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Old August 24th, 2009, 09:57 PM   #2461
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Great-looking pavement and decent road alignment.

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Old August 24th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #2462
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Great-looking pavement and decent road alignment.

What does this sign mean (the bent arrow)?
Ummm... overtaking.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #2463
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It's apparantly a 2+1 alternating road. Sometimes direction 1 has 2 lanes, sometimes direction 2 has 2 lanes, alternating every 1500 meters or so. This sign shows the left lane ends in 800 meters.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #2464
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What does this sign mean (the bent arrow)?
There you go(plus the other signs on the photos that someone else might ask questions about):

1. "Middle lane for overtaking in the shown direction"



2. "Start of new lane"



3. "End of lane"



4. "Recommended speed"


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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #2465
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One of the hot spots for Sofia traffic - crossroad between Bulgaria blvd (that reaches the ringroad) and Cherni vrah blvd.



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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #2466
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Wow, that's a huge pedestrian bridge.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 09:57 AM   #2467
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Another hot spot : Eagles bridge and main road and main road artery to east Sofia - bldv. Tsarigradsko shousse

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Old August 28th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #2468
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Wow, that's a huge pedestrian bridge.
Ot is usually called "the bridge of lovers", because you can sit safely on the side (there will be no street, but flowers under you...).
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Old August 28th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #2469
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What are the traffic volumes in Sofia ? Is it published anywhere ?
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Old August 29th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #2470
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What are the traffic volumes in Sofia ? Is it published anywhere ?
I do not think so. There are no automated traffic counters anywhere in Bulgaria, especially Sofia. But traffic volumes in the city are high - similar to Budapest and with the same not-so-wide streets. Also the traffic-jams are the same...
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Old August 29th, 2009, 11:14 AM   #2471
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Same places during rush hour



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Old August 29th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #2472
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Bulgaria should start using green background for E-numbers, so far most it is blue...
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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:43 PM   #2473
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3 motorways to appear by 2013

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Bulgaria is planning to build 3 motorways within 4 years to cut off its geographical isolation and invigorate its shrinking economy, Rosen Plevneliev, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works said in an interview for Reuters. The new right-wing government inherited neglected infrastructure because of many-year corruption, political rows and bad government, the agency reported. Brussels has already frozen hundreds of millions because of doubts about the country’s corruption and ineffective judicial system. Mr Plevneliev said better transparency and no political interference in public procurement will secure financial aid to the tune of 900 million euros for the construction of some 200 km-long motorways along 3 routes by 2013.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:51 PM   #2474
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There were some plans about expressways too, also to Rusovce, is there map of them ?
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Old September 1st, 2009, 10:21 AM   #2475
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A little bit larger version of Plevneliev's interview. I wish this guy good luck! Let's see if he can implement his German education and expirience in Bulgaria ....

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Minister: Bulgaria to build three highways by 2013



Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev

Bulgaria plans to build three highways in the next four years to end the Balkan country's geographic isolation and revive its shrinking economy, Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev has said.



The Regional Development Ministry plans to open international tenders in the second half of October and pick builders to complete the 360-kilometer (220-mile) Trakia highway, which will link the capital, Sofia, with the Black Sea port of Burgas, by the end of the year. Tenders for a highway linking Bulgaria with Turkey will be launched in early 2010. Another highway, aimed at easing congestion in Sofia, will be completed next year.

The new center-right government inherited an infrastructure neglected due to years of corruption, political bickering and bad management.

It now aims to streamline administration and fight graft to ensure the European Union does not block the 1.7 billion euros ($2.44 billion) it has earmarked for roads and regional development by 2013. Brussels has already frozen hundreds of millions of euros worth of aid due to concerns about Bulgarian fraud.

"Bulgaria has the label of the most corrupt country in the European Union. It has arrogantly refused to take any measures ... Until that changes there will be no EU funds," Plevneliev told Reuters.

Plevneliev said measures to improve transparency and block political meddling in public procurement would secure 900 million euros in EU aid to build about 200 kilometers (124 miles) of highway on three routes by 2013.

"Experts should be left to do their jobs, instead of being under constant political pressure to support this or that company or municipality," he said in an interview on Friday.

Political observers have welcomed the anti-graft drive but say uprooting corruption will be a major challenge for the ruling GERB party, which won 39.7 percent of votes in a July election to oust the previous Socialist administration.

Last month, the government sacked many officials accused of graft and bad management.

It also changed the management of the national roads agency to ensure better communication with the European Commission.

"I have nicknamed the ministry 'The ministry of the three highways.' They have to be constructed by the end of our mandate [n 2013]," Plevneliev said. "Without highways, there is no economy."
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Old September 1st, 2009, 05:07 PM   #2476
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What about Struma motorway??? Is ther any hope that we can soon drive from Thessaloniki to Sofia on a full motorway?
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Old September 1st, 2009, 05:46 PM   #2477
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Few pics of the newly opened after rehabilitation Republic Pass(Hainboaz) connecting Northern And Southern Bulgaria across the Stara Planina mountain(Veliko Tarnovo-Gurkovo-Nova Zagora)

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That road looks really amazing.
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Old September 1st, 2009, 07:02 PM   #2478
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What about Struma motorway??? Is ther any hope that we can soon drive from Thessaloniki to Sofia on a full motorway?
I'm also surprised that a motorway to the Serbian border isn't among the 3 priorities.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #2479
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Sofia ringroad

between Dragalevtsi and Boyana.

[IMG]http://i29.************/2m51n2t.jpg[/IMG]

between Dragalevtsi and Simeonovo:

[IMG]http://i29.************/idfadu.jpg[/IMG]

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Draglevtsi junction construction:

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Old September 9th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #2480
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It's confusing that the plans for the Dragalevci junction were changed a few times already ..... does someone know how it will look like finally? It seems to me that the ringroad will pass over boulevard "Cherni Vrah", not under it .... Will it be a "diamond" interchange or a half cloverleaf?
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