Thursday, 12. December 2013 - 00:12
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The Adriatic Group, together with Croatian architect firm Lotus Architects have released more details of what they say is the optimal solution to the challenge of connecting the southern Dalmatian peninsula of Peljesac with the mainland.
The Marko Polo floating bridge they say will fulfill requirements for territorial integrity before Croatia's accession to the EU, in a way that is consistent with the vision, mission and goals of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county and the Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.
The floating bridge will be the longest of its kind in Europe and will take just 3 minutes to cross. The daily capacity will be 42,000 vehicles, which is three times more than the current peak season traffic between the Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina borders.
The average toll charge for the bridge for one vehcile and one person will be 5 Euros plus tax, with no technical restrictions to the mass, size or type of vehicle. All freight and passenger vehicles will be able to travel freely across the bridge.
Marko Polo floating bridge would be completed by June 2013 at a cost of 36 million Euros, and will open up at least 100 new jobs in the building process and make 9 million Euros in revenue from VAT in the following 10 months. To manage the bridge itself, at least 20 full-time workers would be employed, with the government earning approximately 2 million Euros a year from VAT collected from the bridge.
When comparing the bridge with current solutions such as the proposed ferry crossing, the capacity of the ferry would be 50 per cent less than the floating bridge, take 6,7 times longer to cross and would cost two and a half times more. The floating bridge would also have no negative effects on the enviroment.
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