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A1 (Croatia)

A1 motorway shield

A1 motorway
Autocesta A1
The A1 runs through Dalmatia in Croatia.
Map key – green in use Map key – red under construction Map key – violet planned
Map key – blue other motorways
Route information
Part of E65 / E71
Length: 478.9 km (297.6 mi)
550.0 km (341.8 mi) planned
Major junctions
North end: A3 in Lučko interchange
  D1 in Karlovac interchange
A6 in Bosiljevo 2 interchange
D8 in Zadar 1 interchange
D1 in Dugopolje interchange
South end: D62 reached by
Ž6208 connector in Vrgorac interchange
Counties: City of Zagreb, Zagreb, Karlovac, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva
Major cities: Zagreb, Karlovac, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče, Dubrovnik
Highway system
Motorways in Croatia

The A1 motorway (Croatian: Autocesta A1) is the longest motorway in Croatia, spanning 478.9 kilometers (297.6 mi). As it connects Zagreb, the nation's capital, to Split, the second largest city in the country and the largest city in Dalmatia, the motorway represents a major north–south transportation corridor in Croatia and a significant part of the Adriatic–Ionian motorway. Apart from Zagreb and Split, the A1 motorway runs near a number of major Croatian cities, provides access to several national parks or nature parks, world heritage sites, and numerous resorts, especially along the Adriatic Coast. National significance of the motorway is reflected through its positive economic impact on the cities and towns it connects as well as its importance to tourism in Croatia.

Variable traffic signs placed on a gantry indicating speed limit for each traffic lane and slippery road surface warning.
The A1 motorway near Trogir, variable traffic signs

The motorway consists of two traffic lanes and an emergency lane in each driving direction separated by a central reservation. All intersections of the A1 motorway are grade separated. As the route traverses rugged mountainous and coastal terrain the route, completed as of 2014, required 376 bridges, viaducts, tunnels and other similar structures, including the two longest tunnels in Croatia and two bridges comprising spans of 200 meters (660 ft) or more. There are 33 exits and 26 rest areas operating along the route. As the motorway is tolled using a ticket system and vehicle classification in Croatia, each exit includes a toll plaza.

A motorway connecting Zagreb and Split was designed in the early 1970s, and a public loan was started in order to collect sufficient funds for its construction. However, due to political upheavals in Croatia and Yugoslavia, construction of the motorway was labeled a "nationalist project" and cancelled in 1971. After Croatian independence and conclusion of the Croatian War of Independence, efforts to build the motorway were renewed and construction started in 2000. The Zagreb–Split section of the route was completed by 2005, while the first sections between Split and Dubrovnik opened in 2007 and 2008. Construction costs incurred so far amount to 3 billion euro. The figure includes funds approved for construction work scheduled to be completed by 2013. On the other hand, the amount does not include construction cost related to Lučko–Bosiljevo 2 section since that section was funded as a part of Rijeka–Zagreb motorway construction project through Autocesta Rijeka–Zagreb, current operator of that sector. The remainder of the A1 motorway, i.e., the sections south of the Bosiljevo 2 interchange are operated by Hrvatske autoceste.


  • Route description 1
  • Toll 2
  • Notable structures 3
  • History 4
    • King Tomislav Motorway 4.1
    • Dalmatina 4.2
    • Construction cost 4.3
  • Further construction 5
  • Traffic volume 6
  • Rest areas 7
  • Exit list 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Route description

An exit leading to the A6 motorway, as seen from the A1.
The A6 motorway branching off in Bosiljevo 2 interchange

The A1 motorway (Croatian: Autocesta A1) is a major north–south motorway in Croatia connecting the capital of the country, Zagreb, to the Dalmatia region, where the motorway follows a route parallel to the Adriatic coast. As a part of the road network of Croatia, it is a part of two major European routes: E65 PragueBratislava–Zagreb–RijekaSplitDubrovnik and E71 Budapest–Zagreb–KarlovacBihaćKnin–Split.[1][2] The motorway is of major importance to Croatia in terms of development of the economy; especially tourism and as a transit transport route. This has been reflected by an accelerated development of regions connected by the A1 motorway.[3] A part of the motorway is considered to be a segment of the Adriatic–Ionian motorway.[4] Once the latter motorway's connecting sections are completed, those currently spanned just by the Adriatic Highway as well as two-lane roads in Slovenia and Albania, the A1 will achieve genuine importance as a transit route.[5]

