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Old August 30th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #1961
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This area between A1 and A5 is extremely mountainous. Constructing a motorway through there would be prohibitively expensive.
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Old August 30th, 2014, 05:34 PM   #1962
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That's the point.

There is a chance that they will construct the A13 between Thiva (A1) and Elefsina (A6 to A8), so there will a considerable mileage reduction in the future. Also another future (longer) choice would be via A1, A2 and A5 to Rio-Antirrio (when the latter finishes).
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Old August 30th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #1963
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E65 between Nafpaktos - Amfissa and Lamia is another good shortcut to Patras. Its quite a scenic drive and the road is in good condition.
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Old August 30th, 2014, 11:53 PM   #1964
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Greece has a unique problem , it has a lot of genuine priority motorways to complete and very few of them are easy jobs. Tunnels and viaducts all over the shop and only a few flat sections.

It will take a few years to complete these projects which are all largely back under construction again after quite a few years where they were abandoned.

If traffic does not meet projections on those projects now under construction (and those finished) then there will be no more motorways bar perhaps small ones near Athens and Salonika.
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Old September 1st, 2014, 04:58 PM   #1965
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Due to electricity costs, the Rio bridge illuminates only it's deck (yellow) lights. Only on special days will the pillar (blue) lights come on. The company than runs it stated that the electricity company will not do any kind of discount for the pillar lighting, so in order to keep the toll cost down, blue lights will come on only on special occasions...
Some corrections regarding the illumination of Rio-Antirrio bridge.
First of all, there are 2 type of horizontal lighting. One above the deck which is used for traffic reasons and is open every night and one under the deck (intense yellow lighting) which open only when blue lighting in pillars is open.

The really impressive blue and intense yellow lighting is open every Saturday night for 3-4 hours and the night before special occasions (e.g. Public holidays, Christmas etc.)
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Old September 1st, 2014, 09:08 PM   #1966
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Are there any chances that some of this sections are going to be opened by the end of this year:
A7: Thouria – Kalamata-East 12 11km (? to December 2014)
A71: Leuktro (A7) – Sparti 12 46km (? to December 2014)
A27: Niki – Florina 12 14.5km (2011 to December 2014)
A25: Kato Christos – Strymoniko 12 ~21km (? to December 2014)
A25: Neo Petritsi – Kamaroto 12 ~10km (? to December 2014)
A52: Loutraki – Ambraktia (A5) 12 13km (2009 to December 2014)
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Old September 1st, 2014, 09:10 PM   #1967
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 12:00 AM   #1968
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A71 should be completed in time.
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 01:53 AM   #1969
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Greece has a unique problem , it has a lot of genuine priority motorways to complete and very few of them are easy jobs. Tunnels and viaducts all over the shop and only a few flat sections.

It will take a few years to complete these projects which are all largely back under construction again after quite a few years where they were abandoned.

If traffic does not meet projections on those projects now under construction (and those finished) then there will be no more motorways bar perhaps small ones near Athens and Salonika.
It is expected that by the beginning of 2016, the most important motorways in Greece will be finished. The remaining, important, ones will be the north and south part of E65 and the North motorway in Crete.

There will be a few motorways here and there (e.g. Patra-Pyrgos by 2017), but the core network of motorways will be ready in 1.5 year (with the exception of the two mentioned above).

A number of smaller projects is well under construction and will be concluded within the same period too.
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 02:15 AM   #1970
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Importantly Greece will finally have a full Motorway from Athens to Thessaloniki to the very northern border by 2016 or so. The missing bits are not insignificant projects on a European scale. see > http://www.demotix.com/news/4166142/...#media-4165818

Patras - Pyrgos around late 2016/early 2017 will complete the core network ( along with connecting sections to the north and south of the Rio Bridge) . Lots of tunnel and viaduct to complete there too.

I don't think any country in Europe will have as much of its overall motorway network in tunnels and on viaducts as Greece will in 2017 except Austria and Switzerland but the Greek motorway network will be much larger overall than either of those and will probably exceed that of Austria and Switzerland combined by then.

I completely forgot Crete, sorry Crete.

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Old September 2nd, 2014, 12:58 PM   #1971
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I don't think any country in Europe will have as much of its overall motorway network in tunnels and on viaducts as Greece will in 2017 except Austria and Switzerland but the Greek motorway network will be much larger overall than either of those and will probably exceed that of Austria and Switzerland combined by then.
Unfortunately, the total number of tunnels in Greece is not very impressive:

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/greece/list.html

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/greece/li000.html

Compare that with Italy:

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/list.html

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/li2000.html

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/li1400.html

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/li1000.html

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/li750.html

http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/li500.html
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 01:55 PM   #1972
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Many projects are going to be completed by the end of 2016
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:23 AM   #1973
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Nastyathenian dont forget to take into account that Italy has twice the size of Greece...
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Old September 18th, 2014, 02:07 AM   #1974
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A3 / E-65 construction update

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Old September 18th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #1975
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Ας είναι καλά ο Σουφλιάς που θεώρησε ότι οι Φαρσαλιώτες έχουν ανάγκη για άμεση πρόσβαση σε αυτοκινητόδρομο, ενώ δεν έχουν οι Ηρακλειώτες και οι Χανιώτες.
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Old September 19th, 2014, 02:26 AM   #1976
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A8 - construction update

Video showing how traffic is being diverted to newly constructed stretch of motorway between Ancient Corinth and Zevgolateio. Traffic is being diverted so that existing part of the road can be upgraded to motorway standard.

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Old September 19th, 2014, 03:28 PM   #1977
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Is there any section of A8 which is going to be opened this year ?
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Old September 20th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #1978
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A5 - construction update


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-J2A1XTFS1O...29;Ο1.jpg


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lfsp3CQ5jM...922;Κ.jpg


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s7s9At_sZ2...949;γ.jpg


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kekuMi4812...961;υ.jpg


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eyNpwhrpw4...963;α.jpg


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d_v4ONVbWO...965;η.jpg
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 09:33 PM   #1979
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Images from Acrocorinth



A8




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Old September 23rd, 2014, 09:44 PM   #1980
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Speed limit was increased for A8 from 120 to 130 km/h



Also, new sign "90 km/h limit during rain".

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