Stojan Rangelov, Putevi Ivanjica Director

We Advance Safety

Over the previous 60 years, this company has amassed vast experience working in the demanding and inhospitable territories of southwest Serbia, Ivanjica and the surrounding area. The roads that this company has constructed have immeasurable importance to the local population and tourists, while some of them are considered Serbia’s most beautiful panoramic roads

Putevi Ivanjica has been a licensed partner of Austria’s Deltabloc Gmbh since 2013, which enables this Serbian company to produce concrete safety barriers and soundwalls. According to company director Stojan Rangelov, this saves time and money, but also keeps us safe.

Putevi Ivanjica was still working to the max when there was no work for others. Have you impsoed yourself thanks to the quality you provide?

Harsh nature and the geological composition of the terrain have often posed great challenges to us in the construction of roads, supporting walls, bridges and other structures.

Stojan Rangelov, Director, Putevi Ivanjica

We worked on the Rudnik-Topola section a few years ago, then continued with the construction of roads in Golija, Preko Brdo-Odvraćenica, covering a road length of 16 km, and last year we completed the Pridvorica-Devići road, covering 8.3 km. The Government of the Republic of Serbia, as investor, has planned the further construction and connection of Golija as a tourist centre, so we are hopeful of receiving support and continuing works. We want to continue participating in the construction of corridors and highways through this part of Serbia and to maintain the roads of this area in both summer and winter, as we have throughout all these years, which is also a major challenge.

How do your combined systems, safety barriers and soundwalls improve safety; does that receive sufficient attention in our country?

We produced and installed dozens of kilometres of barriers and fences on all major highways and corridors in Serbia over the previous decade. Within the scope of concrete barriers are also bridge systems that absorb impact energy to ensure the structure of the bridge is not damaged. This creates savings in terms of the dimensions of the bridge structure and, most importantly, improves safety for road users.

We have spent many years investing the largest part of our revenue in modernising production and renewing our machinery and fleet

Combined systems are an amalgamation of a concrete safety barrier and an anti-noise barrier, so 2 in 1. They improve the safety of road users, while they also save space by being placed immediately along the roadside. The construction is free-standing, faster and easier to assemble, without foundations, so it requires less time and money.

Applying such systems brings guaranteed improvements in terms of safety, because these barriers are certified by crash tests, there is no penetration and crossing to the opposite lane while, on the other hand, the energy of the impact on passengers is distributed in such a way that they don’t suffer from excessive strain. These systems are in much wider use in Western Europe than they are in our country, but we hope that will change. Nevertheless, the greatest advantage of our systems is its durability and maintenance. Our systems cost up to 25% of the cost of systems produced from other materials.

You have two quarries, stone crushing plants, two asphalt and concrete bases, cutting edge machinery, equipment and fleet, but would all that be of little value without your experienced and professional workers?

We have spent many years investing the largest part of our revenue in modernising production and renewing our machinery and fleet. We also invest in environmental standards, as well as workplace safety and protection for all employees. We consider that as being the only way to ensure the progress of the company itself, but also of employees and their families. We acknowledge the commitment of workers with adequate salaries, increasing their satisfaction and improving working conditions. We believe that we’ve proved successful in this to date, though we are also feeling the labour shortage, as is the construction industry as a whole.

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