The motorway spans 478.9 kilometers (297.6 mi) between Zagreb (Lučko interchange) and Ploče via Split. The route serves Karlovac via D1, Gospić via D534, Zadar via D8 and D424 and Šibenik via D533. The A1 motorway consists of two traffic lanes and an emergency lane in each driving direction along its entire length. The sole exception is Drežnik Viaduct where there are no emergency lanes.[6] Almost all of the existing interchanges are trumpet interchanges, except for Lučko which is a stack. There are numerous rest areas along the motorway, providing various types of services ranging from simple parking spaces and restrooms to petrol stations, restaurants and hotels.[7][8][9] As of June 2011, the motorway has 33 interchanges, providing access to numerous towns and cities and the Croatian state road network.[10] The ultimate southern terminus of the motorway has been established to be near Dubrovnik.[11]

Drežnik viaduct seen from the motorway itself. Emergency lane normally found along the motorway disappears at the beginning of the viaduct.
Approach to Drežnik Viaduct

Between the Lučko and Bosiljevo 2 interchanges, the motorway follows Pan-European corridor Vb, and is concurrent with the Zagreb–Rijeka motorway.[12] The Bosiljevo 2 interchange distributes southbound A1 traffic flowing to Rijeka (via the A6 motorway) and to Split. That 67-kilometer (42 mi) segment of the motorway is operated by Autocesta Rijeka–Zagreb,[13] while the remainder of the motorway is operated by Hrvatske autoceste.[14][15][16]

An automatic traffic monitoring and guidance system is in place along the motorway. It consists of measuring, control and signaling devices, located in zones where driving conditions may vary—at interchanges, near viaducts, bridges, tunnels, and in zones where fog and strong wind are known to occur. The system comprises variable traffic signs used to communicate changing driving conditions, possible restrictions and other information to motorway users.[17]

The motorway route offers a scenic ride through rolling hills in the north, mountains in its central section, and along the Dalmatian coast in the south. It serves, either directly or via connecting roads, a large number of tourist destinations such as Bjelolasica in Gorski Kotar,[18] a large number of Adriatic Sea resorts and several national parks and nature parks. In Lika region those are Plitvice Lakes National Park, Sjeverni Velebit National Park and Velebit Nature Park, while in Dalmatia the motorway serves Paklenica National Park, Telašćica Nature Park, Kornati National Park, Lake Vrana Nature Park, Krka National Park and Biokovo Nature Park. The route also provides links to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Plitvice Lakes, Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, Palace of Diocletian in Split and the Historic City of Trogir.[19][20][21]


Six lane toll plaza
Ravča toll plaza

The A1 is a tolled motorway based on the vehicle classification in Croatia using a closed toll system integrated with the A6 motorway as the two connect in the Bosiljevo 2 interchange forming a unified toll system. Since the two motorways are operated by Autocesta Rijeka — Zagreb and Hrvatske autoceste, the toll collection system is operated jointly by the two operators.[22] The toll is payable in Croatian kuna, euro, major credit and debit cards and using a number of prepaid toll collection systems including various types of smart cards issued by the motorway operators and ENC – an electronic toll collection (ETC) which is shared at all motorways in Croatia (except the A2 motorway) and provides drivers use of dedicated lanes at toll plazas and a discounted toll rates.[23]

The A1 north of the Bosiljevo 2 interchange is operated by Autocesta Rijeka — Zagreb and the rest is operated by Hrvatske autoceste, both of which do not report company toll income separately for individual sections of various motorways. Total toll income reported by Hrvatske autoceste in the first half of 2011 was 508.1 million kuna (68.3 million euro). This figure pertains to the A1 south of the Bosiljevo 2 interchange as well as all other motorways operated by Hrvatske autoceste, however the A1 represents the longest and the busiest tolled motorway operated by Hrvatske autoceste. Toll income reported by Autocesta Rijeka — Zagreb for the first half of 2011 is 191.2 million kuna (25.7 million euro). This sum includes company toll income generated elsewhere, however the A1 section represents the busiest section of the motorway network operated by Autocesta Rijeka — Zagreb. Hrvatske autoceste and Autocesta Rijeka — Zagreb reported increase of the toll income compared to the same period of 2010 of 2.2% and 5% respectively.[24][25][26]

