Sunday, 26 January 2020

VIDEO: How Driving on New Zagreb Roundabout Looks as of Today

The Zagreb roundabout (Remetinec roundabout) has been a major issue in the City of Zagreb for a while now. After being closed to the public for thirteen long months, the finishing touches to the lighting and electricity are complete and the roundabout is finally now open for traffic.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 26th of January, 2020, on Sunday morning, traffic was allowed to enter and drive on the finally reconstructed Zagreb roundabout, as well as along the tunnel underpasses and along all of the access routes from Remetinec road (Remetinečka cesta), Dubrovnik Avenue (Avenija Dubrovnik) and Adriatic Avenue (Jadranska Avenija) as well as the Adriatic Bridge (Jadranski most), and by early May this year, there will be new tram lines, walking and cycling routes.

The head of Zagreb's city transport office, Dinko Bilic, stated that the implementation of the Zagreb roundabout project had to be defined through two usable units, which had to be divided into parts of the construction that required a temporary thoroughfare and works that could be performed only after the temporary thoroughfare had been removed.

"On the basis of such distribution, an amendment to the main design was made in which it was determined that approximately 95 percent of the works would be performed before the removal of the temporary thoroughfare, and that the works to be performed in the positions of the temporary thoroughfare would be performed after the commissioning of that unit and after the demolition of the temporary roads,'' explained Bilic.

Therefore, today saw the very first operational unit put into service this morning, which includes roads whicn run along the reconstructed Zagreb roundabout, the tunnel underpasses and all access road routes from the aforementioned directions.

The completion of the second unit is planned by the beginning of May this year, the city transport office announced.

Watch the video of a drive along the newly reconstructed Zagreb roundabout by Matija Habljak below:

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

VIDEO: Zagreb Roundabout Ready to Open, Here's How It Will Look

We've reported on the state of affairs of the works on the large Zagreb roundabout (Remetinec roundabout) which has been closed for a long time, causing changes and indeed sometimes issues with driving in the Croatian capital city. 

Recently, news appeared that the Zagreb roundabout itself had been completed after thirteen very, very long months of being closed to the public. Next came the announcement that there could be plans to introduce a new tram line in the city, which would be five or six kilometres long, be of importance to the future Blato hospital and also raise property prices in the surrounding areas.

It is expected that Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic would readily approve such a plan and have the means provided for it quickly given the fact that it would be a major plus for the city for a multitude of practical reasons.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 22nd of January, 2020, the Zagreb roundabout is one of the capital projects of the City of Zagreb that should facilitate traffic in that part of the city, and it will also address the significant issues caused by one of the largest black traffic points in all of Zagreb.

Its value stands at an enormous 331.7 million kuna, while the grant amount is 321 million kuna, of which 272.8 million kuna is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and 48.1 million kuna comes from the state budget of the Republic of Croatia.

Take at the video below of the now finished works on the Zagreb roundabout, which will finally officially open for cars this coming Sunday:

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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Zagreb Roundabout Complete, New Tram Lines on Horizon?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of January, 2020, the Zagreb roundabout (Remetinec roundabout) is now complete and the last little bits of work on the lighting are now coming to an end, the final opening is expected, and when things are already ''stuck'' in good shape, why not continue working immediately to the west of the large Zagreb roundabout?

That's the idea of the councilors of the City District of Novi Zagreb - West, who sent the City of Zagreb an initiative for a new tram line to Lanište and Blato.

"So far, the priority in the area of ​​our neighbourhood has been a new roundabout that will solve the problem of traffic jams in that part of the city, but more residential buildings are planned to be built in Lanište, which will increase the number of cars going on the Zagreb roundabout. A tram is a much more efficient solution,'' says Jadranko Baturić, adding that the tram line would run 150 to 200 metres from Arena Zagreb, which would relieve traffic during concerts and would also benefit residents of Brezovica, Ježdovac, Hrvatski Leskovac, Botinac and Odra, whose residents could leave their cars at the starting station and travel further to their destinations with the use of public transport, Vecernji list reports.

"The city district is ready to participate in the works, and given that a tram line is the most environmentally friendly solution, I'm sure we could get money from the European Union, which co-finances 80 percent of projects which are having an environmental impact," says Baturić, adding that he will also discuss the initiative with Mayor Milan Bandić, who, he points out, will surely speed up the whole procedure as he will recognise it as a big plus for the capital city.

"Novi Zagreb - West is the fastest growing quarter in terms of population, our numbers have increased by 40 percent in the past ten years, there are currently 79,000 of us," Baturić says.

