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Old April 8th, 2013, 06:29 AM   #5261
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New pictures from the official site of Vidin - Calafat bridge www.danubebridge2.com 06 Apr 2013

Construction of the railway barrier of the Bridge


Construction of a railroad along the railway route to the Bridge


Construction of a railroad along the railway route to the Bridge


Construction of a railroad along the railway route to the Bridge


Construction of a railroad along the railway route to the Bridge


View to the approaches to the Bridge
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Old April 8th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #5262
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And while we are enjoying the pictures from the new bridge, the old one got closed for heavy traffic.

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Tractor trailers and trucks over ten metric tons are banned from using Danube bridge between Bulgaria and Romania Monday.

On Sunday, a large pothole emerged in the "Bulgarian section" of the bridge, which links Bulgaria's Ruse and Romania's Giurgiu. The pothole is approximately 1 meter (3.2 feet) long and 80 centimeters wide and keeps growing, according to Bulgarian media. Asphalt and concrete debris have fallen over the train tracks, which run underneath the bridge.

Three vehicles have been reportedly slightly damaged by the pothole.

Traffic continues to be temporarily restricted to a single lane. Restrictions will be lifted after repairs conclude.

Bulgarian experts are expected to inspect and start fixing the pothole on Monday. The bridge will be fully closed for all vehicles for about two hours around noon over the inspections.


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Old April 10th, 2013, 01:14 PM   #5263
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Danube Bridge 2 to launch in May

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In mid-May the second Danube bridge shall be finally opened for traffic at Vidin/Calafat and then repairs of the bridge near Rousse can start. This was announced in Ruse by President Rosen Plevneliev. Tests of Danube Bridge 2, were executed ​​yesterday (April, 9th) and have shown excellent results.

Currently the shattered concrete construction of the facility near Rousse is temporarily fixed, but the bridge as a whole needs overhaul repairs.

President Rosen Plevneliev announced its intention to build two more bridges over the Danube, one should connect the highway between Bucharest and Svilengrad. For their construction European funding would be looked up.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #5264
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The directive only says that the toll system is mandatory for non-car traffic, so I doubt we'll see a toll system soon. I still think that Germany's system of putting more fuel duty is better: 1) fairest 2) cheapest 3) ecological aspect (the less fuel you spend, the less you'll pay etc. We'll see what happens.
Wrong mate, you can drive across Bulgaria without having to pay for a fuel - the distances are short. That's why the vignette system is better.
Kalotina - Kapitan Andreevo for instance, it's less than 400 km You drive across, without paying for fuel at all = no income for the state.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #5265
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depends on how much eur/km is the toll rate
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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #5266
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First video of crossing the Danube on the new bridge between Calafat and Vidin:
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road from romania to bulgaria
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Old April 11th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #5267
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Wrong mate, you can drive across Bulgaria without having to pay for a fuel - the distances are short. That's why the vignette system is better.
Kalotina - Kapitan Andreevo for instance, it's less than 400 km You drive across, without paying for fuel at all = no income for the state.
In Turkey and Greece the fuel is more expensive so I think that most persons in transit through Bulgaria will buy also fuel there.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 04:01 PM   #5268
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It is now. That might not be the case if the fuel taxes go up
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Old April 11th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #5269
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so i was on holiday in Bulgaria and unlike the bullshit talk here on the forum the Strua motorway does not een have any damage, no holes, no cracks, no waves, it is as good as it always was and that has really amazed me, since the motorway is really smooth, even and has no bumps at all after more than 7 years now.

I have recorded some videos of the motorway, but i have to remove the voices in order to show them, where my father is talking. I haveof thso recorded a vivdeo of the construction of the Struma motorway and the new stretch looks very good, really black asphalt, many bridges, it goes up and down but it is rather straight and will allow fast passage and high speed.

I have also recorded a video of the Ljulin motorway and one video of the construction of the western Sofia motorway bypass, which is under consgruction finally, so a lot of roads are under contruction right now which is really pleasant to see.