Summertime and holiday queues at Lučko mainline toll plaza can be considerable, a problem exacerbated during the usual weekend-to-weekend tourist stays at Croatia's coastal resorts.[27] In 2009, in an effort to address the problem, the Lučko mainline toll plaza was expanded to 15 lanes, and a single additional 10-lane toll plaza was built for fast cashless toll collection in Demerje.[28] The Demerje toll plaza is available via a motorway fork accessible to the A1 northbound traffic only. Vehicles using the Demerje toll plaza default to the original motorway route immediately past the Lučko mainline toll plaza, between the plaza and the Lučko interchange. The faster cashless system has raised the nominal capacity of the road from 2,325 to 11,150 vehicles per hour.[29] As of September 2010 northbound traffic leaving the A1 must exit the tolled motorway network, since the existing Zagreb bypass is not tolled, and then re-enter another tolled motorway. There are plans for the outer Zagreb bypass to be integrated into the tolled motorway network, as the ultimate solution for congestion at the Lučko toll plaza. That will require construction of a Horvati interchange south of the Lučko toll plaza.[30]

Notable structures

A total of 361 structures—bridges, viaducts, flyovers, underpasses, passages, wildlife crossings, and tunnels—have been completed on the motorway between Zagreb and Vrgorac, and calculations indicate that 18.6 percent of the route between Zagreb and Split is located on those structures, which is a quite considerable percentage for a motorway of this length.[19][31][32][33] By June 2011, Ravča-Vrgorac section was completed, including 5 viaducts, 4 flyovers and a tunnel.[34][35] An additional 15 structures were built on the section between Vrgorac and Ploče, plus on the connection towards the city of Ploče.[36][37]

Completed structures summary by sector[19][31][32][33][37]
Sector Total Bridges Viaducts Flyovers Underpasses Passages Tunnels Wildlife crossings
Lučko (Zagreb) — Bosiljevo 55 3 9 13 13 16 1 -
Bosiljevo 2 — Sveti Rok 116 16 17 38 29 3 5 4
Sveti Rok — Dugopolje (Split) 121 7 24 40 36 6 8 1
Dugopolje — Vrgorac 69 1 16 13 29 - 8* 2
Vrgorac — Karamatići** 15 - 7 2 2 - 4 -
Total** 376 27 73 167 109 25 26* 7
*including 3 cut-and-cover tunnels.
**Because of a common construction project and a common toll system, the totals also include the 5 km section of D425, from the Ploče interchange to the Karamatići toll plaza.[37]
Plasina Tunnel portal with variable traffic signs indicating one way traffic in the tunnel tube, now standard on the A1 motorway.
Plasina Tunnel portal

As of September 2010, there are seven tunnels longer than 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) on the A1 motorway. The most notable among them are: the 5,821-meter (19,098 ft) long Mala Kapela Tunnel between Ogulin and Brinje interchanges and the 5,768-meter (18,924 ft) long Sveti Rok Tunnel between Sveti Rok and Maslenica interchanges. The Mala Kapela and Sveti Rok tunnels are not only the largest individual structures on the motorway but they are also the longest tunnels in Croatia. The tunnels separate three distinct climate zones. The Mala Kapela Tunnel spans between the continental climate of the central Croatia and the mountain climate of Lika, while the Sveti Rok Tunnel provides a link between Lika and its mountain climate and the Mediterranean climate of Dalmatia.[38] Both of the Mala Kapela and Sveti Rok tunnels were originally operated as single tubes when they were opened for traffic in June 2005 until 30 May 2009, when the second tubes of the tunnels were also opened for traffic.[39] The other major tunnels on the A1 motorway are the 2,300-meter (7,500 ft) long Plasina Tunnel situated between Otočac and Perušić interchanges and the Grič, Brinje and Konjsko tunnels. Lengths of the latter three range between 1,122 meters (3,681 ft) and 1,542 meters (5,059 ft).

Reinforced concrete arch motorway bridge across Krka River
Krka Bridge

The longest bridge on the A1 motorway is the 546-meter (1,791 ft) long Dobra Bridge spanning Dobra River near Karlovac. Other major bridges on the route are the Gacka, Miljanica and Dabar bridges—all of them longer than 350 meters (1,150 ft).[7] Also, the A1 motorway comprises the 391-meter (1,283 ft) long Krka Bridge spanning Krka River and the 378-meter (1,240 ft) long Maslenica Bridge spanning Novsko Ždrilo strait. The Maslenica and Krka bridges are particularly significant as their respective main spans are 200 m (660 ft) long.[40][41]

The A1 motorway also comprises the longest viaduct in Croatia — the 2,485-meter (8,153 ft) long Drežnik Viaduct situated between the Karlovac and Bosiljevo 1 interchanges.[42] As of 2011, there are six other major viaducts completed on the route–— the Kotezi Viaduct, Modruš 1, Mokro Polje, Jezerane, Srijane and Rašćane viaducts. All of them are longer than 500 meters (1,600 ft).[7] The latest significant viaduct completed as a part of the Ravča–Vrgorac section is the Kotezi Viaduct at 1,214 meters (3,983 ft), surpassing all other viaducts on the route except for Drežnik Viaduct.[35] A dispute concerning naming of the Viaduct arose one month prior to opening of the motorway section containing the viaduct, and the structure was even signposted as the Bunina Viaduct for several days in June 2011, only to revert the name to the Kotezi Viaduct days prior to the opening ceremony itself.[43][44][45][46] The section also comprises the 402-meter (1,319 ft) long Šare Viaduct.[43]


