D8 road (Croatia)

D8 road (Croatia)

D8 state road shield

D8 state road
Route information
Part of European route E61 European route E65 European route E80
Length: 643.1 km (399.6 mi)
Major junctions
From: Slovenian G7 road shield Slovenian G7 road at Pasjak border crossing
  A7 in Rupa and Jurdani interchanges
A8 in Opatija junction
D40 near Bakar
D23 in Senj
A1 in Maslenica and Posedarje interchanges
D1 in Split
D413 and
D513 in Ploče
D9 in Opuzen
D223 near Dubrovnik
To: Bundesstraße 2 number.svg Montenegrin M2 road at Karasovići border crossing
Counties: Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva
Major cities: Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Makarska, Ploče, Dubrovnik
Highway system

State roads in Croatia

D8 state road in Bakarac running along the coastline
D8 state road near Dramalj
Maslenica Bridge carrying D8 state road
Šibenik Bridge carrying D8 state road
D8 state road between Split and Omiš
Klek border crossing
Franjo Tuđman Bridge near Dubrovnik

D8 state road comprises Croatian section of Adriatic Highway, and it runs from Pasjak border crossing to Slovenia via Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Opuzen and Dubrovnik to the border with Montenegro at Karasovići.[1] Most of the D8 state road is still a two-lane road, excepting rare four-lane stretches. Total length of the road through Croatia is 643.1 kilometres (399.6 mi).[2]

Until recent times the road has been the primary route connecting Adriatic coastal parts of Croatia. Since the 2000s multilane motorways have taken over most of its traffic, and yet more motorways are still being built along the coast. The motorways parallel to the road are A7 (Rupa broder crossing - Rijeka - Sveti Kuzam), A6 (Rijeka - Bosiljevo) and A1 (Zagreb - Bosiljevo - Zadar - Split - Vrgorac), representing sections of proposed Adriatic Ionian motorway.[3] Since D8 state road closely follows the well-indented Croatian coastline, travel is considerably longer and less safe compared to the motorways because of numerous blind curves and at-grade intersections. D8 state road is still popular as an alternative to the tolled motorways, so the road carries fairly constant traffic during most of the year. The traffic intensifies in the summer, because of substantial traffic to touristic destinations.

The section from Rijeka to Senj experiences heavy traffic in particular because many motorists are unwilling to take the longer route along A6 and A1. This problem used to be further exacerbaced before 2009 when A6 still had slow semi-highway parts on the Rijeka-Bosiljevo route. This section shall remain congested at peak intervals until eventual completion of A7 motorway between Rupa and Žuta Lokva.

Since parallel A1 motorway ends at Vrgorac, approximately 20 km (10 mi) northwest of Ploče, southbound A1 traffic generally switches to D8 state road. Further 30 km (20 mi) after Ploče D8 road terminates at Klek border crossing to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as Adriatic Highway route runs across a tiny strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina territory around town of Neum. As the route reenters Croatia at Zaton Doli border crossing D8 state road resumes, running to Dubrovnik along the coastline. East of Dubrovnik the road passes by Dubrovnik Airport and reaches the border with Montenegro at Karasovići border crossing to Montenegro.[1]

There are official plans to build an expressway bypassing Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina entirely via a series of tunnels and bridges, Pelješac Bridge being the most notable among them. The route would diverge from current D8 route south of Ploče, cross the bridge to Pelješac peninsula, form a junction to D414 state road and rejoin present D8 route near Doli. The expressway is to be tolled. So far no official road number has been assigned to the planned route, even though Pelješac Bridge construction was started. It is also possible that D8 designation shall be transferred from the bypassed D8 section to the expressway.[4]

D8 is the longest state road in Croatia at 643.1 km (399.6 mi).

The road, as well as all other state roads in Croatia, is managed and maintained by Hrvatske ceste, a state-owned company.[5]


Traffic volume

Traffic is regularly counted and reported by Hrvatske ceste, operator of the road.[6] Substantial variations between annual (AADT) and summer (ASDT) traffic volumes are attributed to the fact that the road carries substantial tourist traffic.

Traffic volume on the D8 state road varies greatly, as the road runs through areas of more or less developed tourist industry. Furthermore the road runs through or near a number of major Croatian cities, such as Rijeka, Zadar and Split which add to the traffic volume significantly. Thus the most congested section of the D8 state road is found in the city of Split, between Solin and Stobreč, where the greatest AADT figures are regularly recorded, far exceeding comparable figures of the busiest motorway sections in Croatia. Conversely, the lowest traffic volume on the D8 road is observed near Karlobag due to comparatively less developed tourism and absence of major cities in the area. The AADT recorded on the D8 road observed in Split (Solin and Stobreč) is nearly 50 times greater than in Karlobag.

