Part of Project 48 the Long Bypass route
By Maj. Ladislav Ruzicka
Sarajevo - When SFOR started using The Butmir Camp Area, it blocked the existing road of access from the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) to the Republika Srpska (RS). Now SFOR will provide provide an access road to enhance civilian traffic across the Inter Entity Boundary Line (IEBL). The road will be approximately 2 km long.
"The long bypass has three construction sections. One section, approximately 0.6 km long is in the Federation side, and the other sections are on the side of RS. This means reconstruction of the existing road and two bridges around North Camp Butmir," said Chief of Infra projects U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Lukich, from the HQ SFOR Infra Engineer Branch. He started his SFOR mission in April 2000 as the project manager and design engineer.
"The purpose of this bypass road is to maintain an IEBL crossing between the BiH and RS. The original crossing was closed when the road was incorporated into the confines of Camp Butmir in August 1999," said Lukich "This is a very good project for the local civilians because it improves the road and it also maintains access from Federation BiH to the RS. It is for the overall benefit of both communities, but it is also a very good project for SFOR because it illustrates all of the units working together and our construction capabilities to improve the infrastructure."
There will be Italian, Spanish and American units from MND-N and MND-SE working together on demining, which started June 26 and construction is to start July 7. The Romanian Engineers will complete the construction by October 2000. The road concept plan was initiated in winter 1998, and the original design was drawn by the Canadian Engineer Unit. Final design will be completed with the SFOR HQ Engineer Branch and Engineer Support Service Staff and a civilian survey team.
project also involves building two new bridges and resolution of drainage
problems. These existing wooden and concrete bridges will be replaced
with Mabey-Johnson bridges from Material Management Unit in Split. To
solve flooding problems, storm water drainage, improvements are planned
for the section in the Federation where residence typically experiences
flooding twice a year when water rises above the banks.