An aerial view of Lučko interchange
Lučko interchange

The A1 motorway was originally designed in the early 1970s, albeit along a different route than the present Zagreb–Split motorway route. After suppression of the Croatian Spring and removal of the Croatian leadership that proposed and adopted the construction plan in 1971, all the work related to the Zagreb–Split motorway was cancelled. The plans were revived in the 1990s and new designs were developed to include a motorway section built between Zagreb and Karlovac into the design so that the section could be shared between Zagreb–Split and Zagreb–Rijeka motorways. Construction work started in 2000 and the motorway reached Split by 2005 and was extended towards Dubrovnik later on. Both in the 1970s and in the 2000s, construction of the Zagreb–Split motorway was perceived to symbolize rebuilding of national unity.[47][48]

King Tomislav Motorway

The A1 motorway route at Kupa-Kupa canal traffic sign. Fog driving markings are visible on the pavement.
The oldest section of the A1 motorway, near Karlovac

The Zagreb–Split motorway, now the A1 motorway, was one of three routes defined by the Parliament of the Socialist Republic of Croatia on 5 March 1971, as priority transport routes of Croatia that were to be developed as motorways. Originally the motorway was designed to follow a route from Zagreb to Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and then to Split via Knin. The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued its approval for the route in Bihać region in the same year. Construction of the motorway was initiated by a fundraising effort — a public loan. The funds gathered initially through the public loan were sufficient for construction of 20 kilometers (12 mi) of the motorway.[47]

The 39.3-kilometer (24.4 mi) long Zagreb–Karlovac section of the Zagreb–Rijeka motorway, now part of the A1 motorway, was completed in 1972. Further construction of motorways from Zagreb to Rijeka and Split was suspended for the next 28 years following a political decision of the Croatian leadership, newly installed during Yugoslav suppression of the Croatian Spring, to "stop megalomaniac projects".[47] It is considered that the true reason for the cancellation of the works was that the motorway was considered to be a "nationalist" project.[49] The conclusion is supported by the fact the road was spontaneously nicknamed

