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Old August 23rd, 2013, 11:38 PM   #5681
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In the next few weeks I have to drive from Ruse to Svilengrad. Can anyone please tell me what's the condition of road 55 between Gurkovo - Nova Zagora - Svilengrad?
I remember that two years ago I took the same route and it was a disaster with parts of the road without asphalt where you couldn't drive with more than 5 km/h. However I cannot remember exactly which was the section to be avoided. Is this still the case or the road 55 was finished?

What I'm trying to figure out is wether I should take road 55 Gurkovo - Nova Zagora - Svilengrad or Gurkovo - Yagoda - Stara Zagora - Opan - Harmanli - Svilengrad.

Thanks.
Go through Stara Zagora. We took the other route last year and got lost a few times and the road was bad.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #5682
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSpLfa0Wz0

Very smooth road from Macedonian border Stanke Lisichkovo towards Blagoevgrad it looks like a futuristic road for Mars vehicles. Great landscape aswell, beautiful maleshevska mountain, on which the road is built on and in the distance the mighty Pirin and Rila massives. I will also show videos of the Struma motorway and very good roads in Kyustendil area. The new Struma motorway is very good, but not better as LOT 0 in my opinion.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 02:45 AM   #5683
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Thanks for a nice video!
It's either me not understanding your humor or I fail to notice what's futuristic about this road? It looks like a regular road with fine measurements and correct surface, but lacking vertical signalization. I didnt notice a single catadioptric sign in turns, maybe that's futuristic asset
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Old August 25th, 2013, 01:24 PM   #5684
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That was a joke ofcourse but it looks really new and the asphalt used for it is very dark and looks better than some other new roads, also the markings do in my opinion.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 04:55 PM   #5685
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Hello guys,

As on Thursday (Wednsday night - Thursday morning) I'll be driving cross Bulgaria, I want your recommandation on some questions:

I drive from Ruse towards Thassos, Grece and there are two main options: Ruse - Veliko Tarnovo - Shipka Pass - Zlatograd (then – Keramoti in Greece) or Ruse - Shipka Pass - Dimitrovgrad - Svilengrad – Keramoti (basically the calssic road towards Turkey also)

From your experience, what's the best solution given the fact I'll be driving at night / morning?
I know the first version is the shortes but the final part in Bulgaria is not so easy, on the other hand the second is longer but easier including the highway strech from Harmanli (or noew the highway is longer?)

Any adevice is welcome, thanks!

PS. 140kmph on highway in Bg, correct?
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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:43 AM   #5686
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Hello guys,

As on Thursday (Wednsday night - Thursday morning) I'll be driving cross Bulgaria, I want your recommandation on some questions:

I drive from Ruse towards Thassos, Grece and there are two main options: Ruse - Veliko Tarnovo - Shipka Pass - Zlatograd (then – Keramoti in Greece) or Ruse - Shipka Pass - Dimitrovgrad - Svilengrad – Keramoti (basically the calssic road towards Turkey also)

From your experience, what's the best solution given the fact I'll be driving at night / morning?
I know the first version is the shortes but the final part in Bulgaria is not so easy, on the other hand the second is longer but easier including the highway strech from Harmanli (or noew the highway is longer?)

Any adevice is welcome, thanks!

PS. 140kmph on highway in Bg, correct?
I would use the first variant (used it 2 years ago), but from Veliko Tarnovo I would took Republika Pass (Veliko Tarnovo-Gurkovo-Maglizh-Tulovo-Stara Zagora). Republika Pass is a very good road, with many 2+1 sections, so overtaking there is very easy.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 11:00 AM   #5687
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I would use the first variant (used it 2 years ago), but from Veliko Tarnovo I would took Republika Pass (Veliko Tarnovo-Gurkovo-Maglizh-Tulovo-Stara Zagora). Republika Pass is a very good road, with many 2+1 sections, so overtaking there is very easy.
Thanks, only issue is that as far as I hear, the road in Greece in this version is not the best...
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Old August 26th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #5688
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Thanks, only issue is that as far as I hear, the road in Greece in this version is not the best...
It's a mountainous road for about 40km, but in my opinion it doesn't worth the long detour via Svilengrad-Ormenio. And you can also buy some nice baklava from these villages in Northern Greece where many turks live.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #5689
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The people around Zlatograd (in GR and BG) are not turks, but pomaks, although the youngsters start to speak Turkish due to strong Turkish influence. Muslim people with Slavic language. Turks in Norther Greece are around Komotini.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 12:48 PM   #5690
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The people around Zlatograd (in GR and BG) are not turks, but pomaks, although the youngsters start to speak Turkish due to strong Turkish influence. Muslim people with Slavic language. Turks in Norther Greece are around Komotini.
That "Slavic" language is a Bulgarian dialect, so you'd be fine if you spoke Bulgarian to them.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #5691
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It's a mountainous road for about 40km, but in my opinion it doesn't worth the long detour via Svilengrad-Ormenio. And you can also buy some nice baklava from these villages in Northern Greece where many turks live.
Sounds tasty
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Old August 26th, 2013, 03:48 PM   #5692
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And just to confirm, the only working section of A4 (Maritsa) is Harmanli - Svilengrad (and a section towards Greece), right?
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Old August 28th, 2013, 12:55 AM   #5693
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And probably the last update of our motorway statistic in Bulgaria for 2013. Short, but very important section of A2 Hemus between Sofia Ring Road and Gorni Bogrov village was opened at 19.08.2013. In 2013 Bulgarian gain some 69.5km. of new motorways.

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19.08.2013
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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:
Sofia Ring Road – Yablanitsa 78 km.
Shumen – Varna 83 km.
Total: 161 km.

Struma (A3)
One section from Pernik to Dupnitsa North intersection.
Total: 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.
Total: 8 km.

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

Оverall
615км.



The Motorway sections under construction in Bulgaria are:

Hemus motorway (A2):
Belokopitovo - Panayot Volovo 4.9km
All under construction at Hemus 4,9km.

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:
136.795km.
Bonus - traffic data for 2010.
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Hi,

In the next few weeks I have to drive from Ruse to Svilengrad. Can anyone please tell me what's the condition of road 55 between Gurkovo - Nova Zagora - Svilengrad?
I remember that two years ago I took the same route and it was a disaster with parts of the road without asphalt where you couldn't drive with more than 5 km/h. However I cannot remember exactly which was the section to be avoided. Is this still the case or the road 55 was finished?

What I'm trying to figure out is wether I should take road 55 Gurkovo - Nova Zagora - Svilengrad or Gurkovo - Yagoda - Stara Zagora - Opan - Harmanli - Svilengrad.

Thanks.
the new directly border crossing , Makaza, between Kardzhali and Komotini, wasn't open this year?
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Old August 29th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #5695
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the new directly border crossing , Makaza, between Kardzhali and Komotini, wasn't open this year?
It's still not openned though it's finished Greeks are basically sabotaging the road.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 01:27 PM   #5696
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 03:13 PM   #5697
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The contract for the ~14.5 km Montana bypass was signed last week. It's part of the Vidin-Botevgrad expressway.
http://www.api.bg/index.php/en/presc...ontana-starts/

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the new directly border crossing , Makaza, between Kardzhali and Komotini, wasn't open this year?
It is due to open on 09/09.
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Just have in mind that it will be passable only for vehicles not larger than 3.5 tones or vans for <= 8+1 persons.
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But how is the quality of the present-day road in the Greek side?
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