Note: All the traffic counting sites are located along the D8 road.

Major intersections

Listed settlements contain additional intersections with local and/or non-categorized roads.
The intersections are at-grade except where otherwise noted.

County km Location Junction Notes[7]
Primorje-Gorski Kotar 0 Pasjak border crossing Slovenian G7 road shield G7
Pasjak border crossing to Slovenia.[1]
Northern terminus of the road and of the European route E61; Northbound D8 traffic defaults to Slovenian G7 road
3 Pasjak
5 Šapjane
6 Ž5017 Connection to Rupa, Škalnica and Saršoni
6 Rupa interchange A7
Connection to A7 motorway Rupa interchange and to Rupa border crossing to Slovenia; The D8 and the E61 north of the interchange are concurrent; A parclo interchange
15 Permani Ž5012 To Vodice and Jelovice border crossing to Slovenia
Ž5016 To Breza
16 Mučići
16-18 Jurdani A7
Connection (via a short connector) to the A7 motorway (E61) in Jurdani interchange (executed as a trumpet interchange)
19 Jušići Ž5019 To Spinčići and Kastav
20-23 Matulji B8
Connection to the A8 motorway (E751) in Opatija junction (executed as an at-grade intersection)
D66 To Opatija and Lovran
Ž5051 To Opatija
23-37 Rijeka D304 To Kastav and the A7 motorway Diračje interchange (E61)
D403 To the Port of Rijeka (west) and the A7 motorway in Škurinje interchange (E61)
D3 To Karlovac and the A6 motorway in Čavle interchange (E65)
D404 To the Port of Rijeka (Brajdica Terminal) and the A7 motorway in Draga interchange (E65)
Ž5054 To the Orehovica interchange. The interchange allows A6 and A7 traffic to exit to the Ž5054, but it does not permit access to the interchange from the county road.
Ž5057 Connecting areas within the city of Rijeka itself only
38-40 Kostrena
44 D40
To the A7 motorway Sveti Kuzam interchange (E65), the A6 motorway Čavle interchange (E65) and Kukuljanovo industrial zone and Bakar; The northern terminus of the D8/E65 concurrency
47 Ž5060 To Bakar and Meja
51 Bakarac
53-54 Kraljevica
55 Ž5065 To Kraljevica
55 D102
To Krk and Cres (via the D102 and the A6 motorway Oštrovica interchange (E65) (via the D523); A diamond interchange
59 D501 To the A6 motorway Oštrovica interchange (E65)
60 Ž5088 To Jadranovo (the Ž5088 loops between the D8 and Jadranovo and they form two intersections)
61 Ž5088 To Jadranovo
65 Ž5090 To Dramalj
66-69 Crikvenica Ž5091 The Ž5091 connects parts of Crikvenica only
70-72 Selce Ž5092 The Ž5092 connects parts of Selce only
72 Ž5062 To Jargovo, Bribir, Lukovo and Fužine
76-79 Novi Vinodolski Ž5064 To Bribir, Drvenik and Križišće
Ž5094 To Bater and Breze
81 Povile
85 Klenovica Ž5109 The Ž5109 connects to further parts of Klenovica only
86 Ž5110 To Krivi Put and Prokike
93 Sibinj
Lika-Senj 98-101 Senj D23
To the A1 motorway in Žuta Lokva interchange and to Josipdol; The D8 and the E65 are concurrent north of the intersection, where the E65 switches between the D8 (north of Senj) and the D23
106 Kalic
109 Sveti Juraj Ž5126 To Krasno Polje, Velika Plana, Smiljan and Gospić
136 D405 To Jablanac and ferry connection to Mišnjak, Rab (D105)
149 D406 To Prizna and ferry connection to Žigljen, Pag (D106)
156 Cesarica
158 Ribarica
162 Karlobag D25 To Gospić
181 Lukovo Šugarje
191 Barić Draga
Zadar 198 Tribanj Krušćica
200 Tribanj Šibuljina
209-211 Starigrad Ž6008 To Paklenica National Park
214 Seline
220 Modric
222 Rovanjska
224 Maslenica interchange A1
Connection to the A1 motorway Maslenica interchange (E65) via a short connector; The Maslenica interchange is executed as a trumpet
225 D54 To Maslenica and Zaton Obrovački
226 Maslenica Bridge
231 Posedarje
232 D106 To Pag and the A1 motorway Posedarje interchange (E65)
235 Ž6258 To Islam Latinski
236 Zadar 1 interchange A1
To the A1 motorway Zadar 1 interchange (E65), reached via a short connector; The interchange is executed as a trumpet
240 Poličnik
246 Murvica
250 Ž6018 To Crno and Babindub
251-256 Zadar D306 To Nin and Vir
D407 To Zadar ferry port - ferry access to Preko, Ugljan Island (D110), Brbinj and Sali, Dugi otok (D109), Mali Lošinj (D100) as well as to , Rava, Molat, Sestrunj, Zverinac, Ist, Silba, Olib and Premuda[8]
D424 To Port of Zadar, Gaženica, Zadar Airport and the A1 motorway Zadar 2 interchange
Ž6262 To the Babindub interchange of the D424 expressway (via Benkovačka Street)
Ž6037 Connection to the Ž6036 road
Ž6038 The Ž6038 connects to areas of the city of Zadar only
257-259 Bibinje
262 Sukošan Ž6040 To the Tromilja interchange of the D424 expressway
269 Sveti Petar na moru Ž6045 To Donje Raštane
274 Turanj
275 Sveti Filip i Jakov Ž6046 To Sikovo
278 Biograd na moru D503 To Biograd ferry port, Benkovac and the A1 motorway Benkovac interchange (E65); Hybrid parclo interchange
281 Ž6063 To Crvena Luka ferry port
284-285 Pakoštane
288 Drage
Šibenik-Knin 300-302 Pirovac Ž6068 To Kašić Banjevački and Stankovci
