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People Of Croatian Town Furious Over Road That Leads To Nowhere

People Of Croatian Town Furious Over Road That Leads To Nowhere

There has been outrage in a southern Croatian town after the construction of a new tunnel has been halted.

The Omis Bridge was supposed to be a fast-traffic connection for a town that sees major traffic jams every day, and was meant to alleviate the town's congestion problem - Omis is the only town on the Croatian coast in which the main coastal road, Jadranska Magistrala, passes through the town centre.

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Credit: RTL Danas
Credit: RTL Danas

The construction of the bridge started six years ago, in a project that cost taxpayers what equates to a whopping £36 million ($47.3m), but sadly it was never finished, reports the Mirror.

A 1,471-metre-long tunnel was dug, with the next step being to build a bridge connecting to another tunnel, but then all of a sudden everything stopped and now the money is reportedly being spent elsewhere.

Now, instead of a connecting bridge, there is just a giant hole where the bridge should connect and one very expensive road that literally leads to nowhere.

As you can imagine, residents of the town aren't happy.

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"This is all fun for them, maybe they think Batman lives there," joked one resident as he tried to make light of the frustrating situation.

Credit: RTL Danas
Credit: RTL Danas

"This juncture is the worst in Omis, but there is no money - nothing can be done," continued the resident when he spoke to local TV news channel RTL.

Other residents are refusing to see the funny side of the situation.

"It takes me half an hour to reach my home, and three hours to reach Split and Makarsa," complained one agitated Omis resident.

RTL have said the town's authorities have admitted that the unfinished project 'is shameful' and have promised to resume negotiations over restarting work on the bridge.

Credit: RTL Danas
Credit: RTL Danas

The town's mayor, Ivo Tomasovic, told RTL: "After the summer holidays end, we expect there will be a public tender for the construction of the bridge.

"The tender should be completed by the end of the year if everything goes according to plan. The work should begin sometime next year."

Featured Image Credit: RTL Danas

Topics: World News, Croatia, Interesting

Megan Walsh

Megan is a freelance journalist and sub-editor with a BAHons degree in Journalism and Communications. Since graduating from London Metropolitan University, she has worked as a sub-editor and writer for Candis Magazine and later contributed to publications such as The Skinny, Creative Tourist and Huffington Post, among others.