  • Promotional videos of A1 motorway
  • Exit list of A1

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See also

County km Exit Name[11] Destination[1][10] Notes
City of Zagreb 0.0 1 Lučko A3
Access to the A3 motorwayZagreb bypass (E70),[11] the A2 and A4 motorways and the city of Zagreb itself via Jadranska Avenue (Ž1040); Northbound A1 traffic defaults to six-lane Jadranska Avenue (Ž1040)
The northern terminus of European routes E65/E71 concurrency; The northern terminus of the motorway
Five level stack interchange, contains two loop ramps, but it still has five levels (including an exit serving Lučko via Puškarićeva street)
0.6 Lučko toll plaza Lučko mainline toll plaza, serving both southbound and northbound traffic; The plaza accepts cash only, while drivers using ETC or credit/debit card payment methods must exit the motorway via Demerje toll plaza.
1.1 Stupnik rest area Accessible to the southbound traffic only[8]
3.6 Demerje toll plaza Demerje mainline toll plaza access fork, accessible to northbound traffic only; The plaza accepts cashless payments only, while drivers using cash payment methods must exit the motorway via Lučko toll plaza. The traffic using this exit proceeds north along a three lane access road parallel to the main A1 route and rejoins it immediately to the north of Lučko toll plaza. There are no other exits available along the access road.
Zagreb County 14.2 1a Donja Zdenčina Ž3106 Connection to Klinča Sela[64]
The D36 state road is planned to be rerouted to this interchange.[63]
16.9 Desinec rest area
20.0 2 Jastrebarsko D310 Trumpet interchange providing access to Jastrebarsko
Karlovac 33.6 Draganić
38.6 3 Karlovac D1
Access to Karlovac via the D1/D3 (E71 concurrent at the junction); Access to Plitvice Lakes National Park.[19]
An at-grade intersection is located just outside the toll plaza providing access to the D36 state road.
The southern terminus of the European route E71 concurrency.
Drežnik Viaduct
Dobra Bridge
50.0 4 Novigrad D6 Access to Netretić and Jurovski Brod border crossing to Slovenia
62.9 5 Bosiljevo 1 D204 Access to Bosiljevo, Bosanci (D3) and Pribanjci border crossing to Slovenia
Vukova Gorica rest area
66.8 6 Bosiljevo 2 A6
Limited access trumpet interchange, providing access to the A6 motorway (E65) to Rijeka[11]
The first intermediate terminus of the European route E65 concurrency—the route north of this interchange is concurrent with the E65.
78.4 Dobra rest area
86.8 7 Ogulin D42 Connection to Ogulin, Oštarije and Josipdol, Klek Mountain and Bjelolasica sports centre[18]
Miljanica Bridge
Modruš 1 Viaduct
100.6 Modruš rest area
Karlovac /
Mala Kapela Tunnel
Lika‑Senj 109.2 Jezerane rest area Accessible to the southbound traffic only[9]
Mokro Polje Viaduct
Jezerane Viaduct
115.2 8 Brinje D23 Connection to Brinje and Križpolje
119.0 Brinje rest area
Brinje Tunnel
124.9 9 Žuta Lokva A7
A very short stretch of the A7 is in place at this interchange.[11] Motorway exit (and present A7 section) terminates in a junction with the D23 after approximately 1 kilometer (0.62 mi), just 300 meters (980 ft) to the north of junction of the D23 and D50 state roads. Provides connection to Senj, the D8 state road and island of Rab (to the west)
The second intermediate terminus of the European route E65 concurrency—the route south of this interchange is concurrent with the E65.
134.1 Brloška Dubrava rest area
137.8 10 Otočac D50 Connection to Otočac, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Sjeverni Velebit National Park and Velebit Nature Park[19]
Gacka Bridge
Plasina Tunnel
Grič Tunnel
152.9 Ličko Lešće rest area
159.8 Janjče rest area
169.7 11 Perušić Ž5155 Connection to Perušić (D50)
175.0 Lički Osik rest area
181.0 12 Gospić D534 Provides access to Gospić, Lički Osik, Karlobag and Korenica via the D25 and D50 state roads
191.5 Jadova rest area
201.1 Zir rest area
204.0 13 Gornja Ploča D522 Connection to Udbina (D1) and Plitvice Lakes National Park[19]
209.6 14 Sveti Rok D50 Connection to Gračac and Medak
Lika‑Senj / Zadar Sveti Rok Tunnel
Zadar 227.9 Marune rest area
239.4 Jasenice rest area
242.4 15 Maslenica D8 Connection to Starigrad, Karlobag, Posedarje, Obrovac and Paklenica National Park[19]
Maslenica Bridge
249.6 16 Posedarje D106 Connection to Pag Island and Posedarje (D8)
253.4 17 Zadar 1 D8 Access to Zadar (north) via Zagrebačka street; Also serving Nin, Vir and Silba
262.4 18 Zadar 2 D424 Connection to Zadar (south), Zadar Airport and Port of Zadar (Gaženica); Also serving Ugljan, Pašman, Žut, Dugi otok, Telašćica Nature Park and Sukošan[19]
271.0 Nadin rest area
278.7 19 Benkovac D27
Connection to Biograd na moru, Benkovac, Kornati National Park, Lake Vrana Nature Park,[19] Sveti Filip i Jakov and Pakoštane; A motorway interchange connector road links both to the D27 and D503 roads.
292.0 Pristeg rest area
Šibenik‑Knin 300.1 20 Pirovac D59 Connection to Vodice, Kornati National Park,[19] Pirovac and Murter Island
306.6 Prokljan rest area
310.1 21 Skradin D56 Connection to Krka National Park,[19] Skradin, Visovac Island and to Piramatovci (D59) to the north
Krka Bridge
315.0 Krka rest area
319.1 22 Šibenik D533 A connection to Šibenik (D8) to the south and Drniš and Knin to the north; Also serving Prvić, Zlarin, Žirje, Kaprije and Obonjan islands
Dabar Bridge
332.0 Vrpolje rest area
333.7 23 Vrpolje D531 Connection to Primošten and Perković
Split‑Dalmatia 343.5 Sitno rest area
351.0 24 Prgomet Ž6112 Connection to D8 at Plano (via Ž6091) and D58 near Prapatnice; The former facilitates a western approach to Kaštela.
356.3 Radošić rest area
364.7 24a Vučevica L67061 Serving Vučevica
369.6 Kozjak rest area
Konjsko Tunnel
378.4 25 Dugopolje D1
The main entrance to Split, via the D1 (E71) executed as an expressway, provides access to Split city centre and the D8 state route
390.2 26 Bisko D220 Connection to Imotski (via D60), Trilj and Kamensko border crossing to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Srijane Viaduct
392.6 Mosor rest area
403.5 27 Blato na Cetini D70 Connection to Omiš (D8) and Blato na Cetini
415.3 28 Šestanovac D39 Connection to Brela (D8) to the south and to Cista Provo (D60) and Aržano to the north
428.5 29 Zagvozd D532
Connection to D62 state road and Zagvozd via Ž6179; connection to Baška Voda (D532 state road).
Rašćane Gornje rest area
Rašćane Viaduct
455.3 30 Ravča D62 Connection to Ravča (and Makarska via D512); Access to Biokovo Nature Park[100]
Šare Viaduct
Kotezi Viaduct
465.1 30a Vrgorac Ž6208 Connection to Vrgorac and D62 road via Ž6208[35]
Veliki Prolog Viaduct
Dubrovnik‑Neretva 476.3 31 Ploče interchange D425
Connection to Ploče and Port of Ploče;[101][36]
Southern terminus of the E65 concurrency and the start of the E73 concurrency.
478.9 32 Metković A10
Connection to the A10 motorway;[102]
E73 concurrency terminus.
A further extension of the motorway to Dubrovnik is planned.[103]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Exit list

