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Old August 4th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #6161
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The EU funds allocated for roads in BG will be insufficient for all projects. A2 Hemus motorway has to rely on financing from the state.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:01 PM   #6162
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The A2 is not on an important European Corridor either. Bulgaria should look at reactivating plans for what is known as 'Corridor VIII' once Macedonia ( and Serbia) near EU entry towards 2020. For now EU funds are not really available for the A2 as it is not of EU wide importance.

Corridor VIII was effectively dropped from the EU 2030 list in recent years when the corridor list was rationalised, not that much was ever done with it before then. It is up to the Balkan countries to make a case for it in Brussels.

see http://www.corridor8led.net/corridor-map/index.asp and
http://www.corridor8led.net/network-docs/index.asp
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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:21 PM   #6163
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But on A2 there is a lot of traffic,so i don't know why it shouldn't be funded by EU.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 08:17 PM   #6164
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It's national interest, not EU interest.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 09:58 PM   #6165
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It's national interest, not EU interest.

Rich EU countries have redefined the rules so that a lot of transport funding can go to building incredibly expensive high speed rail tunnels in the Alps rather than make up for infrastructure deficits in poorer countries like it should.

The rich countries define a corridor like EG Munich - Milan and then EG Germany Austria and Italy can all benefit. So the A2 will have to be part of a Tirana to Constanta corridor in future ..or similar.... to qualify for EU funding.

The other Bulgarian Motorways are key European corridors from Athens and Istanbul northwards and they qualify easily for funding.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 12:00 AM   #6166
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Diagram of progress on Maritsa motorway:
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Благодаря за снимките и

Ето карта за напредъка по информацията от harry_gg.
Новото е:
От 39+ до 41+600 платното за Димитровград е на 2 основни слоя, другото платно на минералбетон.
От 49+ до 53+ и двете платна вече са на два слоя.
От 54+ до 65+ биндер в посока Димитровград.

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Old August 6th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #6167
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After the Balkan countries have all joined the EU, it will be interesting to see how effective they can be, together with Bulgaria and Romania, as a voting bloc for funding infrastructure corridors in southeast Europe.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #6168
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After the Balkan countries have all joined the EU, it will be interesting to see how effective they can be, together with Bulgaria and Romania, as a voting bloc for funding infrastructure corridors in southeast Europe.
I don't think all the Balkan countries will join EU in the next 10 years (EU just declared that in the next 5 years no new country will be accepted).
Even so, the decision power is limited given the economic powers of these countries compared to the West
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Old August 7th, 2014, 06:20 PM   #6169
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It is unlikely that any will join in time for the 2021-2027 Capital Infrastructure Plan as that will be finalised in 2020 ...it sort of exists already as the 2030 Plan

If any countries do join they are likely to be Serbia and Montenegro who have a rather costly plan of their own to fund from Belgrade to Bar and from the Albanian border to somewhere around Dubrovnik.

I don't think Albania and Macedonia will join until well after 2020...and Bosnian/Kosovar 'issues' may delay the accession of Serbia and Montenegro well beyond 2020 as well.

This makes it unlikely that the southern Balkans will get much of a say in infrastructure planning ( spending of EU funds) until around 2025 at current rates of progress.

The last major Balkans plan was led by Greece pre 2007 and that plan ( the Hellenic Plan or HiperB) should be revived as a multi country plan in the interim I think.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 02:33 PM   #6170
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The small section of A4 at the Turkish border probably will open to traffic in the next week.
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Old August 11th, 2014, 09:10 AM   #6171
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The small section of A4 at the Turkish border probably will open to traffic in the next week.
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Does this include the distance from the current motorway end all the way to the border? Or will there be a similar segment to be opened later (if I'm not mistaking, the second section is the Svilengrad "ring")
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Old August 11th, 2014, 01:07 PM   #6172
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Does this include the distance from the current motorway end all the way to the border?
Yes. It's a short distance to the border checkpoint, about 3 km long.

The Svilengrad bypass is another section, which is being upgraded from half-profile to full profile.

You can see them in wikimapia
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Old August 11th, 2014, 03:16 PM   #6173
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That section is 5.4 kilometars long.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 02:58 PM   #6174
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Yes. It's a short distance to the border checkpoint, about 3 km long.

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You can see them in wikimapia
Are the lanes shown in wikimapia show the lanes as it will be? It's a bit odd to see that the exit for trucks is on the left side to enter the border station. It looks like, if there is a queue, that trucks still have to cross at some point the (dual?) lane for passenger cars. Not really an improvement.
Why not a regular exit on the right and than cross over the lane with passenger cars. That way the queue with trucks can remain on the right (hard shoulder).
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Old August 13th, 2014, 03:24 PM   #6175
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As you can see from the pic, taken by ogibo, it seems that left lane is for trucks.



He has shot also a short movie, but seems it is no longer available.

Indeed, they could have been more wise, when planning the whole thing and put the trucks on the right, so if there is a congestion, no need to pass the other vehicles flow would be required
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:10 PM   #6176
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No New Motorway Stretches to Open in Bulgaria by End-Year

According to caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, who is also caretaker Regional Development Minister, no new motorway sections will open in Bulgaria by the end of 2014.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=162692
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Old August 13th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #6177
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A4 Maritza

New July 1 2014 imagery of the A4 / I-5 interchange south of Dimitrovgrad.

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Old August 13th, 2014, 10:27 PM   #6178
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No New Motorway Stretches to Open in Bulgaria by End-Year

According to caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, who is also caretaker Regional Development Minister, no new motorway sections will open in Bulgaria by the end of 2014.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=162692
Not entirely true.
Tomorrow is going to be opened the section of Maritsa motorway[A4] from Generalovo till the BG/TR checkpoint. Source

Maritsa motorway[A4] lot 2 Dimitrovgrad - Harmanli is advancing pretty fast as well and IMHO is plausible to be ready this year.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #6179
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lot 2 of A3 Struma motorway
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Айде малко да разведрим положението с напредъка по Лот 2. Устой страна "София" е готов, както и са наредени гредите м/у него и стълб №1:


При стълб №4:


От устой страна "Кулата" на север. Цяла нощ са наливали плочата по дясното платно м/у устоя и стълб №10:


Следват хеликоптерите:




При стълб №4:
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Old August 14th, 2014, 06:26 PM   #6180
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He has shot also a short movie, but seems it is no longer available.
Is it this one?


It's opened now.
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