304 D59
To Knin (via the D59) and to Tisno and Murter (via the D121)
307 Ž6086 To Tribunj
312-313 Vodice Ž6087 To Srima; The Ž6087 loops from Vodice to Srima and back to the D8
316 Ž6087 To Srima
L65036 To Jadrija; Trumpet interchange
318 D27 To Benkovac
Ž6088 To Zaton
Šibenik Bridge
321-329 Šibenik D33 To Šibenik ferry port, Drniš and Knin; Parclo interchange
D533 To the A1 motorway Šibenik interchange (E65); Trumpet interchange
D58 To Port of Šibenik and Boraja; Parclo interchange
329 Ž6107 To Solaris resort; Modified trumpet interchange
330-333 Brodarica
335 Žaborić Ž6108 To Jadrtovac
340 Grabeštica Ž6127 To Sapina Doca
351-352 Primošten
358 Ž6126 To Rogoznica
363 Ž6128 To Dvornica
366 Svinca
Split-Dalmatia 370-372 Marina Ž6130 To Gustirna, Mitlo and Blizna Donja
Ž6135 To Vinišće
374 Poljica Ž6131 To Vrsine
378-382 Seget D58 To Boraja; Diamond interchange, accessible to northbound D8 traffic and traffic joining southbound D8 only
Ž6132 To Sorići and Seged Donji
Ž6133 To Trogir
382-385 Trogir Ž6133 To the D315 road
Ž6134 To the D126 road
387 D409
To Trogir and Split Airport (via the D315) and to Plano via the Ž6091
391 Kaštela
403 Ž6137 To Kaštela; Partial diamond interchange, accessible to northbound D8 traffic and traffic joining southbound D8 only
404 Ž6139
To Split (via the Ž6139 and Solinska Street) and to Solin and Klis (via the Ž6253)
405-410 Split D1
To A1 motorway Dugopolje interchange (E65); A roundabout interchange with the D8 as the primary road
D410 To Split to the Port of Split - Jadrolinija ferry access to Supetar, Bol and Milna on Brač Island, Stari Grad and Jelsa on Hvar Island, Rogač on Šolta Island, as well as to Vis and Lastovo islands.[8][9] A partial diamond interchange
Ž6140 The Ž6140 connects the D8 to parts of the city of Split only
Ž6143 To Kamen
411 Stobreč Ž6142 To Žrnovnica and Tugare
Ž6144 To TTTS business zone
414 Podstrana Ž6162 The Ž6162 connects the D8 to parts of Podstrana only
422 Jesenice
423 Dugi Rat
426 Duće
427-430 Omiš D70 To A1 motorway Blato na Cetini interchange and Gata (E65)
Ž6166 To to Kučiće, Slime and the D39 state road
433 Stanići
434 Čelina
437 Ž6168 To Lokva
443 Marušići Ž6167 To Mimice and Lokva
448 D39 To A1 motorway Šestanovac interchange (E65) and Aržano
452 Ž6195 To Brela
454-456 Baška Voda D532 To A1 motorway Zagvozd interchange (E65); The route is scheduled to open in 2011
463-467 Makarska D411 To Makarska ferry port
D512 To A1 motorway Ravča interchange (E65)
Ž6196 To Veliko Brdo
Ž6197 To connecting the D8 and the D411 via an alternate route running through Makarska
470 Tučepi
473 Podgora Ž6198 To the D512 state road
484 Živogošće
493 Drvenik D412 To Drvenik ferry port
497 Zaostrog
501 Podaca
503 Brist
505 Gradac
Dubrovnik-Neretva 516-519 Ploče D413 To Port of Ploče
To A1 motorway Vrgorac interchange and Bosnia and Herzegovina via the D62 and Mali Prolog border crossing; The D8 and the D65 are concurrent south of the intersection
Ž6126 To the D413 state road
520 Čeveljuša interchange D425 Expressway to the D513 state road; As of September 2011, the route is incomplete and planned to connect Ploče to the A1 motroway Ploče interchage; Connection to the D513 is provisional; A trumpet interchange
522 Ž6217 To Rogotin and Komin
523 Neretva Bridge
543 Duboka Area adjacent to Duboka (to the west) is site of the north abutment of the Pelješac Bridge
546 Klek
548 Klek border crossing The road extends south of the border crossing
9.3-kilometre (5.8 mi) section of Adriatic Highway through Neum corridor in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dubrovnik-Neretva 549 Zaton Doli border crossing
554 Ž6227 To Sveti Nikola
560 D414 To Ston and Orebić ferry port
564 Doli
575-576 Slano
590 Trsteno Ž6228 To Slano and Rudine
593 Orašac
596-600 Zaton
602-603 Lozica Ž6254 To Mokošica, Komolac, and Sustjepan (D420)
604 Franjo Tuđman Bridge
604-608 Dubrovnik D420
To Gruž (Port of Dubrovnik) and Sustjepan; The D8 and the European route E80 are concurrent south of the intersection
612 D223 To Gornji Brgat and Gornji Brgat border crossing to Bosnia and Herzegovina
613 Čibača
615 Kupari
616 Župa Dubrovačka Ž6243 To Petrača, Grbavac and Brgat
617 Mlini
618 Zavrelje
619 Soline
620 Plat
623 Zvekovica Ž6238 To Cavtat
Ž6239 To Drvenik
Ž6266 To Vučje Ždrijelo
627 Dubrovnik Airport Dubrovnik Airport is directly accessed by the D8
629 Ćilipi
636 Ž6240 To Radovčići
637-638 Gruda Ž6241 To Dubravka
640 Karasovići D516 To Vitaljina and Konfin border crossing to Montenegro
643 Karasovići border crossing Bundesstraße 2 number.svg M2
Border crossing to Montenegro; The southern terminus of the route, extending as Montenegrin route M2 and the southern terminus of the D8 and European routes E65 and E80
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
     Concurrency terminus     Closed/Former     Incomplete access     Unopened

