Ravča Tunnel Will Bring Hvar Closer to Mainland

By , 10 Jan 2017, 21:14 PM Travel
Ravča Tunnel Will Bring Hvar Closer to Mainland Source: Port Authority of Split-Dalmatia County

Share this:

The connection road represents the shortest road connection to Drvenik port which may in the future become the primary ferry port for middle Dalmatian islands

In the last days of 2016 the Ministry of Construction and Urban Planning completed changes to the location permit for the connection road between Ravča exit on the A1 highway to the ferry port in Drvenik, a long awaited green light for the continuation of a large infrastructure project worth over 750 million kuna to connect the Biokovo mountain hinterland and Makarska Riviera, Slobodna Dalmacija reported on January 10, 2017.

"Less than a year ago upon a motion by the town of Vrgorac the mayors and district heads of the Makarska Riviera, middle Dalmatian islands, Pelješac peninsula and western Hercegovina met to present to the new government the importance of the Ravča-Drvenik tunnel as part of the connection road from A1 to the ferry port in Drvenik," said Vrgorac Mayor Ante Pranić of events preceding this important document, adding the meeting was also attended by Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Zlatko Ževrnja and Dubrovnik-Neretva County Deputy Prefect Davorko Obuljen.

The result of the meeting was a signed joint conclusion sent to the Croatian government regarding the initiative.

Satisfied with the accomplishment, but also aware the necessary procedure to obtain a construction permit for the project, Pranić and his fellow colleagues from the Sućuraj district on Hvar Ivan Slavić and Gradac district on the Makarska Riviera Ivan Kosović are planning to hold a new meeting, at the end of the current month, this time on Hvar island, with invitations to representatives of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure. Their intention is, according to Pranić, to remind of the importance of obtaining a construction permit for this corridor, necessary for the Ministry to apply the project for EU funds. Among the conditions needed is to include the corridor in the Transportation Strategy of Croatia, as well as short-term plans of Croatian Highways.

"This project advances regional connectivity in passenger transportation and further strenghtens territorial cohesion," Pranić added.

"The connection road represents the shortest road connection to Drvenik port which may in the future become the primary ferry port for middle Dalmatian islands (Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo) and Pelješac peninsula," noted Pranić, adding this project would create the shortest road connection of Croatia and Europe with the middle Dalmatian islands.

The importance of the connection road is seen in the fact it is the missing link in establishing the shortest and fastest transit corridor for cargo and passengers between Bosnia&Herzegovina and south Makarska Riviera as well as middle Dalmatian islands.

Besides the transportation connectivity, the project would greatly influence the development of tourism in this part of Croatia.

"Better, more efficient and faster traffic connection of the mainland with the islands is one of key conditions in the development of Croatian tourism," argued Pranić in favour of the corridor and as an example noted the eastern part of Hvar island which due to poor traffic connectivity has not achieved its tourism development capacity.

Photo of the day

Croatia Traffic Info

  • Due to strong wind passenger traffic is allowed only: -on the A1 motorway between Sveti Rok and Posedarje junctions (detour: DC50/DC27 state roads through Gračac and Obrovac), -on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Kikovica and Delnice (detour: DC3 state road), -on the DC8 Adriatic road from Karlobag to Sveta Marija Magdalena, -on the DC54 Maslenica-Zaton Obrovački state road, -on the DC27 Gračac-Zaton Obrovački state road. On the part of the DC8 Adriatic road Senj-Karlobag there is a traffic ban on: doubledeckers, trailers and motorcycles, from Bakar to Senj on the DC8 and on the A7 motorway between Draga and Šmrika junctions on delivery vans and freight vehicles with covered cargo area too. Due to fog visibility is reduced in the central and eastern parts of Croatia as well as in Gorski kotar mountain area - on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Bosiljevo and Ravna Gora junctions. It is occasionally snowing in the area of Zagreb. The roads are wet and very slippery because of low temperatures, especially bridges and viaducts. Rock and land sliding is possible on the DC8 Adriatic road and on the DC1 state road. Drivers are invited to keep distance, to adjust the speed to road conditions and not to start the journey without the winter equipment. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Until 28 January 8am-3pm traffic is occasionally suspended on the DC8 Adriatic road at Rokića part in Šibenik, detour: Vidici junction-Dumbočica tunnel-Dubrava-Meterize junction. 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 on the following roads of Lika mountain area:-DC42 at Poljanak and on the section Josipdol-Saborsko, -DC218 Užljebić border crossing-Donji Lapac-Dobroselo-Mazin-Bruvno, -ŽC5169 Bjelopolje-Donji Lapac, ŽC5199 Šušanj-Štirovača, ŽC59125 Perušić-Čanak, -regional and local roads in Lika/Senj county, regional and local roads in the area of Perušić and Sveti Rok. Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -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 DC64 state road on the section Kršan-Vozilići, detour: Kršan-Nedešćina-Štrmac; -on the DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko state road; -on the DC228 Jurovski Brod-Ozalj-Karlovac state road at Ozalj; -on the DC303 Brajkovići-Kanfanar junction state road till 2 February. 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 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).
    Read more
  • In the outbound freight traffic there are delays at Pasjak and Bajakovo (the queue is 1 km long). Due to roadworks at Županja and Slavonski Brod border crossings delays can be expected. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
    Read more
  • Lopar-Valbiska ferry does not operate. All other ferries operate regularly.
    Read more

mod send your news

Photo galleries and videos