List of A1 motorway rest areas
County km Name[11] Operators Notes
City of Zagreb 1.1 Stupnik OMV Facilities found at Stupnik rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a café and restrooms.
Accessible to the southbound traffic only[83]
Zagreb County 16.9 Desinec Petrol
Facilities found at Desinec rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a restaurant, a motel, an ATM and restrooms.[84][85] The motel is operated by Marché.[86]
Karlovac 33.6 Draganić Tifon
Facilities found at Desinec rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a restaurant, a hotel and restrooms.[87][88] The hotel and the restaurant are operated by Marché and are accessible to the southbound traffic only.[89]
Vukova Gorica INA Facilities found at Vukova Gorica rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a restaurant, a motel and restrooms.[90][91]
78.4 Dobra Tifon
Facilities found at Dobra rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a restaurant, an ATM, showers and restrooms.[9][87][88] The hotel and the restaurant are operated by Marché.[92]
100.6 Modruš HAC Facilities found at Modruš rest area comprise picnicking tables and restrooms.[9]
Lika‑Senj 109.2 Jezerane HAC Facilities found at Jezerane rest area comprise picnicking tables and restrooms.
Accessible to the southbound traffic only[9]
119.0 Brinje INA Facilities found at Brinje rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol and diesel fuel, a café and restrooms.[9][91]
134.1 Brloška Dubrava HAC Parking area only[9]
152.9 Ličko Lešće HAC Parking area only[9]
159.8 Janjče OMV Facilities found at Janjče rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol and diesel fuel, a restaurant, a café and restrooms.[9][93]
175.0 Lički Osik HAC Facilities found at Lički Osik rest area comprise picnicking tables and restrooms.[9]
191.5 Jadova HAC Parking area only[9]
201.1 Zir INA
Facilities found at Zir rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a café and restrooms.[9][91] The facilities additionally available to the southbound traffic only are a restaurant and a motel.[9][94]
Zadar 227.9 Marune HAC
Facilities found at Marune rest area comprise a four star hotel, a café, a convenience store, picnicking tables and restrooms.[9][95]
239.4 Jasenice Tifon
Facilities found at Desinec rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a restaurant, showers and restrooms.[9][88] The restaurant is operated by Marché.[96]
271.0 Nadin OMV Facilities found at Nadin rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol and diesel fuel, a restaurant, a café and restrooms.[9][97]
292.0 Pristeg HAC Parking area only[9]
Šibenik‑Knin 306.6 Prokljan INA Facilities found at Prokljan rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol and diesel fuel, a café and restrooms.[9][91]
315.0 Krka HAC
Krka Commerce
Facilities found at Krka rest area comprise an a la carte restaurant, a café, a convenience store, picnicking tables and restrooms.[9][98]
332.0 Vrpolje Crobenz Facilities found at Vrpolje rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol and diesel fuel, a restaurant, a café, an ATM and restrooms.[9][99]
Split‑Dalmatia 343.5 Sitno HAC Parking area only[9]
356.3 Radošić HAC Parking area only; Accessible to both southbound and northbound traffic[9]
369.6 Kozjak INA Facilities found at Kozjak rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol, diesel fuel and LPG, a café and restrooms.[9][91]
392.6 Mosor Petrol Facilities found at Mosor rest area comprise a filling station selling petrol and diesel fuel, a café and restrooms.[85]
Rašćane Gornje HAC Facilities found at Rašćane Gornje rest area comprise parking areas and restrooms only.[9]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

