Dubrovnik will be connected to the main Croatian highway system, but don’t get too excited as the completion date is set for 2030.
The section of the motorway from Metković to Dubrovnik and Križišće-Žuta Lokva highways will cost 2 billion euros, with a planned completion date in 2030, as reported by Jutarnji list on Thursday.
At the end of this year, Hrvatske autoceste (Croatian Motorways) will announce tenders for the construction of the Dubrovnik highway.
According to unofficial estimates, the construction of the Dubrovnik highway would cost around 1.2 billion euros.
Hrvatske autoceste has found a model to secure slightly over 1.3 billion euros for the projects, and the remaining funds will need to be raised. Both roads are expected to be completed by 2030.
Both highways have been part of construction plans multiple times before. In 2009, during the time of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, a contract was signed with contractors, and construction works were ceremoniously opened. However, it all fell through as it was an election trick, and funds were not secured for the works.
And we are once again in the year before elections, but the government of Andrej Plenković insists that the construction of these highways is not an empty pre-election promise and that they are firmly committed to building them. Only time will tell.