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Old July 19th, 2015, 07:47 PM   #6581
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I guess there's usually a little congestion in front of the border........
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Old July 20th, 2015, 09:44 AM   #6582
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I was there a week ago on Sunday and returned thru the same border on Tuesday but I saw no congestion at all and the border is passed in circa 10-15 min max 24 I had. More than 1/2 hours is unusual, locals say
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Old July 20th, 2015, 10:23 AM   #6583
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Hi guys!
I am scheduled to cross Bulgaria from Ruse to Makaza in the near future and was wandering if you could indicate me, if any, an updated bulgarian website containing speed cameras.
It seems that
w w w. google . com/ maps/ d/ viewer?mid=z3QB70LSIPdI.kbVKE0zSH3xk&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0

is outdated since I've read on novinite website there should have been at least 330 speed cameras by the end of 2013.
Sygic/Waze and similar GPS/mobile apps contain only a few of them.
Thanks in advance.

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Old July 20th, 2015, 09:49 PM   #6584
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I would suggest that you drive safely, obey the speed limits and don't care about the speed cameras.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 10:43 PM   #6585
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Why traffic from Romania would be higher that traffic from Bulgaria? I mean, shouldn't be similar numbers?
Maybe, trucks are passing through Romania when full and through Serbia when empty
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The other question: Is the traffic higher from bulgaria to greece than vice versa? Maybe bulgarians come to greece to never return or greeks have better lives than in the neighbour's country?
The border checkpoint has a far smaller throughput than a one lane road leading traffic away from it. Vice versa, there might be miles long queues in direction towards Greece.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 10:48 PM   #6586
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A roumanian to do that? No Way! He has to carry around his radar detector, his radio station so that he can ask fellow drivers about radar and also, as you can see, he has to know where speed camera are.

Speed limits are there only that he can know what 'the minimum required + 10 km/h" is. But more that often he has to be 20 or 30 km/h over speed limit.
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Old July 21st, 2015, 12:04 AM   #6587
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The border checkpoint has a far smaller throughput than a one lane road leading traffic away from it. Vice versa, there might be miles long queues in direction towards Greece.
I went last year through the border check point in Makaza. The longer queue was on the Greek side, not the Bulgarian side. Of course, going to Greece I was in Makaza at about 7pm, and on the back at about 11am.
Apart from that, the advice of respecting the speed limits is quite good. You really should follow it.
As a personal supposition: I haven't really seen the traffic sign "end of all restrictions" throughout Bulgaria. You will find a speed limit of let's say 60 kph, accompanied by a sign describing the reason for the speed limit (let's say a junction). After the reason for the limit is gone, you can speed up, even though there is no sign telling you can do so. It took me a while, and I annoyed a lot of truck drivers until I got it.
If I am mistaking, please feel free to correct me.
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Old July 21st, 2015, 10:59 AM   #6588
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I would suggest that you drive safely, obey the speed limits and don't care about the speed cameras.
I am not some sort of speed demon, I am driving a Toyota not a BMW so I am not that kind of driver .

On the other hand, on
ec.europa.eu/ transport/ road_safety/ going_abroad/ bulgaria/ speed_limits_en.htm
there is a speed limit of 120 kmph on express roads. On wikipedia I have found that Ruse-Stara Zagora-Kardzhali-Makaza is an 'expressway project". Info seems to be dated 2012-2013.
Is it already considered an express road or just a regular one with 90 kmph speed limit?
Thank you in advance.
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Old July 21st, 2015, 11:18 AM   #6589
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It's a regular road. So 90 kmph is the speed limit.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 10:04 AM   #6590
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Thank you all.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 12:58 PM   #6591
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Trakia motorway (A1). Reconstruction of the viaduct at 67 km
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 06:56 PM   #6592
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A3 Struma motorway. Looks like that lot 4 will be ready for 1 August, which is just amazing.

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Old July 25th, 2015, 09:52 PM   #6593
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(A2) Hemus P. Volovo to Belokopitovo - 4,9km will be open August 10th. It also means the biggest interchange in Bulgaria will be opening as well.
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Old July 26th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #6594
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A4 Maritsa motorway

Lot 1 (Chirpan-Dimitrovgrad)
@the bridge over Maritsa river




overpass @26 km


lot 2
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@Simeonovgrad I/C



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Old July 26th, 2015, 06:02 PM   #6595
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I went last year through the border check point in Makaza. The longer queue was on the Greek side, not the Bulgarian side. Of course, going to Greece I was in Makaza at about 7pm, and on the back at about 11am.
Apart from that, the advice of respecting the speed limits is quite good. You really should follow it.
As a personal supposition: I haven't really seen the traffic sign "end of all restrictions" throughout Bulgaria. You will find a speed limit of let's say 60 kph, accompanied by a sign describing the reason for the speed limit (let's say a junction). After the reason for the limit is gone, you can speed up, even though there is no sign telling you can do so. It took me a while, and I annoyed a lot of truck drivers until I got it.
If I am mistaking, please feel free to correct me.
I think you're mistaken as this sign can be find everywhere
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Old July 26th, 2015, 11:14 PM   #6596
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I think you're mistaken as this sign can be find everywhere
Yes, exactly that sign I meant.
I drove last year from Russe to Makaza, and there were very few such signs on road 5, at least. There were such sings although on the new stretch near the Greek border.
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Old July 26th, 2015, 11:41 PM   #6597
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The rules are a bit vague, but if I remember correctly - if a speed limit is imposed because of upcoming junction, it is no longer valid after the junction. So no need for a sign telling that the speed limit restriction is removed, because it is implied that the limit is only up to the junction.

Same thing if there is a speed limit sign + some number underneath - 500, 1000, etc. - it just shows that the restriction is imposed for the next 500 or 1000 metres, after that it is no longer valid.
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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:25 AM   #6598
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That is what I tried to say.
However, being the first time I drove in Bulgaria, it took me a while to realize that.
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Old July 27th, 2015, 10:11 AM   #6599
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Is the Trakia Bulgaria's trachea?

(Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.)
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Old July 28th, 2015, 10:11 AM   #6600
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Dimitrovgrad I/C at night (A4 motorway)
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