The primary motorway operators Hrvatske autoceste (HAC) and Autocesta Rijeka – Zagreb lease the A, B and C type rest areas to various operators through public tenders. As of September 2010, there are five such rest area operators on the A1 motorway: INA, OMV, Tifon, Petrol and Crobenz. The rest area operators are not permitted to sub-lease the fuel operations; Tifon and Petrol operated rest areas have restaurants or hotels operated by Marché, a Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts subsidiary. All of the A1 motorway rest areas, except Stupnik and Jezerane, are accessible to both directions of the motorway traffic. The rest areas normally operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.[8][9]

As of September 2010, there are 26 rest areas operating along the A1 motorway,[8] and additional rest areas are planned along the existing sections of the route and those sections under construction. Legislation provides for four types of rest areas designated as types A through D—A-type rest areas comprise a full range of amenities including a filling station, a restaurant and a hotel or a motel; B-type rest areas have no lodging; C-type rest areas are very common and include a filling station and a café, but no restaurants or accommodation; D-type rest areas offer parking spaces only, possibly some picnicking tables and benches and restrooms.[80] Even though the rest areas found along the A1 motorway generally follow this ranking system, there are considerable variations as some of them offer extra services. The most notable example is Krka rest area—even though it has no filling station, there is, for instance, a restaurant available. The filling stations regularly have small convenience stores and some of them offer LPG fuel. EuroTest, an international association of 18 European automobile clubs spearheaded by German automobile club ADAC, surveyed three of the A1 motorway rest areas in 2009: Krka, Lički Osik and Modruš (in case of the latter, both eastbound and westbound). All of the rest areas were rated as very good, especially in terms of facilities offered.[81][82]

Cars queuing up at a filling station. A typical motorway rest area café and convenience store are visible in the background.
Janjče rest area

Rest areas

Traffic is regularly counted by means of traffic census at toll stations and reported by Autocesta Rijeka–Zagreb and Hrvatske autoceste—the operators of the northern and the southern portions of the motorway respectively. The reported traffic volume gradually decreases as the motorway chainage increases and as it passes by various major destinations and the interchanges that serve them. Thus the greatest volume of traffic is registered between Jastrebarsko and Lučko interchanges – with 31,432 vehicle annual average daily traffic (AADT), and 53,216 vehicle average summer daily traffic (ASDT) figures as that is the section closest to Zagreb. South of the Bosiljevo 2 interchange the first major drop of traffic volume is recorded on the A1 motorway, due to traffic transferring to the A6 motorway towards Rijeka. Other similar changes of the traffic volume are registered near Zadar (served by Zadar 1 and Zadar 2 interchanges) and Split served by Dugopolje interchange. Substantial variations observed between AADT and ASDT are normally attributed to the fact that the motorway carries significant tourist traffic. The seasonal increase traffic volume variations ranges 69% on the busiest, Lučko–Jastrebarsko section to 160% as measured on Sveti Rok–Maslenica section. The summer season traffic volume increase on the motorway is 120%.[20][26]

Bar graph of 2009 A1 traffic volume counting data.
Traffic volume measured on the A1 motorway (2009)

Traffic volume

A planned modification of the existing route encompasses construction of a directional T interchange to replace the existing trumpet interchange built at Žuta Lokva. The new interchange is only planned to be built once the A7 motorway is completed between the Rijeka bypass and Žuta Lokva. It shall not feature any weaving, similar to the Bosiljevo 2 interchange of the A1 and A6 motorways.[11]

In April 2012, government of Bosnia-Herzegovina proposed a route in Neum area to connect Ploče and Dubrovnik while serving Neum.[76] That entails branching of the A1 motorway 7 to 8 kilometres (4.3 to 5.0 miles) west of Neum, one branch serving Neum and the other Dubrovnik.[77] As of July 2012 no decision was reached on the section of the A1 route.[78][79]

The A1 motorway route between Ploče and Doli[71] has not been fixed yet, as several options exist, all of which require the route to cross either an embayment of the Adriatic Sea or a part of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina,[72] the former being associated with construction of the 2,404-metre (7,887 ft) Pelješac Bridge spanning the coast south of Ploče and the Pelješac peninsula.[73] Construction of the bridge began in May 2008, after a contract to build it was signed in 2007. The bridge was originally scheduled to be completed by May 2012.[74] Pelješac Bridge construction contract worth 1.94 billion Kuna (c. 259 million Euro) was cancelled due to lack of funds on 17 May 2012. Construction of the bridge was significantly delayed and effectively suspended since 2010 for the same reason.[75]

