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Old September 5th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #5701
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But how is the quality of the present-day road in the Greek side?
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According to these videos it is good and it should be ready by now.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 01:37 PM   #5702
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How is A4 Maritsa going ?

I´ve heard completition time is Q4,2013. But i think it could be last till Summer 2014 or ?
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Old September 9th, 2013, 06:20 PM   #5703
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Latest info about lot 1 (Orizovo-Dimitrovgrad) and lot 2 (Dimitrovgrad-Harmanli):
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SOFIA (Bulgaria), August 30 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria will complete the construction of the last section of the Maritsa motorway in the south of the country by June 2014, the country’s road infrastructure agency said on Friday.

The 34.2 kilometre (km) Dimitrovgrad-Harmanli section of the motorway is expected to be built by February 2014, while the 31.4 km Orizovo-Dimitrovgrad section will be completed by June 2014, the agency said in a press release.
Also, the Svilengrad bypass, which is still half-profile, and a new motorway section at Kapitan Andreevo are expected to be be completed till the end of this year.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 06:56 PM   #5704
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A4 @Kapitan Andreevo interchange:
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Ето и обещаните снимки от км.114(детелината за Кап.Андреево)до км 116(жп надлеза)

Полагане на минерал бетон.

Полагане на асфалт.

Жп.надлеза.

Машина за канавки.

Изглед от жп.прелеза към границата.

Изглед от жп.надлеза посока Кап.Андреево.

Това е положения минерал бетон.

И отново жп.надлеза.
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И така колеги, нямате късмет за снимките. Форсмажорни обстоятелства - спукана гума. Все пак три снимки от това място имаме.





lot 1, all works have stopped
lot 2
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Old September 11th, 2013, 09:29 AM   #5705
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Small question about the Svilengrad bypass, will this be an extension to the current road the gets to the Turkish border or a new motorway segment (continuing the new road from the Greek border as I've seen last week)?
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Old September 11th, 2013, 10:47 AM   #5706
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It's an extension of the current road (built as a half-profile motorway) to the Turkish border:

map - http://goo.gl/maps/8b0tM
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Old September 11th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #5707
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It's an extension of the current road (built as a half-profile motorway) to the Turkish border:

map - http://goo.gl/maps/8b0tM
I can only imagine how crowded this road is now... Completing this and the rest of A4 will be a huge improvement for the drive to TR and GR.....
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Old September 11th, 2013, 11:01 AM   #5708
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Did anyone get to the new road & Greece border crossing (Makaza)? Pics / video?
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Old September 13th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #5709
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Priority projects for EU financing 2014-20:


Though, only 700 M euro will be allocated for building motorways. Top prioty will be completing lot 3 of A3 Struma motorway, which include a 13 km tunnel along with a shorter 2 km one. The remaining motorway sections probably will need to be financed from the budget or with loans, if the government wants to complete them.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:56 PM   #5710
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Priority projects for EU financing 2014-20:

Though, only 700 M euro will be allocated for building motorways.
Do you have a list how much the single projects are? Do you have further info about the planning status (length, sections, numbering, estimated groundbreaking, construction time,...)?

Are really all projects planned as motorway? I thought the road Botevgrad-Vidin is planned as expressway?
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Old September 13th, 2013, 01:12 PM   #5711
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[QUOTE=gogo3o;107047368]Priority projects for EU financing 2014-20:

Though, only 700 M euro will be allocated for building motorways.

Only 700 millions of euros in 6 years? What's that, a joke? Bulgaria is doing well in building their motorways, so what is the reason to cut back money? I don't understand, sorry.

I think Bulgaria needs more money to build their motorways, but it's my opinion of course.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 01:28 PM   #5712
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I think only €700m is guaranteed. After that other projects will get stuck in planning in other countries and the Bulgarians may well find that money is there in certain years as long as they have a project ready to go to avail of the funding. Regional funding may not be included in the €700m ( it may be Transport funding only) or vice versa.

Also remember the Ten-T emphasis in 2014-2020 is rail as much as roads ( particularly base tunnels in rich countries which swallow cash and take 3 x EU funding windows to build so they can go three times for funds) and that Bulgaria will additionally receive funding for rail ports metros and possibly airports as well as for Motorways.

Bulgaria has done very well in its application of structural funds and is in a substantially better position than most countries to get some more. But it is not guaranteed at this time. Having a few €100m class projects through planning and ready to build at short notice would be a good idea.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #5713
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Top prioty will be completing lot 3 of A3 Struma motorway, which include a 13 km tunnel along with a shorter 2 km one.
Is there some more detailed info about this 13 kilometer tunnel? Will it be twin-tube, what's the name, where is the exact location, are there design schematics, etc?
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Old September 13th, 2013, 04:34 PM   #5714
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Still a preliminary design for lot 3 of A3 is up to be done. The contract was signed in the end of July.

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On 29.07.2013 National Company Strategic Infrastructure Projects signed a contract with the appointed contractor “Via Plan - Amberg” JV following a public tender procedure for: “Preparation of preliminary design for Struma Motorway, Lot 3 “Blagoevgrad-Sandanski”. The contract price is BGN 1,999,950 net of VAT and the term for completion of the preliminary design is 18 months.

By signing this contract the essential preparation for the construction of the Struma Motorway, Lot 3 “Blagoevgrad-Sandanski” has been started where the work of the designer will be coordinated with the appointed strategic advisor.

