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Old December 25th, 2014, 11:53 AM   #6321
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Montana bypass, part of the Botevgrad-Vidin expressway (2x2)
Thanks . Are the pics up-to-date?

Montana bypass was announced to be opened in February 2015. It there any updated estimated completion date?
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Old December 28th, 2014, 09:27 AM   #6322
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Yes, the pics are taken recently. There is no update of the deadline, but the bypass cannot be completed in February 2015.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #6323
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Hey fellows.
I would like to know about the progress of the Yablanitsa-Sliven segment A2 Hemus Motorway.
Please let me know.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #6324
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You mean Yablanitsa-Shumen Well, till the end of the 2015 conceptual design of all 8 lots shall be drawn.

Also, several officials stated that tenders for construction of the first 2 lots (b/n Yablanitsa and the Lovech-Pleven road) will be announced in January 2015.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #6325
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You mean Yablanitsa-Shumen Well, till the end of the 2015 conceptual design of all 8 lots shall be drawn.

Also, several officials stated that tenders for construction of the first 2 lots (b/n Yablanitsa and the Lovech-Pleven road) will be announced in January 2015.
Ok, thank you.

And a simple question......as i know, the Sofia-Vidin road will be an expressway and not a motorway....is it true or not???
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Old December 30th, 2014, 01:45 PM   #6326
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Botevgrad-Vidin will be an expressway. Sofia-Botevgrad is a motorway (A2).
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Old December 30th, 2014, 05:29 PM   #6327
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Botevgrad-Vidin will be an expressway. Sofia-Botevgrad is a motorway (A2).
Allright, thanks!

And my 2 last questions:
1.When is the Botevgrad-Vidin expessway going to be completed?
2.What is the current progress of the Kalotina Motorway (A7)?
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Old December 30th, 2014, 07:48 PM   #6328
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I can tell you the answer for 2nd question.
A7 should be completed i think in 2017 or 2018.Serbian A4 is going to be completed much before Bulgarian A7.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 12:40 PM   #6329
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Here is one map I made of the Balkans motorway status. You can see finished sections, under construction sections and some planned ones (as far as i have info). I`m not sure if its 100% correct, but I used info from different sources and also from the MichiH list. But I can maintain it in time so it can be to date.
motorway_map_balkans copy by alex.vidinski, on Flickr
Thanks. I like the idea but the background is terrible. The white clouds are really ugly. Is it possible to take a better background?
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Old December 31st, 2014, 04:25 PM   #6330
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The contract for Northern Sofia Bypass (aka Northern Speed Tangent) will be signed on 17 February. The bypass is ~16.5 km long and will supersede the existing Northern Arc of Sofia Ring Road.
Source: http://www.api.bg/index.php/bg/presc...stna-tangenta/
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The contract is for design and build, so works are expected after the technical project is ready. The term is 18 months, but I don't how it counts exactly.
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In my opinion they wont start until June.
Is there any news about the Northern Sofia bypass? Is the design phase completed? Any estimated construction start?
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Old December 31st, 2014, 07:09 PM   #6331
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I can tell you the answer for 2nd question.
A7 should be completed i think in 2017 or 2018.Serbian A4 is going to be completed much before Bulgarian A7.
OK, thanks!

Apparently, it seems that there is a lot of work to be done in the A7.
As far as the Serbian A4 is conserned, i've seen that construction works are going really fine and the road is about to reach completition soon!

That's a really good thing, because it's a necessary motorway for Serbia (along with the Kalotina motorway in Bulgaria, as well)
If i'm not mistaken, the completition of these 2 motorways and the Maritsa motorway (A4) will create a complete motorway corridor between Western Europe and Istanbul (and the Western part of Asia in the future).

Anyway, thanks for answering my question!
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Old December 31st, 2014, 07:19 PM   #6332
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There are other bigger priorities for Bulgaria than A7.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 10:22 PM   #6333
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There are other bigger priorities for Bulgaria than A7.
I don't disagree with you.
Indeed, there are much bigger projects (the Struma A3 motorway for example) but there is no doubt that the A7 is an important link and it should be given equal attention.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 02:27 AM   #6334
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I also think that the Bulgarian A7 should be a priority. Serbia will soon complete their A4, and once Bulgaria completes their A4 Maritsa motorway, the Bulgarian A7 Kalotina will be the only part of road between Istanbul and Western Europe that is not motorway.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 05:42 AM   #6335
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So? The entire Northern half of the country doesn't have a full motorway. We should first connect our own cities before worrying about the Turkish gasterbeiters.

It's a short stretch anyway. It's not a huge issue. It will be built eventually.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 06:23 AM   #6336
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Because if Bulgaria wants to keep getting tourists from Serbia and Central Europe once the Beograd-Bar motorway is completed, access should be improved. It is a short section, that is why it should be completed.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 06:32 PM   #6337
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Old January 1st, 2015, 08:32 PM   #6338
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Now they do, but will they when the Montenegro coast will be five hours from Belgrade?

Also it would benefit Bulgaria because lots of Bulgarian passengers and goods must use that road when traveling to the rest of Europe.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 08:43 PM   #6339
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Also it would benefit Bulgaria because lots of Bulgarian passengers and goods must use that road when traveling to the rest of Europe.
Of course it would! But it's not the highest priority for Bulgaria. It's just a 40km gap, so what. You loose much more time at the border crossing. For Bulgaria itself - like for almost every other country - internal city/region connections are much more important.

A7 has a very high priority from an international point of view.
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 12:06 PM   #6340
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A lot of time is lost at this border especially during summer when the turks from Germany are on their way home for holidays, waiting time can be 4 hrs and more. Thats the real problem on this stretch and should be solved somehow, at least a joint border control could be made in Gradina/Kalotina.

Undortunately there are no other border crossings nearby, are there any plans to open some more between Bulgaria and Serbia? I.e. like those "small" ones between Serbia and Hungary.

The road from Kalotina to Sofia really is in a good condition and from Slivnica to Sofia itīs 2+2, so the gap is even shorter.
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