Grants from the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 - 2020 are financing three new projects of the Split-Dalmatia County Road Administration, aiming to improve access to ports for residents of inhabited islands.
The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure awarded a total of 4.14 million euros to the manager of the road network of the Split-Dalmatia County through the contracts concluded on May 29, 2023. Money from the Cohesion Fund will be invested in the reconstruction of roads in Trogir, and on the islands of Brač and Šolta. Thanks to the secured financing, the roads will be brought to a satisfactory condition as early as 2023.
The largest amount of support of 1.87 million euros is being invested in the reconstruction of the county road 6133 in Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac Street in Trogir. The project will repair damage on the 660 m long section from the intersection near the Old Bridge in Trogir to the western border of the city, build 2.50 m wide sidewalks on both sides, build a storm drainage system and sewer connection, install new public lighting and modernize traffic equipment and signaling. In its current state, the section located at the approach to the Trogir – Soline ferry port represents a bottleneck in urban and maritime traffic. The implementation of the project will therefore improve the traffic connection between the city of Trogir and the islands of Drvenik Mali and Veli.
Construction of modern and safe roads that will facilitate access to port areas
The amount of 1.07 million euros is intended for the construction of the 1.01 km long Stomorska bypass on Šolta, which will serve as access to the port of the same name. The new two-lane ring road supports the planned development project of the port of Stomorska. Without a separate road access to the port, the increased summer traffic would burden the center of the settlement year after year.
The third project of the County Road Administration includes the reconstruction of the county road 6161 in the north of the island of Brač in the length of 0.68 km, i.e. the rehabilitation of unsafe curves at the locations “Vela and Mala Lučica” and “Punta Barakadela”. About 855 thousand euros from the Cohesion Fund will be spent on improving the road infrastructure between the municipalities in the eastern part of the island and Supetar.
Works on port access roads received funding by applying to the second call for co-financing of the improvement of port infrastructure in the function of coastal liner shipping. Calls of this type have so far helped to realize more than twenty projects in Croatian ports. Improved transport infrastructure affects the reduction of traffic jams and travel time, and in this sense represents a significant step towards improving regional transport connectivity.