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Old March 13th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #5221
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Yes, one of those for military and emergency cases.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 10:04 AM   #5222
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Quick question:
Last year there's been quite a media-buzz (also here in Romania) about a new highway in BUlgaria from Ruse towards Svilengrad, financed with Qatar (private?) sources.
Any news on that in 2013 or just political PR last year?

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Old March 13th, 2013, 10:20 AM   #5223
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It was announced as a PPP with Qatar and also the Turkish government was invited to join in, but Turkey has shown interested in a different route and later has withdrawn from the talks.
In October 2012, a tender for a feasibility study was announced. You can find more info in this article \in Bulgarian\:
http://stroitelstvo.info/show.php?storyid=1930041

Since then, there are no other news about this project.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 02:20 PM   #5224
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Another highway airstrip, A2 near Vetrino (between Shumen and Varna). They even have a mega wide bridge across an interchange.

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Old March 13th, 2013, 04:18 PM   #5225
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I checked Street View and the Maritsa Motorway (A4) is marked as A1 at every interchange. They have to do some renumbering there. The Chirpan interchange is only marked as I/66.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #5226
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The Chirpan interchange is only marked as I/66.
And it's not marked as E80, despite E80 being signed at the junction before along the A1, and the A1 (Trakia) is signed from Chirpan as E773 only.

With the exception of the bad signs at the I/5 (which sign A1 E80). And of course the junction to the east of that one signs Trakia as A4.

Also like the 'A' number (ie just an A) on most of the Luylin motorway's interchanges.

There's also some nice E871 signs, with 80km between each one, along the I/6 between Sofia and the I/5. But then, looking at other non-motorways in rural areas that are also E roads, that's typical signage.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 04:36 PM   #5227
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The Struma Motorway also does not exist. It has expressway signs and it is only signed as E79 along the expressway itself and as road I/1 at on-ramps. There is one sign at Pernik however, that signs the route as "A" with no number. There are also signs with A6 at this location (for direction Kulata from I/6). Additionally, there is a single distance sign with A6 just south of Pernik, other distance signs only carry the E79 designation. Speed limit appears to be 90 km/h.

The A5 is not signed with any number. It's the Cherno More Motorway at Varna.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 05:42 PM   #5228
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The A5 is not signed with any number. It's the Cherno More Motorway at Varna.
You can see a sign with "A-5" written in some other parts of Varna.
https://maps.google.es/maps?q=varna&...220.65,,0,1.16
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Old March 16th, 2013, 11:31 AM   #5229
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The assembly of the vessels impact protections of the bridge at Vidin has been completed, 15.03.2013


Around each of the four columns in the navigable channel of the Danube are installed 19 pairs of protections against impacts of vessels and heavy objects. The defenses weigh about 60 tons each.
All impact protections are casted in the Production Plant of FCC Construccion, situated in the Free Zone Vidin. Thence, using an elephant crane, the elements are loaded on a barge, specially prepared for this purpose and delivered to the pier by water, where they are assembled in pairs and immediately afterwards the tensioning is executed. The assembly of the impact protections is executed with the help of special crane installations, positioned opposite each other at the pier.
The top, middle and bottom part of the elements will be girdled with concrete diaphragms, which are covered with sleepers.
The finishing works at Danube Bridge are progressing.
The laying of the first and the second layer of waterproofing and the bituminous layer of the superstructure of the bridge and the railway track is going on.
In the process of completion are the installation of the handrails and the installation of the lighting. The installation of the crash barriers is going on.
The installation of the railway track of the railway approach to the bridge is going on as at the moment are laid sleepers. Completely installed are the catenary poles along the railway track to and on the bridge.
http://www.danubebridge2.com/150313eng.php
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Old March 16th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #5230
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The Struma Motorway also does not exist.
Shhhh! How could you say such a thing... what if Radi reads it?
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Old March 16th, 2013, 02:12 PM   #5231
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And some new pictures from the bridge Vidin-Calafat:

17.03.2013 (?) www.danubebridge2.com

Laying of bitominous primer along the railway alignment of the bridge


Assembly of the crash barrier of the bridge


Assembly of the rails of the bridge


Laying of water-proofing with sand along the railway alingment of the bridge


Preparing the concrete base of the bridge for the laying of water-proofing


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Old March 16th, 2013, 02:18 PM   #5232
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We have information that money are set apart for the ~5km section between I-2 and I-7 of [A2]Hemus motorway - east part. Currently, only the section between the current end of [A2]Hemus motorway and I-7 is U/C.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #5233
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Will it run south or north of Panayot Volovo?
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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #5234
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Will it run south or north of Panayot Volovo?
South. You can see it in google history imagery.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #5235
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This looks like some kind of control shack for the traffic police. Is it still used?
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Old March 16th, 2013, 05:41 PM   #5236
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Another airstrip along a motorway, A1 northeast of Plovdiv. The part where the median is paved over is 3.3 kilometers long, sufficient to land large aircraft. In addition, the embankment is much wider, as is this bridge / culvert.

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Old March 16th, 2013, 06:00 PM   #5237
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This looks like some kind of control shack for the traffic police. Is it still used?
Yes. In Sofia there are at least 4-5 of those that come to my mind.


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Another airstrip along a motorway, A1 northeast of Plovdiv. The part where the median is paved over is 3.3 kilometers long, sufficient to land large aircraft. In addition, the embankment is much wider, as is this bridge / culvert.
I think the section you are referring to is norht-west of Plovdiv, between Plovdiv and Pazardzhik. Yes it was designed so a large aircraft can land. By the way those crashbarriers have been put there like year ago or so. Before that they weren't any and there was 80 km/h speed regulation in those ~3 km without crashbarriers.

http://goo.gl/maps/Z2O5h

P.S. As a 2nd thought there is also the same air-strip section in the north-east of Plovdiv too, like you mentioned.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 06:13 PM   #5238
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This looks like some kind of control shack for the traffic police. Is it still used?
http://i.imgur.com/cMHRNNn.jpg
Yep. And this is not the only one, we have plenty of them:
http://goo.gl/maps/XtFZT
http://goo.gl/maps/NX85q
http://goo.gl/maps/d4L1o

New model:
http://goo.gl/maps/kVxfg

This one was retired:
http://goo.gl/maps/JBHoL

and turned into this
http://edno.bg/assets/SC_2012/178471...41035973_o.jpg
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Old March 16th, 2013, 06:15 PM   #5239
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I see there is such an airstrip both northwest and northeast of Plovdiv. The Street View photo I posted is at the border of Plovdiv / Stara Zagora oblasts.
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As one can see, the picture is taken exactly on the border between Plovdiv and Stara Zagora regions.
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