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Border booked

Highways

Expansion of the European Union has made the Hungarian border into Serbia a key crossover; to speed traffic flows, Brussels is funding a new $13.5M multilane border post at Horgo-.

At present vehicles can be delayed over four hours in a 4km long tailback.

'This is a new, and useful, experience for many of us because we are doing the contract to FIDIC standards - the Red Book, ' says Lejla Zekovic, an architect from the Belgrade Institute of Transportation which is supervising the work with BCEOM of France. Designers are local firms CentroProjekt with CPV.

Some 19 buildings are needed for the crossing which will cater for about 4,500 vehicles daily, says Maurizio Ranalli, programme manager for the European Agency for Reconstruction which provides the money.

Four car lanes and two for buses in each direction will be supplemented by a 4ha freight supervision area, including an embankment-protected hazardous goods section.

Construction on the sandy soil of the flat central European plain is straightforward for the two Hungarian main contractors, Melyepito and Kesz, though the site has needed utilities to be brought in. The nearest town is 13km away. Main issues are the installation of high tech cabling and fibre optic - the crossing will record vehicle plates - and steelwork for canopies over the inspection areas.

Work began in June 2003 and was due to complete early this year.

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