Both tubes of Sveti Rok and Mala Kapela tunnels formally opened to traffic

SVETI ROK, 30.5.2009.
The second tubes of the Sveti Rok and Mala Kapela tunnels on the A1 Zagreb-Split motorway were formally opened to traffic on Saturday by Transport Minister Božidar Kalmeta.

So far, only one tube in each tunnel has been in operation and two-way traffic has caused jams during the peaks of tourist seasons.

The new tunnel tubes will considerably increase safety and put an end to traffic congestion and mile-long tailbacks during the summer season, Kalmeta said, praising the constructors for their work.

The two newly-built tunnel tubes cost HRK 787.5 million (excl. VAT), while the cost of all four tubes in the two tunnels was HRK 2.3 billion (excl. VAT).

The Mala Kapela tunnel is 5.8 kilometers long and the length of the Sveti Rok tunnel is nearly 5.7km. The speed limit in both tunnels is 100 km per hour.

Both facilities have been constructed according a particular tunneling method, known as the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM).