A 12 month maintenance period on the Tetovo bypass was completed as NCEI was on site.
Oddly a small amount of carriageway work was being completed at the same time, a legacy of a property appropriation dispute that held up a small section of the overall works.
The $10M project is a critical component in upgrading the Corridor 8 route from Skopje, to south of Tetovo in the most heavily populated north west corner of Macedonia. Links from the capital to the town and a section southward were already in place and the bypass was needed to join them together.
In itself the project is relatively straightforward says Tanja Angelkovik, a local engineer and now one of Berger's supervising team. Design was by the former government owned Granit and construction by Beton.
Ground is a very sound, free draining and firm gravel.
Earthmoving was limited to some small cuttings. Several structures were required, the largest a bridge to carry the single track railway from Skopje across the road; Italian subcontractor Tesset did the stressing work.
Berger's particular contribution included bringing in the most modern of concrete testing and other inspection methodology.