Butmir bypass towards completion
By Maj. Ladislav Ruzicka
First published in
SFOR Informer #98, October 11, 2000
- Since July HQ SFOR Engineer Branch has an on-going construction project
known as the "long bypass road".
When SFOR started building Butmir Camp, it blocked one of the existing
access roads from the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) to Republika
Srpska (RS). The primary objective of the new construction is to maintain
freedom of movement across the Inter-Entity Boundary Line via an access
road for civilian traffic with improved roadway characteristic and drainage.
The length of the bypass is approximately 1,800 metres.
project is now approaching completion as the Romanian Engineer Detachment
(RED) continues the roadway improvement works. In support is the Hungarian
Engineer Contingent (HEC) working on the installation of the remaining
sewers and reconstruction of the two bridges. HQ SFOR Engineer Support
Service is providing material orders and miscellaneous works to keep the
project on line. Additionally, vital dump truck support was provided by
Italian and Spanish trucks from Multinational Division South East. This
support kept deliveries going when another asset was lost
four sections of the bypass are currently under construction, with 75%
of the project complete.
The main work remaining is constructing the gabions of section 2,
the most challenging section of the bypass. The section contains existing
utilities, trees and a densely populated area with residential houses.
In addition, the section runs parallel to the river. This will require
significant storm drainage and the construction of a gabion retaining
wall to improve and structurally protect the roadway when the river level
rises twice a year," said acting Chief of the Infra Projects, HQ
SFOR Engineer Branch, US Navy Lt. Michael Lukich.
also continues with the final grading and storm sewer improvement along
the section 3 and 4.
The current priority is the demolition and reconstruction of two bridges,
one wooden and the other concrete and metal. This work is being carried
out by HEC. This work is now online following some initial delay in obtaining
the necessary construction materials. Almost 40 tons of building material
were eventually purchased in Croatia and delivered by the HELBA Transport
unit and RED.
expects that bridge work can be completed by mid-November. However, the
asphalt placement, a storm sewer, and infrastructure road improvements
are on schedule and planned to be completed at the end of October.
liaison officers of Republika Srpska and the Federation have been an integral
part of addressing concerns residents along the bypass have had as well
as HQ SFOR and Divisional staff. It is their efforts and co-operation
that will make this project a reality, said Lukich.
Nations of SFOR: Romania, Hungary