To mark the start of CONNECTA’s sub-project ‘Technical Assistance for preparatory studies for Project: Motorway on Corridor Vc – from Interchange Johovac to Interchange Vukosavlje’, the kick-off meeting attended by the Bosnian beneficiary – JP Autoputevi Republike Srpske, the European Investment Bank and CONNECTA team was held on May 12 in a hybrid mode – with onsite participation in Banja Luka and via videoconference.
Currently the biggest construction project in the country (the route is over 325 km), the development of Corridor Vc is a strategic priority for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The motorway network, which is being built in accordance with modern transport infrastructure standards, will improve road safety, increase access to tourism centres and industrial areas in BiH and create greater opportunities for trade flows with the European Union and the region.
The scope of CONNECTA technical assistance is to carry out the preparatory studies and to undertake preparation of tender documentation for procurement of works for the subsection of the motorway located in Republika Srpska, which runs from its entity border with the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the north (Interchange Vukosavlje), to the entity border in the south (Interchange Johovac).
The objective of the assignment is to
- Update the engineering design and related cost estimate and prepare the necessary tender documentation to ensure that the project can be contracted effectively and efficiently;
- Reconfirm the feasibility of the selected technical solution;
- Fill in any gaps in the safeguard documentation to ensure the project’s compliance with national and EIB standards; and
- Perform a road safety audit on the design.
The Corridor Vc project in BiH is a priority investment Flagship 2 ‘Connecting North to South’, as identified in the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans adopted by the European Commission. So far, the European Union has allocated more than €220 million in grants under the Connectivity Agenda for the construction of 12 motorway subsections in the country.
Additional information on the assignment can be obtained by contacting Chris Germanacos, CONNECTA Team Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org .