Serbian infrastructure minister Zorana Mihajlovic said the project documentation for the Serbian section of the Nis-Merdare-Pristina motorway will be ready by the end of 2017.
The construction of the motorway will improve the connections within the region and will contribute to its stability, Mihajlovic told news agency Tanjug, as quoted in a statement by the Serbian government on Wednesday.
The construction of the Nis-Merdare-Pristina motorway was proposed by prime minister Aleksandar Vucic as part of the Berlin Process diplomatic initiative, which aims the improvement of the cooperation between Western Balkan countries, Mihajlovic said.
The construction of the 77 km-long motorway, which is part of a project stretching to Albanian capital Tirana and the Adriatic port of Durres, is funded by the European Fund for the Balkans.
In September, Mihajlovic said the Nis-Merdare-Pristina motorway, connecting southern Serbia with Kosovo, is planned to be completed by 2020.