Verige bridge

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Verige bridge
Carries 4-lane motorway and two pedestrian sidewalks.
Crosses Bay of Kotor
Locale Montenegro
Design Cable-stayed bridge
Total length 981 metres
Width 22.91 metres
Longest span 450 metres

The Verige bridge (Serbian: Most Verige) is a planned bridge in Montenegro that would span the Bay of Kotor, crossing the Verige Strait at the Bay's entrance, after which it is named. It will be part of the Adriatic Highway (Jadranska Magistrala). As of 2007, the planning stage of the bridge is completed, and construction of the bridge can begin upon the providing of the financial means. The project is estimated to cost 48.5 million US dollars.[1] Because the Kotor Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, UNESCO has had some concerns regarding this project.[2]

Following recommendation by World Heritage Committee the Government of Montenegro is expected to consider alternative ways of linking the bays. In particular, a tunnel passage is reported as considered solution:

In the upcoming period, the Government is expected to determine the best way of passage through the Bay of Kotor, whether with a bridge or a tunnel, taking into account the recommendations and suggestions of UNESCO Mission, the Parliament conclusion and the decision of municipalities in the Bay of Kotor. After that, the optimal passage solution will be adopted, the one which will exalt best both the development and touristic potential of the state of Montenegro and the interest of its citizens, as well as the aspects of the protection of the World Heritage area of Kotor.

— Branislav Micunovic[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Construction of the "Verige" bridge over the Bay of Kotor, Agency of Montenegro for Economic Restructuring and Foreign Investments, archived from the original on 2004-12-05, retrieved 2014-12-14 
  2. ^ World Heritage Committee Decision 29COM 7B.84, UNESCO World Heritage Center, 2005-09-09, retrieved 2014-04-12 
  3. ^ Micunovic, Branislav (2014-01-29), Progress Report: 2012 and 2013 (PDF), National Commission of Montenegro for UNESCO, p. 6, retrieved 2014-04-12 

Coordinates: 42°28′40″N 18°41′16″E / 42.47778°N 18.68778°E / 42.47778; 18.68778