Traffic on the Pelješac Bridge has been open in both directions since midnight last night and according to early reports around 1,500 vehicles passed over the new bridge since its opening.
The entire day yesterday was marked by the opening ceremony of this important bridge that connected the far south of Croatia with the rest of the country.
The bridge, whose entire steel-concrete structure below and above the water together weighs as much as 30 Eiffel Towers, was financed by EU funds with a grant of 357 million euros (85 percent of the total cost), and work started in 2018.
Economically, it is extremely important for the entire country, primarily the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and its opening ended the territorial discontinuity created more than 300 years ago when the then Republic of Dubrovnik ceded part of the coast to the Ottoman Empire.
Slaviša Babić, the head of the traffic department of HC, spoke to N1 and stated that “around 1,500 vehicles have already crossed the bridge.”
"I expect about 10,000 vehicles today, but the peak weekend is ahead of us, maybe 12 to 15,000 vehicles for the weekend," he added.