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Map of border crossings and customs office areas" (in Croatian). Customs Administration of the Republic of Croatia. March 6, 2008. http://www.carina.hr/CURH/Dokumenti/Globalni/Karta_Carinarnica_RH.pdf. 
  2. ^ "Decision on categorization of public roads as state roads, county roads and local roads" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. February 17, 2010. http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2010_02_17_410.html. 
  3. ^ Radimir Čačić (November 2006). "Adriatic-Ionian Transport Corridor on the territory of the Republic of Croatia" (PDF). Regional Economic Forum Southeast Europe. http://www.ref-see.org/pdf/Radimir%20Cacic.pdf. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pelješki most ide dalje" (in Croatian). Slobodna dalmacija. May 11, 2009. http://wwww.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Dubrovnik/tabid/75/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/54085/Default.aspx. 
  5. ^ "Public Roads Act" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. December 14, 2004. http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2004_12_180_3130.html. 
  6. ^ "Traffic counting on the roadways of Croatia in 2009 - digest" (in English). Hrvatske ceste. May 1, 2010. http://www.hrvatske-ceste.hr/WEB%20-%20Legislativa/brojenje-prometa/CroDig2009.pdf. 
  7. ^ "Regulation on motorway markings, chainage, interchange/exit/rest area numbers and names" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. May 6, 2003. http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/305463.html. 
  8. ^ a b "Jadolinija ferry service" (in English). May 11, 2010. http://www.jadrolinija.hr/default.aspx?lang=2. 
  9. ^ "LNP ferry service schedule" (in English). May 11, 2010. http://www.lnp.hr/plovidbeni-red.aspx?l=2. 

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