Official title of the project

Žeželj Bridge – Rebuilding Serbian infrastructure


Project information

Construction of Zezelj Bridge across the Danube River in Novi Sad
Region / City
Novi Sad
Total budget of programme / project

Total Budget: 60 M €

EU contribution: 30 M €

Co-financing: 30 M €

Implementation period
2011. Mar - 2013. Nov
Expected results

Bridge completed, commissioned with road and rail traffic flowing with improved navigation along the Novi Sad reaches of the Danube.


PE "Serbian Railways"

Target Groups

Citizents of Serbia, City of Novi Sad

Summary of the project

The Žeželj Bridge between Novi Sad and Petrovaradin was designed in 1961 as a two-span, concrete, combined road-rail bridge by Professor Branko Žeželj. It was an iconic landmark two-arch design, with a single rail track and two-lane highway, which was destroyed in 1999.  A temporary road-rail bridge was built 75 metres upstream and opened in 2000; however, its design life was five years but its speedy construction compromised navigation, and rail and road capacities.

The completion of the Žeželj bridge will have both cultural and transport impacts. In cultural terms an iconic landmark will be rebuilt in Novi Sad restoring part of the modern heritage in the provincial capital of Vojvodina. The greatest impact will be in terms of transport infrastructure, in terms of rail and road congestion in Novi Sad should be relieved. On the Danube a significant bottleneck will be removed and transit / travel times for both passengers and freight will be improved along the Novi Sad reaches of the river. Construction of Zezelj Bridge is important for the future economic development of Serbia. Namely, Zezelj Bridge is a part of road and rail Corridor Xb and intersecting Corridor VII which is Danube River. Therefore, efficient road, rail and river traffic flow rely on this bridge.

Programme/Project objectives

  • Enable navigation along the Novi Sad reach of the Danube, which is part of Corridor VII of Transport Trans-European Network (TEN-T) network in line with international navigation standards; and 
  • Restore full road and rail traffic across the Danube in Novi Sad as part of the Belgrade-Subotica-Budapest segment of Corridor Xb of the TEN-T network.

More details on project

Construction of Zezelj Bridge across the Danube River in Novi Sad

26,231,079.08 EUR