An official ceremony has taken place to mark the opening to traffic of the Rožaje – Špiljani road in Montenegro. The event counted on the participation of the Prime Minister, Mr. Milojko Spajić, the Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs, Mr. Filip Radulović, the Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Office in Montenegro, Mr. Remon Zakaria, the Director of the Transport Administration of Montenegro, Mr. Radomir Vuksanovic, and the President of the Municipality of Rožaje, Mr. Rahman Husović.

The project, which is located up to the border with the Republic of Serbia, involved the partial re-alignment and upgrading of a 20 km-long section of an existing two-laned road, which required widening with an additional lane at the border-crossing Dracenovac. It also included the reconstruction of 12 tunnels (approx. 1.7 km in total length) with drainage works and safety improvements.

The assignment is part of a wider program to reconstruct twelve sections (with a total length of 216 km) of Montenegro’s main road network, in which IRD Engineering was awarded with a contract financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and aimed at the provision of supervision services during the reconstruction and upgrade of three sections (with a total length of 51 km), including the newly inaugurated one. The ultimate objective is the enhancement of road connections between the main international airports and the country’s tourist destinations, as well as the facilitation of the flow of goods and tourists.

Mr. Milojko Spajić, Prime Minister of Montenegro, declared during the event: “The reconstruction of the road Rožaje – Špiljani will enable better connections between cities and will also improve the economic cooperation between Montenegro and Serbia. I believe that we can now count on a significantly higher flow of tourists and that this will have a great positive impact primarily on the economy of Rožaje, but also on the entire country’s.”

“I must emphasize that the work in this area will certainly not stop. With the assistance of the European Investment Bank, I hope that by the end of the year we will issue a tender for the reconstruction of the road from Berane to Rožaje”, declared the Director of the Transport Administration, Mr. Radomir Vuksanović.

IRD Engineering, which operates in Montenegro through a branch office, performed all the activities of the Engineer in accordance with FIDIC-MDB Harmonised Edition Conditions of Contract for Construction.

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