Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski and the Director of Public Enterprise for State Roads Vlado Misajlovski went on site to check the progress of works on the bridge on Pchinja River in Dolno Konjare village.
Janakieski emphasized that this bridge is one of the four that are currently undergoing repairs, and that Repair Designs are being developed for additional two bridges that were seriously damaged by the floods.
– This bridge is of great importance for the residents of Rzanicino and Konjare as it connects these two villages. It is expected the repair, for which 3.5 million denars were allocated, to be completed by this April, said Janakieski.
Misajlovski explained that this 136.60 meters long and four meters wide bridge has 22 spans at distance of 5.6 meters between piers. Two pier points in the middle are critical and require necessary repair.
– This bridge requires repair because it was built back in 1983. The riverbed bottom has sunken as it has been eroded by the water over time, due to which the piers’ height has increased, which adversely affects the stability of the bridge, stated Director Misajlovski.
He also stated that last year construction of two new bridges had commenced, one of which is located near Zleovo at Radovis municipality, and the other on Zletovska River near Pishica village at the municipality Cheshinovo – Obleshevo. In addition, in late 2014, repair works started on the bridge on Vardar River on the road section Zhelino – Sirichino.
– Repair works on these four bridges shall be finalized in the first half of this year, and they will cost 61 million denars, said Misajlovski.
He also emphasized that this year the highest priority would be given to the bridge on Bregalnica River on the road section Kocani – Zrnovci, since that bridge was damaged by the latest floods. Currently, technical design is being developed for the construction-repairing works on the bridge.