Good news for visitors to Krk
“This decision is an important message. I think it is very good news for all who want to visit the island of Krk. I think this is a good and rational decision. And it is in line with everything we have done since the beginning of our mandate when it comes to the financial sustainability of the Croatian motorway company”, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković stated.
Merger: Toll for Krk bridge to be dropped
The relief, which also affects tourists, was made possible by the merger of Autocesta Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ) with the Croatian Motorways Management Company (HAC), as the merger virtually ends the previous concession contract. The aim of the measure, it is further stated, is the sustainable restructuring of the road transport sector for companies in the Republic of Croatia that manage and secure motorways and roads.
Krk Bridge: Once the largest of its kind
The construction of the Krk Bridge, with a total length of 1450 metres (both arches) and a width of 11.40 metres, began in July 1976, and the Krk Bridge was completed after a construction period of a good four years on 19 July 1980, when it was opened and became particularly famous: it was considered the world’s widest concrete arched bridge, surpassing even the Gladesville Bridge near Sydney by 85 metres. Six years later, the Chinese Wanxiang Bridge outstripped it.
In the meantime, a new construction of the busy bridge is already being considered, mainly because the expansion of the Krk port terminal and the continuing increase in holiday traffic have greatly increased the capacity utilization of the Krk bridge. In addition, there are voices warning of cracks in the concrete caused by wind and salty air.