Locals to Block the Hvar Tunnel Tomorrow

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Residents of Sveta Nedilja, Ivan Dolac, Jagodna and Zavala will block the exit from the Stari Grad – Hvar tunnel (towards Hvar) and the road towards Sveta Nedilja for an hour tomorrow, informs Radio Dalmacija.

Dissatisfied with the traffic solution, which is the only connection between the southern and northern part of the island, locals would like to demonstrate the problem to the local authorities of Hvar town, Jelsa municipality and the Split-Dalmatia County:

“There is no normal road from Gromin Dolac to Sveta Nedilja, but the tunnel build in 1962, which actually never got an official opening permit. Every year, some works are being done in the tunnel, this is how it has been for the last 10 years, and in the meantime, our kids go to school through the road of death and no one seem to care about it. We would only need those 5600 meters from Dubovica to Sveta Nedilja to get done for us to have a normal road. We only ask for a normal traffic solution to Hvar town. This is just a shame, not to have a proper road in the 21st century, while the Hvar island is being praised as one of the most developed island in the Adriatic. God forbid, that something happens in that tunnel, it could get closed tomorrow and we will be isolated from the world”, said one of the organisers of the protest, Jurica Milatić Biskup from Sveta Nedilja.


The peaceful protest is announced for tomorrow, from 10:30 till 11:30 at the exit of the Stari Grad – Hvar tunnel towards Hvar town.


The 600 residents of the southern side of the island probably got pushed towards this protest by the closure of the Pitve-Zavala tunnel for the past 10 days due to power-cable installations, said the director of the County Road Aministrator Petar Škorić:


“People have every right to be upset, but a new tunnel would be too expensive, we simply do not have the funds for such a project. Alternatively, there is the 7 km long off-road option through the hills. There is the Sveta Nedilja – Dubovica raod, which is actually a forest path and a complete restoration of the 7 km road would cost 20 million kuna. The previous government reduced our budget by more than 10 million kuna and we are not able to finance it. We tried to secure the money through EU funding, so we are looking for a more simpler way of turning the forest path to a wider and proper road, which would made the traffic between Sveta Nedilja and Dubovica easier.”

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