Krk Bridge

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Krčki most
Brug krk.jpg
Coordinates45°14′40″N 14°34′00″E / 45.24444°N 14.56667°E / 45.24444; 14.56667Coordinates: 45°14′40″N 14°34′00″E / 45.24444°N 14.56667°E / 45.24444; 14.56667
CarriesRoad vehicles
CrossesKrk Channel (Adriatic Sea)
LocaleWestern Croatia
Official nameKrčki most
Maintained byAutocesta Rijeka-Zagreb d.d.
Designconcrete arch bridge
Total length1430 m
Width11.40 m
Longest span390 m (416 m underwater)
Clearance below67.02 m, smaller bow 54.56 m
Constructed byMostogradnja
Construction start1976
Construction end1980
Construction cost$50 million USD[2]
OpenedJuly 19, 1980[3]
Toll21–138 kunas,[4] charged only toward the island

Krk Bridge (Croatian: Krčki most) is a 1430 m long reinforced concrete arch bridge connecting the Croatian island of Krk to the mainland. Carrying over a million vehicles per year, it is the only tolled bridge in Croatia that is not part of a motorway. The longer of the bridge's two arches is the longest concrete arch in the world outside of China and among the longest arches of any construction. The bridge was completed and opened in July 1980 and originally named Titov most ("Tito's bridge") in honor of Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, who had died two months earlier.[5]. The bridge has since been renamed Krk Bridge or Croatian: Krčki most. [6]


The bridge was designed by Ilija Stojadinović in cooperation with Vukan Njagulj and Bojan Možina, and built by Mostogradnja Belgrade and Hidroelektra Zagreb between 1976 and 1980. It was designed as a cantilever bridge with temporary cable-stays. Structurally, the bridge consists of two reinforced concrete arch spans, which rest on the islet of St. Mark (Croatian: Sv. Marko) between Krk and the mainland. The length of the longer arch is 390 m (actually 416 m, a part of the bow is in the water), which made it the longest concrete arch at the time of construction, the distinction it held until it was surpassed by Wanxian Bridge (425 m length of arch) in 1997.[3]


Krk Bridge connects the island's 19,383 inhabitants (as of 2011) and its tourist resorts to Jadranska magistrala, the main road along the Adriatic coast. It also connects the city of Rijeka to Rijeka Airport, which is situated on Krk. In the first 20 years of its existence, the bridge was crossed by 27 million vehicles, more than double of ferry traffic to and from the island. The increasing levels of traffic warrant a larger replacement bridge which is currently in planning stages.

Krk Bridge and its surroundings

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  1. ^ Simović 2000, p. 440
  2. ^ I. Stipanović Oslaković (2008), Case study: LCC analysis for Krk Bridge (PDF), Civil Engineering Institute of Croatia, Zagreb, Croatia, retrieved 3 August 2014
  3. ^ a b Simović 2000, p. 432
  4. ^ "Krčki most". (in Croatian). Hrvatske autoceste. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ Simović 2000, p. 436
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