The Asphalt Pavement of North-South Expressway Project in Montenegro CompletedDate: 11/24/2021
On November 21, the asphalt pavement of the main line of North-South Expressway Project in Montenegro was successfully completed. Bao Shunqing, Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Montenegro, visited the construction site to witness the event in person.
The North-South Expressway Project has paved a total of about 350,000 tons of asphalt concrete, and the cumulative length of a single layer is about 240 kilometers. It is the first expressway project in the history of Montenegro that uses modified asphalt and SMA wearing layers. In 2021, the project entered the final sprint stage. In order to ensure the high-quality performance of the project, the Branch and the General Manager of the project planned ahead of schedule,deployed in advance, designated special personnel for daily organization and coordination, and formulated a series of safeguard measures such as resource allocation, material supply, and construction interface. They have overcome the difficulties of construction technology and specification differences, shortage of materials and difficulty in entering the site during the tight construction schedule. Through the concerted efforts of all parties, the smooth completion of the asphalt pavement on the entire line was ensured.
The North-South Expressway Project is the first expressway in the history of Montenegro, and it is an expressway with the highest altitude, the most complex geological conditions, the highest bridge-tunnel ratio, and the most difficult construction implemented by the Chinese company in Europe. The project is about 180 kilometers long. The section from Smokovac in the northern suburbs of Podgorica to Mateshevo in Kolacin is the priority section with the most technical difficulty and construction difficulty. It is about 41 kilometers long, including a total of 16 tunnels, 20 bridges, and 4 interchanges, with a bridge-to-tunnel ratio as high as 60%. After the completion of the project, it will greatly improve the driving conditions in the northern mountainous areas of Montenegro, enhance the competitiveness of Montenegro's Bal Harbor, and promote the development of regions along the route, which is of great significance for stimulating the economic development of Montenegro.