I must say that the Ljulin motorway is a good motorway but does have a few more waves than the struma, the asphalt is a bit too soft for me and it is not as quiet as the struma motorway asphalt.

The struma motorway asphalt is very similar to thel Slovenian asphalt, my fathers loud Fiat Coupé is very quiet and the radio can be heart very well on the quiet struma motorway and on the quiet slovenian motorways, but we can not understand one word from the radio or from anything else on the loud Serbian motorways or loud Croatina motorways, which are quite poor compared to the incredible struma or slovenian motorwas which in my opinion are the best in europe. Let's hope the next section will be just as good.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #5270
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A3 Struma section U/C and snowy Rila mountain in the background




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Old April 11th, 2013, 08:34 PM   #5271
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the asphalt seems to e the same on the emergency and drivving lanes, except that is ot the final layer of asphalt.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #5272
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How would it be different? The EL accounts for hardly 10% of the total width. As you can see the road width is covered by two times the width of the machine used to lay down the asphalt, imagine now that they had to drive by 3 times instead, in order to use a different quality for EL. That would mean your beloved struma would never be finished !
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:07 AM   #5273
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Video from A1 Trakia


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The last 34 km section of A1 Trakia motorway (360km total) b/n Yambol and Karnobat is still U/C, but we have reasons to believe that the section will enter in service in Q3 2013.

Regular photo updates in this thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...85569&page=235
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #5274
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A 8.4 section of A2 Hemus motorway b/n Sofia ring road and Yana interchange probably will enter in service in June 2013.


More photos from user 7588 here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...35673&page=184

The other 8 km section that is U/C (b/n Shumen and the village of Panayot Volovo) is in a huge delay and the progress is very slow.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:55 AM   #5275
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Another great photo report by galin gradev for lot 1 (Dolna Dikanya-Dupnitsa, ~17km) of A3 Struma:



More: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post102227040

The construction company GBS is doing amazing job and probably the section will enter in service in June, several months ahead of schedule. GBS also won the contract for lot 2 (Dupnitsa-Blagoevgrad, 37 km) with deadline for design and construction in Dec 2014 (only 22 months), so we can expect little miracles from them.

Meanwhile, National Company Strategic Infrastructure Projects is preparing the preliminary project for lot 3 (Blagoevgrad-Sandanski), the longest one with its 64 km and the hardest for construction due to the protected Kresna gorge.

Finally, we have not so much info about the progress of lot 4 (Sandanski-Kulata border crossing to Greece, 15km), but we still know that the traffic will deviated via Petrich from 20.04.2013 and probably the construction works will speed up. The deadline for construction is in March 2014.


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Old April 13th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #5276
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Unfortunately, the news for A4 Maritsa motorway are not good for all sections U/C, total ~78km. Delays are expected.

One panoranic pic of the construction of the bridge over Maritsa river:
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/5843/imageauwa.jpg

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Also, the tenders for another two motorways are under question, as it's not sure there will be sufficient EU funding - a section of Kalotina motorway (Herakovo-Kalotina border crossing to Serbia, 31 km) and Northern Sofia Bypass motorway (aka Nothern Speed Tangent), 16.5 km. The caretaker minister of regional development Mrs Zaharieva announced that if the EU funding is not sufficient, a loan will be taken from EIB for Northern Sofia Bypass.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 10:35 AM   #5277
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In conclusion, as of April, 562 km of motorways are in service, another 199 km are under various stages of construction, and 48 km are being tendered.

Table overview in wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway...aria#Motorways

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Danube bridge 2 / january 2013

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Old April 14th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #5280
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I see you always drive (travel) in the left lane, so it's no surprise you can't feel the waves and defects caused by the heavy trucks and other slower traffic, which drive in the right lane... I also see the defect at 3:35 in the right lane till stays unrepaired...
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