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Old February 18th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #2141
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This crash on A4 was really bad Poor doctor, he was a victim of helicopter which crashed because of really bad fog
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Old February 19th, 2009, 11:48 AM   #2142
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Well we shall see what happens in April when the signs are supposed to be taken down and replaced at Krzyzowa interchange . It will be silly to have Drzezno (Dresden) and Berlin to be on the overhead gantry and roadside signs at Krzyzowa and not on the Dresden bound lane of the A4 as
I suspect only Zgorzelec and Jedrychowice will be signed again but I agree it would be a start to see the signs altered at the Krzyzowa interchange at the end of April
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Old February 20th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #2143
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A bit OT, but well done Ireland.

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Irish Times, Thu, Feb 19, 2009
HE WAS one of Ireland’s most reckless drivers, a serial offender who crossed the country wantonly piling up dozens of speeding fines and parking tickets while somehow managing to elude the law.
So effective was his modus operandi of giving a different address each time he was caught that by June 2007 there were more than 50 separate entries under his name, Prawo Jazdy, in the Garda Pulse system. And still not a single conviction.
In the end, the vital clue to his identity lay not with Interpol or the fingerprint database but in the pages of a Polish-English dictionary. Prawo jazdy means driving licence.
In a letter dated June 17th, 2007, an officer from the Garda traffic division wrote that it had come to his attention that members inspecting Polish driving licences were noting Prawo Jazdy as the licence holder’s name.
“Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence,” he wrote.
“Having noticed this I decided to check on Pulse and see how many members have made this mistake. It is quiet [sic] embarrassing to see that the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities.
“He can also be found on the Fixed Charge Processing System as well. This mistake needs to be rectified immediately and a memo sent to the members concerned. I also think that Garda Information Service Centre [in] Castlebar should be notified and some kind of alert put on these two words.”
In Poland, a booklet-type licence such as the one used in the Republic was phased out in 2004 and replaced with a pink, credit card-sized licence with an EU flag, the words Prawo Jazdy in the top right corner with (in admittedly smaller type) the holder’s name and personal details.
A Garda source confirmed that the issue of Polish licences being misread had arisen in 2007, but said the errors were spotted quickly and the problem had now been resolved.
It was not clear whether the confusion was due to licences simply being misread or officers being misled by their holders, he added.
To weed out any other inanimate foreign offenders who might be lurking in the digital depths, the Pulse system has since been updated, with a new section advising officers of the layout of foreign driving licences.
Notices were also sent to Garda stations alerting them to the error.
Expect the recidivist Mrs Library Card from the Czech Republic to have her cover blown.
© 2009 The Irish Times
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Old February 21st, 2009, 02:34 PM   #2144
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Does anybody know how the resurfacing of the A18 Wrocław-bound carriageway is going? I know that its scheduled to be finished by the end of 2010. There is a lack of news or photos on the progress of lifting up the damaged German-laid slabs and replacing them with a special machine.
The E36 needs to be in tip-top condition to supplement the heavy traffic expected to use the A4 from Zgorzelec to Krzyżowa from August onwards and for it to be upgraded to full A18 motorway status from Olszyna to Golnice. I do know that all of the traffic is only using the Berlin-bound lane thus leaving the other lane free for resurfacing. It is a priority project that can't afford to be delayed for another year as it is the key route between Wrocław and Berlin used by thousands of trucks each day.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 03:40 PM   #2145
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Due to greenies() the project had to be re-designed during the winter, now we're waiting for the tender to be announced.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 05:34 PM   #2146
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Due to greenies() the project had to be re-designed during the winter, now we're waiting for the tender to be announced.
This is why there are no so many delays with motorway construction projects in Poland - environmentalists holding everything up. Have you heard about how the residents of Białki near Siedlce are complaining about the route of the future A2 motorway past their village? So now I suppose the E36upgrading won't be completed until 2011 I suppose they were not happy about the noise the relaid concrete will make when the project is completed despite there being few villages close to the road
Lets be grateful though that at least Poland will have two motorway links to Germany in August (A6 and A4) - I really can't see what there is left to do on the A4 and why it can't be opened now
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:44 AM   #2147
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During commie times E22 today A18 was more important than road to Zgorzelec Times are changing
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 11:40 AM   #2148
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That's obvious. The A18 is in the direction of Berlin.

