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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:57 AM   #1361
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The story with this stupid part of road goes on for years. Initially, it was planned as a 1x1 expressway with hard shoulders, but suddenly they decided (overnight) to increase the width of the roadway to 2x2 without emergency lanes and with lacking planning.

Anyway, our only hope for the road to be reconstructed as a real motorway based on modern motorway specifications (hard shoulder, width of the roadway, etc.) was the current reconstruction made by TERNA Company. Unfortunately, they only have managed to fix a couple of sharp curves by building two viaducts, two cut&covers and an arched bridge (not ready yet) at the landslide spot. Of course, as you have seen from the last image and the video, the reconstruction does not include hard shoulders.

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Old March 19th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #1362
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I had the chance to drive on that part before it was destroyed by a landslide in 2003. I regretted the fact that there was no hard shoulder. As I can see in the video, after almost 10 years of reconstruction, there will still be no hard shoulder.
At least, after 10 years this section will open again. The delay of 10 years was too much. When the all sections will be completed distance between Athens and Kalamata will be 2 or 2,5 hours from 3,5 hours now.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #1363
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Greek members, check the roadside rest area, I asked there for some nice Greek songs, I expect many recommendations!
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Old April 9th, 2012, 01:25 PM   #1364
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Rest Areas on A-7

Its a nice side about Rest-Areas on the Motorway A-7.

http://content-mcdn.feed.gr/pegasus/..._id5440892.pdf
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Old April 14th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #1365
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Video showing the progress of the construction as well as the already completed parts of the A7 motorway (see map for location).



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Old April 15th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #1366
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If I interpreted Google translation of http://www.ypodomes.com/show_newsid.php?news_id=12597 correctly, 2014 is the likely onset of works on the Lefkada Underwater Tunnel (and connecting roadway), assuming all goes well. Hope they put up some new (or old!) route shields while they're at it!
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Should be complted by 2015
A3 / E65 Lamia – Karditsa – Trikala – Panagia (A2) – doubtful for section north of Trikala
A5 / E55 / E951: Sections Antirrio – Kefalovryso, Amvrakia – Arta and Nea Filippiada – Ioannina
A9 / E55: Pyrgos – Tsakona (A7) – extremely doubtful; may be abandoned (see note below)
NR42 / E952: Lefkada Underwater Tunnel
NR55: Xanthi (A2) – Ehinos – Melivoia, BG border
NR92: Hersonisos (A90) – New Irakleio Airport – should be completed if the new airport will be ready by 2015
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Old April 15th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #1367
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Video showing the progress of the construction as well as the already completed parts of the A7 motorway (see map for location).

So how many parts of A7 are still U/C? Thanks for this video btw
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Old April 16th, 2012, 04:29 AM   #1368
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So how many parts of A7 are still U/C? Thanks for this video btw
On the map below you can see which parts (yellow parts) are under construction.

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Old April 20th, 2012, 10:00 AM   #1369
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It is very sad to see that the A8 from Corinth to Patras is the work of enlargement still, I saw only one man who went rolled cones on the road is restricted in several places. Therefore, the road so dangerous. Unbelievable that there is no hurry to make the road ready in the very heavy traffic on the road coming from Italy. I have the feeling that all work is done, crumble away - it's a pity for the Greeks.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 11:35 AM   #1370
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The A8 is being constructed as a toll road PPP. The consortium that was awarded the construction, maintenance and exploitation of this road needs bank financing to complete the project.

Given the decrease in road traffic caused mainly by the very high fuel prices in Greece (EUR 2 per liter in some places) and the economic crisis, the banks have decided to temporarily stop providing any loans to the consortium.

According to media reports, the government is trying to address this issue and is negotiating with the banks so that construction can start again. It is now rumored that these discussions are going to be finalised soon so that construction can start in the fall of 2012.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 11:39 AM   #1371
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Some construction pictures of the Kalamata ring road (part of the A7)

Pictures are from stadia.gr member Vas8







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Old April 21st, 2012, 11:46 AM   #1372
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Video showing the almost completed ground works for part of the A52 motorway + map showing the location




Source: http://www.greek-motorway.net
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Old April 21st, 2012, 02:12 PM   #1373
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Some construction pictures of the Kalamata ring road (part of the A7)

Pictures are from stadia.gr member Vas8
That's interesting photos from this exact area of Kalamata since the last time i was in this area
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 08:17 AM   #1374
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The A8 is being constructed as a toll road PPP. The consortium that was awarded the construction, maintenance and exploitation of this road needs bank financing to complete the project.

Given the decrease in road traffic caused mainly by the very high fuel prices in Greece (EUR 2 per liter in some places) and the economic crisis, the banks have decided to temporarily stop providing any loans to the consortium.

According to media reports, the government is trying to address this issue and is negotiating with the banks so that construction can start again. It is now rumored that these discussions are going to be finalised soon so that construction can start in the fall of 2012.
It sounds good but what about all the money collected today at A8, eg 3.10 +3.20 Euro per car, from Athens to Patras ?
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 02:15 PM   #1375
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I am filling sorry for greeks having to pay tolls for driving at this time, because of the economics, people there dont have that money to pay for roads, they needed for food,please wake up greece goverment.......
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:52 PM   #1376
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As a rule, tolls in motorways are worth paying for, because they help us save our most precious commodity: time. An exception to this rule is A8 between Corinth and Patras. You pay 3.10 euros to drive in a construction site.



That’s why I recommend using the old road instead, which, in addition to being free, offers a pleasant route by the seaside.



On the other hand, the section between Elefsina and Corinth is fully worth its 3.20 euros. You drive on a 3+3 motorway and you arrive at Corinth Canal in 30 minutes, enjoying Kakia Skala tunnels in-between.



The alternative, toll-free road is this one:



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Old April 24th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #1377
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Is there progress between Promahonas - Seres (A25) and Seres-Thessaloniki?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #1378
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As a rule, tolls in motorways are worth paying for, because they help us save our most precious commodity: time. An exception to this rule is A8 between Corinth and Patras. You pay 3.10 euros to drive in a construction site.

That’s why I recommend using the old road instead, which, in addition to being free, offers a pleasant route by the seaside.
Some day all these construction works on A8 will be ended and this road will be a great motorway. I think that we must be little patient about this particurarly road. Dont forget that many years in the past they do nothing just to update into a highway from today's status (like in the photo).
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Old April 28th, 2012, 06:47 AM   #1379
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Old April 28th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #1380
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A curious driver compares the speed he can reach on a new section of A7 (not opened to traffic yet) and on the old road:

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