Highway spurs hope of growth for Medjugorje
A new piece of highway will connect Medjugorje to the European route E73 by the end of 2013, making for easy access to the Croatian border and the Adriatic coast. Funding, permits and expropriations are in place, work beginning in early 2012. Prime Minister expects “opportunities for accelerated growth for Medjugorje”.
In just a few months work will begin on the most substantial improvement of the infrastructure around Medjugorje since the village first got asphalt on the roads.
With a new 4 kilometres highway Medjugorje will be directly connected to the Croatian border crossing at Bijaca, and to the Croatian highway and the Adriatic coast. Medjugorje will be tied to the European Class A route E 73 that connects Hungary to Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. The road spans the entire Bosnia and Hercegovina from its northern to its southern border with Croatia.
All funding, permits, expropriations and bank guarantees are in place for the highway section, officials said when representatives of the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina and a Sarajevo-based two-company consortium signed the contract earlier this month.
The better road connections will accelerate Medjugorje’s growth, said Nermin Niksic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina, one of the two political entities that make up the country of Bosnia and Hercegovina, the other one being Republika Srpska:
“The importance of this section is certainly the fact that Medjugorje will get a solid connection to the Adriatic coast and opportunities for accelerated growth”, the Prime Minister said when the contract was signed.
“This project represents a very serious boost to the economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Niksic added according to the Bosnian newspaper Otvoreno.
The price of the project is 23,3 million Bosnian Marks (18 million dollar). It is financed through loans from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.