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Old April 4th, 2012, 12:05 PM   #4181
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How fast can you safetly drive on this motorway? I suppose that there aren't needed police speed checks.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 12:12 PM   #4182
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Well, I usually go to the seaside by it (cause like many Romanian tourists do, I like Albena resort), so I never had problems safely driving at about 110-120 km/h on it. BTW Romanian tourists coming to the Bulgarian seaside resorts in majority also use this particular section of A2, after entering Bulgaria at Danube bridge at Ruse. So you may look at it as the most important (or at least most used by) for Romanians motorway section in Bulgaria.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #4183
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A bit of update I made (sorry for the low quality cell phone pics) from the Southern part of the Sofia Ring Road.

Work on the approaches on both sides of the Bistritsa junction transit bridge











The next part is functioning at half-profile since September, now they advance with the northern lanes (on the right side)



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Old April 5th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #4184
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The bridge for the new planned boulevard Kliment Ohridski, coming from the Darvenitsa district and going to the ski-lift to Vitosha. Now used as a "warehouse" for construction materials... and the lamps that they change.











On the already functioning at full profile part Simeonovo-Dragalevtsi-Boyana they change the lights because the poles were dangerously thin. Here you can see the new ones, still without lamps.



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Old April 5th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #4185
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End of the section where the new poles are already erected...







Start of the section where the old dangerous ones are still not dismantled





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Old April 5th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #4186
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Construction of a 15 km. section near Greek border of A6 Struma motorway was started today. So this is how motorway statistics looks like today:

05.04.2012
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The length of the motorways in Bulgaria is as folowing:

Trakiya (A1)
There are two parts:
Sofia – Stara Zagora 207,762 km.
Karnobat - Burgas 35,176 km.
Total: 242,938km.

Hemus (A2)
There are two parts:
Gorni Bogrov – Yablanitsa 70,430 km.
Shumen – Varna 75,213 km.
Total: 145,643 km.

Maritsa (A3)
There are two parts:
Plodovitovo intersection - Road II-66 5,000km.
Harmanli - Svilengrad (from km.72+940 till km 99+820 & from km. 108+510 till km 111+980) 30,350km.
Total: 35,130 km.

The first 2,320 km. of Maritsa are common with Trakiya motorway.

Cherno more (A5)
One section near Varna.
8,221 km.

Liylin (A6)
The entire motorway is finished 19,135km.

Struma (A6)
One section from Pernik to Dolna Dikanya.
17,232 km.

Liylin motorway is actually part of motorway A6 from Sofiq to Kulata (Greek border).

Оverall
465,979 км.


The Motorway sections under construction in Bulgaria are:

Trakiya motorway (A1):
Three "LOT"'s(sections):
LOT 2 from Stara Zagora to Nova Zagora 31,5km(from 210+100 till km 241+900);
LOT 3 from Nova Zagora to Yambol 34,3km.(from km 241+900 till km 276+200);
LOT 4 from Yambol to Karnobat 49.08 km. (from km 276+200 till km. 325+280).
All under construction at Trakiya:114,880 km.

Hemus motorway (A2)
There are two sections under construction:
A 7,8km. long section from Shumen East intersection toward west.
8,460km from Sofia Ringroad to Yana intersection.
All under construction at Hemus:16,260 km.

Maritsa motorway (A3):
Four sections:
From Chirpan to Dimitrovgrad 31.4km. (from km5+000 till km36+400)
From Dimitrovgrad to Harmanli 34.22km. (from km36+400 till km 70+620)
Svilengrad bypass (south lane) 8.910km. (from km. 89+600 till km. 108+510)
From Generalovo till Turkish border 5,365km. (from km111+980 till km117+345,10).
All under construction at Maritsa 79,895km.

Struma motorway (A6):
Two section
LOT 1 from Dolna Dikanya to Dupnitsa 16,780km.
LOT 4 from Sandanski to Kulata (Greek border) 15,0km.

Overall under construction at 01.10.2011:
242,815km.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #4187
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Nice pics Chilio. Are you driving a Chevy?
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Old April 5th, 2012, 01:25 PM   #4188
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yup, but it's my wife's car... I usually drive a quite older Opel.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #4189
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Bulgaria Starts Construction of Hwy to Greek Border

April 5, 2012




The construction of Lot 4 (the southernmost section) of the Struma HIghway starts on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Bulgaria is holding Thursday, April 5, the groundbreaking ceremony of the 15-km Lot 4 of the Struma Highway.

On March 19, the Greek company Aktor and the Bulgarian Road Infrastructure Agency signed the contract for the construction of Lot 4 of the Struma Highway leading from Sofia to the Bulgaria-Greece border.

The construction of the road section will cost BGN 59 M, and is supposed to be completed in 23 months.

Its launch was delayed by seven months because another bidder in the public procurement tender, "Trace Group Hold," appealed the selection of Aktor.

The construction works will require moving the tracks of the Sofia-Kulata railway line as well as building special facilities to protect a number of endangered animal species, including tortoises. The highway will have 5 overpasses, three underpasses, 2 railroad underpasses, and 7 bridges.

The construction will be funded from the EU Operational Program "Transport" and has to be completed in 25 months.

The Lot 4 section runs from Kulata-Promachonas to the southwestern Bulgarian town of Sandanski.