The main tasks in preparation of the preliminary design are:
Review and update of the proposed alignment in accordance with the environmental, technical and other requirements;
Performing the preliminary design for the approved route;
Design of road cross sections, road junctions and interchanges and determining the locations, form, general layout and spans of the major road structures;;
Review and detailed geological survey along the route;
Identifying land acquisition requirements, preparing land parcel plans and conducting of the necessary verification procedures with the relevant authorities;
Preparation of concept, preliminary and reference design for the tunnels on the route where the tunnel in the Kresna Gorge is expected to be over 10 km long;
Assistance in preparation of Employer’s requirements for following contracts for design and construction for the project.

The activity of the designer will be supported by the environmental consultant “Dango Proekt Consult” EOOD who was appointed as contractor following a tender procedure for: “Provision of services as an Environmental Consultant for the construction of Struma motorway, Lot 3 „Blagoevgrad-Sandanski”. The contract with National Company Strategic Infrastructure Projects was signed on 19.07.2013. The contract price is BGN 64,770 net of VAT and the duration of service is 18 months.
The main activities of the environmental consultant are:
Analysis of the prepared designs and drawings and advice on the environmental aspects;
Preparation of reports/measures regarding environmental impact issues;
Preparation of updated and supplementary appropriate assessment to determine the impact on the objects in Natura 2000.
The financing of the two contracts is ensured by Operational Programme on Transport 2007 – 2013.
31.07.2013
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So we will have more details in Q1 2015 and the whole 2014 will be missed. For lot 3 we have only enviromental decision, which clearly states that only a tunnel solution is possible for the protected Kresna gorge.

One of the reasons for having only 700 M euro EU funds \or even less\ for motorways and expressways is that the minister of transport has a more dominant position in the current government and he states that railways are more important and thus need to be funded more. The other is that the previous government was unable to defend more money before the European Commission, though they were doing quite well in building motorways with EU funds.

We'll see what will happen in the end, but it's clear now that the EU funds will not be enough for all the projects on the map and we need financing from the budget or with loans. I'm not saying PPP, because we have bad experience with PPP.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 04:41 PM   #5715
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Do you have a list how much the single projects are? Do you have further info about the planning status (length, sections, numbering, estimated groundbreaking, construction time,...)?

Are really all projects planned as motorway? I thought the road Botevgrad-Vidin is planned as expressway?
We have to wait for all these details.

Yes, Botevgrad-Vidin will be 2x2 expressway w/o hard shoulder. There is a contract for design of Vidin-Mezdra and the contract for the construction of Montana bypass was signed.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #5716
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Priority projects for EU financing 2014-20:

Though, only 700 M euro will be allocated for building motorways.

Only 700 millions of euros in 6 years? What's that, a joke? Bulgaria is doing well in building their motorways, so what is the reason to cut back money? I don't understand, sorry.

I think Bulgaria needs more money to build their motorways, but it's my opinion of course.
Yeah, I don't get this either. So there was enough money for Iberia to get the biggest motorway network this side of the ocean and for the construction of I don't know how many transalpine tunnels. I mean I know there is a crisis and money has to be cut, but I don't see any reciprocity in Western Europe. It's also another thing that our latest cabinets have been completely retarded. They could easily withdraw a one time big loan with the rates being so low in order to payout the billions they owe to private citizens and kick start a lot of important projects in infrastructure, education, and innovation.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 10:27 PM   #5717
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AFAIK the EU (cohesion and regional development) funds distribution logic is based on the GDP of the member states and Bulgaria has a low GDP (not total GDP, but GDP per capita). This means that Bulgaria receives small amount of the total funds.

On the other hand, construction costs are not so much different in different counties.

That leads to less infrastructure projects built with EU money in countries like Bulgaria... and less cohesion, which is the aim of the funds.

I'm not complaining. Even these funds that are provided already are making the difference - they have set tender rules and we have built many motorway stretches compared with the situation before the EU accession, along with the other infrastructure projects.
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Old September 14th, 2013, 12:10 AM   #5718
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I think Bulgaria is doing very well with its motorway network being _very_ high quality compared to some Italian and Spanish (and German) motorways and already half complete only 7 years after joining the EU. It will be fully complete by 2027 after only 20 years membership.

Focus on the positives, if projects are coming in on time and on budget with no EU ambassadors regularly howling to Brussels about the treatment their contractors are getting from the local government then Bulgaria is a top destination for EU funds as they are being applied correctly.

So have some small projects ready to go on expressways and submit them every year as other countries run into planning problems at home, that always happens in the EU

Spain and Portugal are bad examples, they overbuilt their networks. Both countries now have full motorways in places that carry only 3000-4000 vehicles ( AADT) a day. Crazy stuff.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 10:11 AM   #5719
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http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n314904
Road speed limits have been initiated on Trakiya motorway in the section of Pazardzhik district due to uneven road surface. The restriction was initiated at the proposal of the District Police Directorate – Pazardzhik. The new traffic limit in the section is 100km/h instead of maximum speed permitted by statute, on motorways.
The new restriction in the maximum speed covers around 30km of the motorway in both direction and it is regulated by traffic signs.
With all the construction of new motorways, do they renovate existing ones as well?

This stretch of motorway doesn't look in mint condition anymore.
http://goo.gl/maps/YCNHb
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Old September 15th, 2013, 10:34 AM   #5720
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Yes, they will renovate some 30 km of A1 Trakia motorway next year. The section at Pazardzik is in a really bad condition. However, the speed limit is lowered to 120 km/h, not 100 km/h, as it's said in the news.
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