Does anyone know what the AADT is on the DK4 to Jedrzychowice/Zgorzelec? And what percentage of that are trucks?
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 10:52 PM   #2149
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Prediction for 2010 says about above 8.000 for some sections

Next big counting of traffic on Polish roads will happen in 2010, I am looking forward to that
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 11:20 PM   #2150
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8.000 doesn't seem to be that much. There are numerous 2-laned roads in NL that handle that without jams. How come that there are so many problems on the DK4? Is that caused by the trucks?
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 11:22 PM   #2151
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Prediction for 2010 says about above 8.000 for some sections
That's one way. So AADT was predicted as <= 16000.

AADT for 2005 on DK4 to Zgorzelec is around 10000.
BTW, for DK/A18 to Olszyna it was 7000 the same year.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 04:37 PM   #2152
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Old February 24th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #2153
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Bad news. This says that the A1 will not be finished for the Euro 2012 tournement, right?
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Old February 24th, 2009, 04:41 PM   #2154
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I think we will see more of that in the future. 2012 is too optimistic for most projects that yet have to start.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #2155
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Excerpt from that article (machine-translated by Google and then updated a little):
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Originally, the entire A1 motorway was supposed to be ready for the European championships. As announced by the ministry, however, the new work schedule provides for construction of only two parts of the motorway until 31 May 2012: Stryków - Tuszyn (41 km newly-built) and Tuszyn - Częstochowa (82 km rebuilt routes A1 and DK-1).
In a January announcement after signing the concession agreement - the ministry press office also reported that, due to the fact that built from the ground up section of the highway Częstochowa-Pyrzowice (57 km) goes by highly urbanized areas - it will be built within 5 years from the date of sign the contract, which runs until 22 January 2014.
The area in the Częstochowa-Pyrzowice section is not more urbanized than Pyrzowice-Gliwice for example. Or even Stryków-Tuszyn. So the explanation given by the ministry is obviously false. Seems that the concessionaire just wanted some time-slack, otherwise the price would go too high...

Funny thing that this was the news about a month ago, but no polish forumer rushed to bring it to this thread...


The article itself is about the municipality of Częstochowa which wants to ban the trucks from the city - as a "protest against the decision to postpone the construction until 2014". Yes, it's nothing more than a protest - they won't introduce such a ban, as the trucks just don't have any alternative - they have to use current DK1 wich is 2x2(3) in Częstochowa, but with many grade-crossings.

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I think we will see more of that in the future. 2012 is too optimistic for most projects that yet have to start.
The worst of this category is A2 Łódź (Stryków) - Warszawa (Konotopa). We're still waiting for the concession to be signed. The deadline was at the end of January, then they (candidates for concessionaires and the ministry) agreed to postopne that till the end of February. There's only 4 days left, and there's still no agreement.
And that motorway is not designed yet.
I'm afraid... No, I'll shut up here.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #2156
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The reason they give for such a construction delay - highly-urbanised terrain - is a joke. There is hardly any development between Czestochowa and Pyzrowice. The most problematic section is Czestochowa bypass itself which should have been included into the section scheduled for 2012. So far it looks like our motorway network is going to be very incoherent and temporary.

I believe that contract for A2 to Warszawa will eventually be signed, against all odds. Still, there will be 2 missing links along A1: Czestochowa - Pyrzowice and Toruń - Stryków. A2 to Germany is still in doubt.
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The reason they give for such a construction delay - highly-urbanised terrain - is a joke. There is hardly any development between Czestochowa and Pyzrowice. The most problematic section is Czestochowa bypass itself which should have been included into the section scheduled for 2012. So far it looks like our motorway network is going to be very incoherent and temporary.

I believe that contract for A2 to Warszawa will eventually be signed, against all odds. Still, there will be 2 missing links along A1: Czestochowa - Pyrzowice and Toruń - Stryków. A2 to Germany is still in doubt.
Why still in doubt? I was sure that everything went right.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #2158
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Has the construction company been granted a bank loan already? I wasn't following the news for the last couple of weeks.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 11:20 AM   #2159
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I think we will see more of that in the future. 2012 is too optimistic for most projects that yet have to start.

I think 2015 is more reasonable for a more decent network
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Old February 25th, 2009, 04:44 PM   #2160
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