The construction of Lot 4 of the Struma Highway will also have a positive effect on the Sofia-Kulata railway because it will necessitate a change of the route of a 3.3-km railroad section.

The new railway route will be transferred to a straight section that will allow the trains to go at a speed of 160 km/h, which is about the highest speed that can be reached by trains in Bulgaria.

The total cost of the Struma Highway – from Sofia to Greece – is estimated to be about EUR 1.1 B. The total length of the highway is slightly over 173 km.

The Struma Highway starts at the Daskalovo road junction to the west of Sofia, where it will be connected with the short Lyulin Highway, and will run to the Kulata border crossing on the Bulgarian border with Greece. Some of the sections of the 156-km road are promised to be completed by the end of the Borisov Cabinet's term in 2013. A total of 19 km have been completed so far.

Lot 2 (from Dupnitsa to Simitli, 45 km) and Lot 3 (from Simitli to Sandanski, 60 km) will be harder to build because of the rough terrain, and the Borisov Cabinet has made it clear it plans to complete Lots 1 and 4 by the end of its term in 2013, and to have made progress on the other two.

The Struma Highway is a priority for the Bulgarian government in 2011 because of the importance of the traffic and economic ties with Greece, and because it is a part of Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 4 (from Central Europe to Thessaloniki and Athens via Vidin and Sofia).

The highway will be the first one in Bulgaria to feature special facilities for wild animals such as bears and hares.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 11:27 AM   #4190
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Map of the current status of the Bulgarian motorway system (06.04.12):

Legend:
Green - existing
Red - under construction
Yellow - project

http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%90%...80%D0%B8%D1%8F
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Old April 6th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #4191
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Hi, I am curious to know about how is work/construction of motorway from Chirpan/Orizovo to Dimitrovgrad (31.4 km) going? Any news/photos?
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Old April 6th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #4192
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I made some amendments to the map to reflect the downgraded sections from Motorways to Expressways, also to add some of the other planned Expressways:

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Old April 6th, 2012, 03:35 PM   #4193
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Is the planned 140 km/h speed limit already implemented in Bulgaria?
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Old April 6th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #4194
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No, still not!
I am guessing that it will be implemented by the end of the construction of Lot2 & Lot3 of Trakia motorway, which is planned for 30.06.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #4195
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Thank You all for your posts and all the info!
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Old April 7th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #4196
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Bulgaria's Govt to Complete Sofia-Black Sea Highway July 1

April 6, 2012



About 1/3 of the Trakiya Highway from Sofia to Burgas is still uncompleted.

Map from chambersz.com


Bulgaria's first major highway, "Trakiya", linking Sofia to the Black Sea coast at Burgas is to be completed ahead of schedule, Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova announced.

In her words, the builders of the 360-km highway has committed to completing it ahead of schedule with July 1 being the most optimistic deadline for the still uncompleted Lots 2 and 3.

At the same time, the accelerated completion of the Trakiya Highway is not supposed to affect its quality because the government will be "following the builders' work very strictly", Pavlova said on TV7 Friday.

About two-thirds of the Trakiya Highway have already been completed, with the full completion being projected for the late summer/fall of 2012. When completed, it will be the first major highway in Bulgaria, not counting the 19-km Lyulin Highway completed last year.

Another important road project for which the government is starting tenders is the four-lane road between Burgas and the largest Bulgarian Black Sea resort Sunny Beach.

Pavlova stressed the importance of the start of the construction of Lot 4 of the Struma Highway linking Sofia to Greece. The Sandanski-Kulata section of the Struma Highway was formally started on Thursday.

She added that the authorities will not be cutting just ribbons "but cables as well" because of the new government regulations prohibiting the use of wiring on street poles in towns with population over 10 000.

The minister also spoke about the need to rehabilitation of the communist-era panel-construction residential buildings that are used by the majority of the Bulgarian population.

The Bulgarian government is launching a communist-era construction rehabilitation campaign as of July 1, 2012, she said, providing grants of BGN 5000 per apartment, plus low-interest credits from private banks.

Entire buildings in a total of 36 cities and towns can apply to join the program, the only condition being that the buildings must have been constructed before April 1999.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #4197
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A report from fellow forumer from construction of A3 from the area where it will be crossing with the road Haskovo-Dimitrovgrad:

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Малко топли снимки:

Пътния възел с пътя Хасково - Димитровград
посока София:






разорано за листата на детелината:
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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:58 AM   #4198
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more:

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от другата страна посока Турция:








докато рибарите кротко си ловят рибка, багерче леко ги позатрупва
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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #4199
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and few more
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Началото на първия ЛОТ - поглед назад:


и поглед напред:




Малко лирическо отклонение, но нивите наоколо само като ги гледах ми идваше да отида да паса
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Update from the official site of the Vidin-Calafat bridge
www.danubebridge2.com

Main bridge:

Concreting of a stage of the superstructure of the railway approach to the bridge


Stripping of a stage of the deck of the superstructure in the non-navigable part of the river


Stripping of the key segment of the superstructure of the bridge between the piers PB8 and PB9


Construction of the deck of the bridge superstructure at pier PB10


Transfer of the crane installation for the assembly of vessel impact protection at pier PB12


Stripping of the pylons at pier PB12


Construction works for the bridge
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