Area around the city of Neum (marked red) separates Dubrovnik and Pelješac from the rest of Croatia

Hrvatske autoceste, operator of the southern portion of the A1 motorway, ordered the execution of design documents, feasibility and environmental impact studies for the DoliOsojnik section of the motorway that is to be constructed near Dubrovnik. Commencement of construction on this section was originally scheduled for 2009.[68] Despite an official ceremony to mark commencement of construction works on the section,[69] no works beyond design and study development has been carried out there.[70]

The ultimate southern terminus of the motorway has been established by applicable legislation to be near Dubrovnik.[11]

Construction works in a cut in front of a tunnel.
Motorway construction works in progress near Vrgorac in 2010.

Further construction

Construction cost incurred on the Dugopolje–Ploče sector of the motorway between 2005 and 2008 was reported at 4.1 billion kuna and additional 1.8 billion kuna of construction expenses are planned until the end of 2012 (representing approximately 560 and 245 million euro, respectively). The latter figure includes construction of the D425 state road but it does not include full completion of the Vrgorac–Ploče section.[30]

The construction cost for the Bosiljevo 2–Split (Dugopolje interchange) sector of the motorway was originally estimated by the government in 2001 and presented as "3 x 3 x 3" – that is, the 300 kilometers (190 mi) of the motorway was to be completed in 3 years at a cost of 3 billion marks (approximately 12.65 billion kuna at the time, or approximately 1.533 billion euros).[66] In 2010, Hrvatske autoceste reported that the average cost of one kilometer of Bosiljevo–Split motorway was 7.1 million euro, which would mean that the total construction cost was 2.21 billion euro for that 311.4 kilometers (193.5 mi) long segment.[67]

Construction cost

Construction of the motorway along its Split–Dubrovnik sector started once the motorway sectors north of Split were complete, and the section between Split (Dugopolje interchange) and Šestanovac interchange opened on 27 June 2007.[58] The last sections to be completed to date are Šestanovac–Ravča, opened on 22 December 2008,[59][60] Ravča-Vrgorac section opened on 30 June 2011,[35] and the Vrgorac-Ploče section opened on 20 December 2013.[36] In the 2000s, as the motorway construction works were gradually progressing further south, the motorway earned its unofficial, yet widely used name—Dalmatina in Croatian press because it connected Zagreb to Dalmatia.[61] In 2010, Donja Zdenčina interchange was opened between Lučko and Jastrebarsko interchanges,[62][63][64] and in June 2012, Novigrad interchange opened bringing number of motorway exits to 33.[65]

Inside of Mala Kapela Tunnel when operated as a single tube tunnel featuring a double solid line dividing the traffic lanes and variable traffic signs indicating two way traffic in the tunnel.
Mala Kapela Tunnel, prior to opening of the 2nd tunnel tube

The A1 was a showpiece project of the Croatian government and a symbol of uniting the country.[48] The first attempt to revive the project in earnest occurred in the 1993, when the excavation of Sveti Rok Tunnel began.[54] More comprehensive construction work started in 2000 and Karlovac–Vukova Gorica section opened in 2001.[42] In 2003, the first sections not shared with the Zagreb–Rijeka Motorway were completed: Vukova Gorica–Mala Kapela Tunnel and Gornja Ploča–Zadar 2.[19] Mala Kapela Tunnel–Gornja Ploča, Zadar 2–Pirovac and Vrpolje–Dugopolje sections opened in 2004 and Mala Kapela Tunnel itself and Pirovac–Vrpolje section opened in 2005 marking completion of the Zagreb–Split Motorway, culminating with the grand opening of Karlovac — Split section on 26 June 2005.[49][55][56][57]

In the beginning of the 1990s, construction of the motorway was further postponed because of onset of the Croatian War of Independence. The decade saw renewed discussion regarding construction of the motorway, including renewed considerations of its route. Soon, the originally devised route running through Bihać was set aside and two new routes were considered: One of them was a modified version of the original route, bypassing Bihać and running through the Plitvice Lakes region while the other was a completely new route further to the west via Gospić and Zadar, which was eventually accepted for construction. Both of the alternative routes proposed that the Zagreb–Karlovac motorway already completed in 1972 were to be used as the northernmost section of the Zagreb–Split and Zagreb–Rijeka motorways.[51][52][53]

Reinforced concrete arch bridge across Novsko Ždrilo strait near Maslenica.
Maslenica Bridge carrying the A1 motorway



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