Consulting engineer Cowi has been appointed bridge and tunnel advisor for the Smokovac-Uvac-Matesevo section of Montenegro’s Bar-Boljare highway project.
Cowi will advise contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation on the 41km mountainous route which will be 60% bridges and tunnels, including 16 twin tunnel sections, mainly through flysch bedrock.
It will offer advanced geological forecasting of rock mass conditions and interpretation of instrumentation and monitoring and the design of the primary tunnel lining support.
Work has started on the 950m-long Moracica Bridge which carries the road across the Moraca River Canyon and construction of the bridge’s five-pillars was completed last month. At the highest point the bridge will be 180m above the ground.
Cowi’s scope for this section includes an independent review, modelling of the geometry and its control during construction and production of a construction control manual and site supervision.
The Bar-Boljare highway, which is expected to open in May 2019, will run north to south from the main sea port to the Serbian border and play a “key role” in Montenegro’s tourism industry and economic development, Cowi said.
Advice will be provided by engineers from Cowi’s Bridges International division based in Copenhagen and geotechnical centre of excellence in Glasgow.
The construction contracts for the southern and northern sections of the Bar-Boljare highway have not yet been awarded.