The new tram line, which should be between five and six kilometres long, is also important for the future Blato Hospital, and would also raise property prices.

"In any case, we sent a letter to the City of Zagreb and we were told that the project was being prepared. It may be that they're waiting for the start of the construction of residential buildings and the completion of work on the hospital to start the tram line, but it must be done before," Baturić says.

However, the conceptual design and implementation of the project documentation and the construction of the tram line extension to Lanište, according to the head of the Office for Construction Dinko Bilić, can only come about when the exact position of the tram turning point in the Blato area is defined.

"This solution will create the preconditions for the extension of the tram network along Jadranska avenija (Adriatic avenue) to Lanište, and a good connection of the western urban areas with the southern bank of the Sava river is planned with another line to the future turning point in Blato, ie, via the extended Vrapčanska, Jarun bridge and the future Vatikanska street,'' concluded Bilić.

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Thursday, 9 January 2020

VIDEO: After 385 Days, Zagreb Roundabout Now Finally Ready for Cars!

As we recently reported, works on the Zagreb roundabout are now finally drawing to a close. After a long 385 days of the roundabout being intensively worked on, causing issues with traffic at one of the Croatian capital's main hubs, the road is now ready to take cars.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 9th of January, 2020, the whole project has been under construction for a gruelling 385 days in total, and after the news came that everything was finally completed, more good news comes about how traffic will run along the new Zagreb (Remetinec) roundabout.

''We're currently installing traffic lights and traffic signs and finishing off the final details. In addition, the Road Transport Commission must review everything and only then will we be able to put the Zagreb roundabout into circulation for all types of road traffic,'' said project manager Goran Radić in conversation with journalists from 24sata.

After 385 days and with a massive construction price of 331.6 million kuna, of which 273 million kuna was co-financed by European Union funds and 48 million kuna from Croatia's state budget, the completion of the Zagreb roundabout equals a bold ''tick'' next to one of the country's most demanding and significant strategic projects.

''We built the east-west tunnels at 280 metres in length. Drivers from the direction of Lučko and Novi Zagreb don't have to enter the Zagreb roundabout at all, but they can pass under it. The roadways on the north side of the roundabout, Adriatic Bridge (Jadranski most) - Adriatic Avenue (Jadranska avenija) and Dubrovnik Avenue (Avenija Dubrovnik) - Adriatic Bridge (Jadranski most), have been extended by one lane and now have four lanes, of which two lanes enter the Zagreb roundabout and two lanes act as right turners which don't enter it,'' explained Radić.

''Projections show that 40 percent of the traffic will go through tunnels, and it will be more than 30 percent less crowded on the new Zagreb roundabout,'' he concluded.

Watch the video below:

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

VIDEO: Zagreb Roundabout Finally Complete After 13 Months

The Zagreb roundabout is one of those projects that seems to have no end date. Works have been going on on the city's large roundabout (more precisely the Remetinec roundabout) for months on end, with different end dates being thrown out along the way. It seems now, however, that the works have finally been completed, with just one step left to go before it finally opens.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 7th of January, 2020, apparently the impression of completeness can be felt in the air when it comes to the Zagreb roundabout.

Over the past 385 days, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Republic of Croatia worth a massive 331.6 million kuna has been being worked on. The move should hopefully finally resolve the congestion at the entrance to the metropolis, according to a report from Jutarnji list.

''We just have electricity to deal with, and then that's it, we're sending a request for technical inspection next week,'' Goran Radic tells journalists as they stand by the fence blocking off access to the Zagreb roundabout as the final works continue. Radic is the construction manager of this enormous megaproject, which, as things currently stand at least, will actually be completed on time.

The roads are now paved, the signage has been drawn up, the underpasses are functional, and traffic lights are set up at the entrances to the newly reconstructed Zagreb roundabout. The final step will be to finalise the electricity, ie, to turn on the public lighting, tunnel lamps and connect the other necessary cables to the Elektra network. The plan is to send a request to the technical inspection committee on January the 9th, and their inspectors will then go out into the field and check everything is as it should be.

If they get the green light, by the end of this month, cars could finally fill the Zagreb roundabout's roads, which are now occupied only by work machines, trucks and some of the official vehicles of construction site bosses. In other words, after thirteen very long months, one of the most important hubs in Zagreb will reopen.

Watch the video of the new Zagreb roundabout from above, as posted on Jutarnji list's YouTube channel:

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