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Old July 19th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #5621
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Old July 20th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #5622
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582км.
Interestingly, Bulgaria has more motorways than Romania, despite having only about 30% of Romania's population. This is in part due to legacy, Bulgaria had a larger amount of motorways to start with, before the rapid expansion of motorways after 2004. Romania had only 114 km of motorway before 2004, Bulgaria had 314 km at that time. You could say Romania is catching up at a faster rate though, the difference today is only about 60 km, while it was 300 km in 2004.

Unfortunately there is not enough historic data to compare to Serbia, though it seems likely that Serbia had a similar amount of motorways as Bulgaria around 2004.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #5623
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Interestingly, Bulgaria has more motorways than Romania, despite having only about 30% of Romania's population. This is in part due to legacy, Bulgaria had a larger amount of motorways to start with, before the rapid expansion of motorways after 2004. Romania had only 114 km of motorway before 2004, Bulgaria had 314 km at that time. You could say Romania is catching up at a faster rate though, the difference today is only about 60 km, while it was 300 km in 2004.

Unfortunately there is not enough historic data to compare to Serbia, though it seems likely that Serbia had a similar amount of motorways as Bulgaria around 2004.
Yes, it is both a matter of legacy, and also a matter of policy. Romania delayed motorway construction significantly, until the EU funds started to flow - that's almost 2 decades, if we leave aside some sections of A2 which were also partly funded by the EU pre-accession funds and the start of AT with a poorly managed contract.

However, Romania will probably open ~ 100 km of motorways later this year and will register more km than Bulgaria. Still, this is irrelevant since what matters is the reach of national network, and that is currently better in Bulgaria.

We need to start doing concessions, otherwise with the EU funds alone will take decades to build the network.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 11:54 AM   #5624
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Bulgaria also had some mountain motorway tunnels and viaducts back in the day a feature which is still nonexistent in RO today. Serbia had a nice motorway that went through the center of their capital. Unfortunately for us, our road infrastructure was 3rd world

I would like to add that BG has a quite clear plan of future expansion. I mean we all know that Struma and Maritsa are UC and they want to finish Hemus. Here, plans are coming and going, new motorways appear on paper every new year!
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I was critical of the current management of the Road Agency, but if they manage to pull off the concessions this year (A0, Craiova-Pitesti and Comarnic-Bucharest), I will reevaluate my perception. This will mean other concessions will become possible such as AT or Iasi-Tg Mures, and also an important shift of policy paradigm (a positive one).
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Old July 20th, 2013, 12:47 PM   #5626
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Since Struma will obvously be delayed lets update our small chart:
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Opening schedule for 2013:
-July 15-th 35km. of A1 Trakiya between Yambol East and Karnobat
-July 20-th 17km. of A3 Struma between Dolna Dikanya and Dupnitsa North
-July 25-31-st 8km. of A2 between Shumen East and Panayot Volovo
-August 8,5km. of A2 between Sofia Ringroad and Yana
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Red - later than last update. Green - sooner than last update.

Today is the 20th. Will A3 open to traffic?
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Old July 20th, 2013, 01:38 PM   #5627
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No. Some final works were needed. Also, a legislative issue existed, and needed to be solved. These are the latest pics by Galin Gradev from the compromised segment.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #5628
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Interestingly, Bulgaria has more motorways than Romania, despite having only about 30% of Romania's population. This is in part due to legacy, Bulgaria had a larger amount of motorways to start with, before the rapid expansion of motorways after 2004. Romania had only 114 km of motorway before 2004, Bulgaria had 314 km at that time. You could say Romania is catching up at a faster rate though, the difference today is only about 60 km, while it was 300 km in 2004.

