obrenovac part of the Corridor 11. Ongoing talks between Serbia’s ministry of finance and China’s Exim Bank should put financing in place by the end of this year.

Mihajlovic said that projects worth nearly €6 billion are underway. Corridor 10, towards Bulgaria and Macedonia, is one of the higher priority projects as well as the motorway towards the Montenegrin border on Corridor 11. Contracts include rehabilitation of around 1,100km of regional roads. The minister noted that Serbia aims to be on the World Bank’s Top 20 Doing Business list.

Meanwhile, Zoran Drobnjak, director of the Serbian national roads company Putevi Srbije, said that he had order an investigation into the quality of the Zapadna Morava River Bridge Project. Work has been going on for around 40 years. According to a report by the online news website B92, Drobnjak said that there are questions over the amount of cement used by the sub-contracting companies Kes International from Hungary and Serbia’s Vest Gradnja.