Bouygues subsidiary chosen for Croatia’s motorway project

WCN Editorial Team 11 Jan 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has won a €167.1m contract from concession company Bina Istra for widening a 28.1km stretch of the Istria Motorway to four lanes, on a peninsula in north-western Croatia.

Construction of the 209km of the motorway in Istria, Croatia, is taken up under the terms of a 32-year concession contract.

The Istrian Y Motorway project, taken up by the Croatian Ministry of Public Works, is part of a project for development of tourism and enhanced European integration for the Republic of Croatia.

The idea behind the public-private partnership (PPP) financing of the project is that the road infrastructure is paid for by the road user and no longer by the taxpayer.

Bouygues Travaux Publics CEO Jean-Philippe Trin said: “We are proud that our customer has entrusted us with the construction of the fourth phase of the Istria Motorway, following phases 1A, 1B and 2A.

“This contract underlines recognition of Bouygues Travaux Publics’ expertise in motorway construction projects, not only in France but also in other countries.”

The new phase of the project will be taken up under the fifth amendment to the concession contract signed in September 1995 between Bina Istra, of which Bouygues Travaux Publics is a shareholder, and the Republic of Croatia.

Bouygues Travaux Publics is responsible for phase 2B1, under which the stretch between Rogovići, in the west of the peninsula, and Vranja, in the east, will be upgraded to a four-lane dual carriageway toll road.

Work on the first 11.6km section, between Rogovići and Cerovlje, began in November 2018 and is due to be completed in November 2020.

Work on the 16.5km section from Cerovlje to Vranja, along with the construction of a rest area, will begin in November 2019, with handover set for November 2021.

The new stretch of the Istria Motorway will also include the construction of 11 viaducts.

After the completion of the project, the upgraded stretch of the Istria Motorway will provide a better service to Croatian users as well as the tourists who visit the country each year.

The Istrian Y Motorway project includes financing, design, construction and operation of the 145km motorway linking the Slovenian border with the cities of Pula and Rijeka on the Istrian peninsula in Western Croatia.

It also includes refurbishment of the 54km section along with the Učka Tunnel.

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Image: Bouygues subsidiary chosen for Croatia’s motorway project. Photo: Courtesy of Jesse Collins on Unsplash.

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