Unfortunately there is not enough historic data to compare to Serbia, though it seems likely that Serbia had a similar amount of motorways as Bulgaria around 2004.
It's not only population, but area wise Romania should have at least double the amount of motorways.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 07:30 PM   #5629
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This is not how lenght of motorway system should be calculated, i.e. by reference to a neighboring country network. For example, the core motorway system for Romania stands at about 2,000 km or almost 4x the existing lenght. It depends a lot on the traffic and the catchement area.
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It's important to note that Ceausescu was more interested in other infrastructure projects such as the Danube canal and the unfinished Bucharest-Danube canal.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #5631
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Yes, but more importantly railways. Romania chose to develop its railway network during communism and by the 80s got to have one of the most developed railway network in the world (and in the process totally neglected road transportation - and that was done as a matter of policy). Most of that network is unused and impossible to maintain now due to staggering costs.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 10:40 AM   #5632
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A3 Dolna Dikanya I/C - Dupnitsa-north I/C (~14km) will open to traffic tomorrow (23 July).
Source: http://www.api.bg/index.php/bg/presc...-ot-am-struma/
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 10:45 PM   #5633
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22 July 2013 | 19:02 | FOCUS News Agency

Kalotina. A line of trucks long around 4 kilometers has been formed on the territory of the country at Kalotina border checkpoint. The trucks are waiting to leave the Bulgaria, spokesperson of Border Police Directorate Lora Lyubenova said for FOCUS News Agency.

The procession of TIR trucks at the checkpoint has not been suspended, but truck drivers must be aware of a ban initiated for movement of heavy-freight vehicles along the motorways and first class roads in Bulgaria during the weekends, which causes accumulation of trucks at checkpoints on the first day of the week.
This is confusing.

I would understand if the line-up is outside of Bulgaria, so the trucks cannot enter Bulgaria, during weekends.

But the line-up is inside Bulgaria. It looks like that truckers don't respect the ban and drive at weekends, but anyway Bulgarian border officers don't let them leave at weekends.
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 03:58 AM   #5634
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It's possible that they start driving early on Monday and all arrive at the same time.
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 12:57 PM   #5635
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A3 Dolna Dikanya I/C - Dupnitsa-north I/C (~14km) will open to traffic tomorrow (23 July).
Source: http://www.api.bg/index.php/bg/presc...-ot-am-struma/

It's opened to traffic.

Also the speed limit on the old section b/n Dolna Dikanya and Pernik has been raised from 90 km/h to 120 km/h.
Source: http://focus-news.net/?id=n1808891
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 01:29 PM   #5636
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Radi must be ecstatic.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 06:29 PM   #5637
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~8km section of A2 Hemus motorway b/n Shumen-east I/C and the village of Panayot Volovo will open to traffic tomorrow.
Source: http://dariknews.bg/view_article.php?article_id=1120294
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Old July 25th, 2013, 10:35 AM   #5638
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And again update of our motorway statistic in Bulgaria


LOT 1 of Struma motorway (A3) was opened at 23.07.2013. Today, 25.07.2013 is the opening of the 7,8km. section of Hemus (A2) near Shumen. So here it is:

25.07.2013
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The length of the motorways in Bulgaria is as follows:

Trakiya (A1)
The entire motorway is finished 360km.

Hemus (A2)
There are two parts:
Gorni Bogrov – Yablanitsa 70 km.
Shumen – Varna 83 km.
Total: 153 km.

Struma (A3)
One section from Pernik to Dupnitsa North intersection.
34 km.

Maritsa (A4)
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) ~30km.
Total: 35 km.

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

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

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

Оverall
607км.


The Motorway sections under construction in Bulgaria are:

Hemus motorway (A2)
One sections under construction:
8,460km from Sofia Ringroad to Yana intersection.
All under construction at Hemus:8.460km.

Struma motorway (A3):
Two sections
LOT 2 from Dupnitsa to Blagoewgrad 37,0km.
LOT 4 from Sandanski to Kulata (Greek border) 15,0km.
All under construction at Struma 52km.

Maritsa motorway (A4):
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.

Overall under construction:
140.355km.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #5639
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Congrats on breaking the 600km "barrier"!

Question about A3: will they use some of the Blagoevgrad bypass road part of road 1 (which is about as motorway standard you can get) and upgrade it or will they built a new road for that section of Struma?
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Congrats on breaking the 600km "barrier"!

Question about A3: will they use some of the Blagoevgrad bypass road part of road 1 (which is about as motorway standard you can get) and upgrade it or will they built a new road for that section of Struma?
A3 will have a new route. Here's a map of the route of lot 2 with the Blagoevgrad interchange:
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=42...42278&z=14&m=b
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