- Published: 10.01.2022.
We will continue our support for rapid development of Split and Split-Dalmatia County
During his visit to Split on Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that construction would soon begin of the access road to the €133 million Kozjak tunnel and that project should relieve traffic jams at the entry to this biggest Croatian Adriatic city.
"We spoke about the Vučevica-Kozjak-Kaštela project which is important for the construction of a tunnel valued at HRK 1 billion (€133 million), and soon construction works will begin for the road from Vučevica," the premier said after meeting with Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Blaženko Boban.
According to Plenković, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković and the Hrvatske Ceste (HC) road management company's director, Josip Škorić, met with Boban today to discuss the road infrastructure projects and access routes to Split aimed at lessening traffic jams during the tourist season.
Plenković added that other infrastructure projects in the county were also discussed, including a bypass road around Omiš, an overpass at Širine in Solin and the Mravinci-Stobreč road.
PM said that investments in Adriatic ports had also been discussed, referring to them as the renaissance of the Croatian coast with investments that had not occurred in that county for decades.
"The development of traffic and port infrastructure is boosting the economy and tourism," he said.
Plenković expects efforts to be made in Split-Dalmatia County "to step up the rate of immunisation and adherence to epidemiological measures in an effort to put the spread of COVID under control in this fifth wave of the pandemic."
"We have also mulled over preparations for the following tourism season," he said.
Plenković recalled that during the COVID pandemic the government had so far set aside HRK 1.5 billion (€200 million) and saved 75,000 jobs in the county, with aid for 15,000 enterprises.
"The government's policy obviously contributed to last year's tourism season and GDP growth which will certainly be in the double-digits this year," he said.
He added that the government had concluded agreements for more than HRK 7 billion from European funds for projects in Split-Dalmatia County.
Prefect Boban underscored that preparations for large infrastructure projects in the county have been completed and in particular, he referred to a new road from Solin to Omiš which is one of the most congested thoroughfares in Croatia during the tourist season.
PM Plenković also held talks with the mayor of Split, Ivica Puljak, on infrastructure projects, worth three billion kuna, such as the reconstruction of the Poljud stadium, and reconstruction and construction of road infrastructure.