February the 11th, 2024 – The new Krk Bridge is set to boast multiple new features, and the current hopes are that it will be constructed and operational by 2030.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, at the beginning of the year, the process for the construction of a new bridge for the island of Krk was officially started. The upcoming Krk Bridge will be a very impressive construction which, when finished, will be able to stand proudly next to the likes of Pelješac bridge.
HAC also published a graphic representation of the new Krk Bridge, which shows that this bridge will enable a much greater flow of traffic towards the island both in regard to tourism and aiding the local economy. This is a huge selling point for the future Krk Bridge because during the summer months, the traffic towards the island is so great that huge levels of crowding and traffic jams occur.
The upcoming Krk Bridge that will have both road and rail tracks and will reach the new port terminal in Omišalj, which is also yet to be built. The bridge itself will be span 850 metres over the sea, but the traffic part of the project isn’t only the bridge, but also a viaduct over the valley which will be around 900 metres long, and a tunnel which will stretch to around 740 metres, according to a report from Večernji.hr.
The new Krk Bridge should be two-story, that is, the upper “layer” will be the road, while the railway line will be on the lower “floor” of the bridge. With all of its accompanying access roads, a viaduct, a bridge, the total length of the project will be more than seven kilometres. The route of the new bridge will be further south than the current one and the bridge won’t cross the island of Sv. Marko, but will be on the route from the eastern end of Črišnjeva bay across the peninsula where the Maltempo fortress is located.
It is also interesting to note that the new Krk Bridge will have proper protection from the wind, which will make it safe for traffic even during strong gusts of wind when the current bridge is known to have to be closed to certain groups of vehicles.
At the beginning of the year, HAC launched the Krk Bridge project by announcing a tender for the preparation of study and traffic documentation, and the estimated value of the design stands at a whopping 600,000 euros. The plan is now to prepare an environmental impact study and other documents over the next three to four years, and then at least two years would be required to carry out the construction works, according to HAC. It is estimated that the new Krk Bridge could be built and in operation by 2030.