Green Traffic Lights Turn to Hearts in Zagreb

By , 17 Feb 2017, 14:50 PM Lifestyle

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There are a lot of green hearts in the streets of Zagreb.

In a street near the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, passers-by could recently see a green traffic light turned to a green heart. Another one could be found in Žerjavićeva Street, at the intersection with Gundulićeva Street. Yet another one was at the intersection of Ilica and Sveti Duh Street. Green hearts have spread throughout the city, shining for a few seconds and then disappearing. In order to see they again, you would have to wait for a red light to turn to yellow, and then finally to green again, reports Jutarnji List on February 17, 2017.

This week, an unknown person – or persons – placed black tape on several traffic lights in Zagreb, modelling the green lights into the shape of a heart. It was done during the night, so the surprise in the morning was complete. The motive is not yet known. Was it to provoke a brief smile on the face of passers-by, to become famous on social networks, or to make a gesture towards that special someone on this Valentine's Day, we do not know.

However, the police are not too happy. According to regulations, “it is forbidden to place on road signs anything which is not in connection with the meaning of the sign”. The penalty for the offenders is 2,000 kuna. However, the police so far do not have any suspects, so it is assumed that the “culprits” will remain unpunished. “Police officers will visit the relevant locations and notify the authorities to remove the tape”, announced the police officially.

The authorities in question is Zagrebačke Ceste (Zagreb Roads) municipal company, which takes care of traffic signals in the city. They say that they suspect some artist did it. “When someone reports any irregularity on road signs, it is our job to remove it so that traffic is not impeded”, said Vlado Suša, spokesman for Zagrebačke Ceste. “If it is just a black tape, then it is enough to peel it off, but if the traffic light is damaged, then we need to remove the glass and put in a new one”, said Suša, adding that in the last ten years they had two similar cases of people taping something over traffic lights.

Situation such as this does not occur only in Zagreb. Four years ago, green hearts appeared in Zadar as well. The person who made the hearts was never found. Similar scenarios took place in other European cities as well. In Brussels in 2008, a group of citizens also created heart-shaped traffic lights. The self-proclaimed “commandos of love” used cover of night to rapidly climb the traffic lights and tape their patterns.

So, it is possible that such a network now exists in Zagreb as well, or that the culprits are just people who want to insert a little bit of love in everyday life. The case remains a mystery for now, until the next year’s Valentine’s Day when we may again see hearts at traffic lights.

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  • The roads are wet and slippery in Lika mountain area and in Dalmatia. Rock and land sliding is possible on the DC1 state road through Lika as well as on the DC8 Adriatic road. Traffic is dense in cities and on their detour roads. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Tonight (27 February) 7pm-6am traffic is suspended on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Delnice and Oštrovica junctions in direction Rijeka, detour: DC3/DC501 state roads. In Učka tunnel in Istria one lane is free only every night 10pm-6am till 3/4 March. Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. The headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče at Božići viaduct in direction Split, between Novigrad and Karlovac junctions 42nd-40th km in direction Zagreb, at Rašćane viaduct in direction Dubrovnik; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 118th-121st km in both directions; -A4 Zagreb-Goričan at Kraljevečki Novaki junction 93rd-94th km in both directions till 13 March; -A4 Zagreb-Goričan in Hrastovec tunnel in both directions 1-11 March; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June, in Vršek tunnel in direction Zagreb; -Rijeka detour road in the exit lane of Rujevica junction in direction Rupa till 16 March; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Due to winter driving conditions there is a traffic ban on freight vehicles with trailers and all other vehicles have to use the winter equipment in Lika mountain area on the DC42 at Poljanak. Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje till 10 April; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing till 15 March, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor; -on the DC34 Valpovo-Josipovac state road; -on the DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko state road; -on the DC228 Jurovski Brod-Ozalj-Karlovac state road at Ozalj. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road at Tušilović; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC303 Rovinjsko Selo-Brajkovići-Kurili state road. 15 November 2016-15 April 2017 winter equipment is mandatory on the winter sections of the state roads in Croatia (it includes four winter tyres or four summer tyres with chains ready for use).
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  • Ferries operate regularly. 9404 Zadar-Rivanj-Sestrunj-Zverinac-Božava-Brbinj catamaran does not stop at Božava port. Today (27 February) Vis-Split ferry departs Vis port at 4.30pm (instead at 3.30pm) and Split port at 7pm (instead at 6.30pm).
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