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Old August 4th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #6621
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This is a wikipedia map. I've already updated the other version (.svg):
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Old August 4th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #6622
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...MKD-BG border - Kyustendil - Pernik - Sofia ( part of Koridor 8 ) just expressway ???
...Botevgrad - Vratsa - Montana - Vidin ( part of Koridor 4 ) expressway, also ???
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Old August 5th, 2015, 09:03 PM   #6623
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http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/08/05/con...rway-junction/
Controversy over Bulgaria’s new motorway junction

The days after the August 3 opening of Bulgaria’s new Belokopitovo road junction on the Hemus motorway that links Sofia and Varna have seen controversy about the junction, with criticisms including that the complicated arrangement is confusing and potentially dangerous.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 09:11 PM   #6624
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Road Toll Rates May Have to Go Up

Citing analyses of the World Bank, Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova has suggested that Bulgaria needs to substantially increase investments in roads and to increase road tolls.

In a Wednesday interview for Nova TV, she said that the price of road toll vignette stickers had not gone up over the past 5 years, adding that the revenue generated by them was barely enough for the regular maintenance and repair of roads. Pavlova made clear that an increase in toll rates could be necessary.

She suggested that the road toll system was likely to take effect in 2018.

Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister underscored that only freight vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes would have to pay tolls through the system, while road toll vignette stickers for cars would become electronic.
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Vignettes are a poor way to fund road projects. No country with vignettes is capable of generating meaningful revenue for a large-scale expansion of the motorway network.

In Austria, vignettes constitutes only 25% of toll revenue (the rest comes from truck tolls). Likewise, the revenue in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia is comparatively low and unable to fund a large scale expansion of the motorway network. In some cases, a large-scale expansion is not needed anymore (Slovenia), but even then it's difficult to fund large individual projects with whatever is left over after covering maintenance cost.
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Old August 6th, 2015, 01:19 PM   #6625
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Controversy over Bulgaria’s new motorway junction

The days after the August 3 opening of Bulgaria’s new Belokopitovo road junction on the Hemus motorway that links Sofia and Varna have seen controversy about the junction, with criticisms including that the complicated arrangement is confusing and potentially dangerous.
Here΄s a video of driving through all directions of the interchange.


@2:20, seems they've forgotten the remove the temporary markings.
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Old August 10th, 2015, 03:39 PM   #6626
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Plovdiv-Sofia (A1 motorway). In this video you can see the result of the recent renovation works on some segments
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Old August 13th, 2015, 09:08 PM   #6627
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Major incident on A2 Hemus Motorway near Vitinya Pass. A tanker truck overturned and nearly slid off the bridge.

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Old August 13th, 2015, 10:04 PM   #6628
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This shound have happened minutes after I'd passed there traveling back to Sofia! Luckely there was no contraflow at the moment of the accsident. They have just reported that the driver is rescued!
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Old August 16th, 2015, 07:41 PM   #6629
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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.
It seems there was a misunderstanding.
There might be a queue if you are in Bulgaria and want to go to Greece(Kulata-Bulgarian border checkpoint-Greek border checkpoint-Promachonas). That is why we built two lanes.
It is virtually impossible two have a queue after you entered Bulgaria from Greece(Promachonas-Greek border checkpoint-Bulgarian border checkpoint-Kulata). That is why we built one lane.
The same logic applies for both Kulata and Makaza border checkpoints.

I think the following statistics needs updating. I will consider A3 Sandanski-Kulata still not opened and A4 Dobrich-Dimitrovgrad opened.
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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 87,9 km.
Total: 165,9 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.
Dimitrovgrad - Kapitan Andreevo 78,4km.
Total: 83,4 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.

Sofia Northern Speedy Tangent(SNST)
Total: 0km.

Оverall
667,98км.



The Motorway sections under construction in Bulgaria are:

Struma motorway (A3):
Two sections:
LOT 2 from Dupnitsa to Blagoewgrad 37km.
LOT 4 from Sandanski to Kulata (Greek border) 15km.
All under construction at Struma 52km.

Maritsa motorway (A4):
One section:
From Chirpan to Dimitrovgrad 31.4km. (from km5+000 till km36+400)
All under construction at Maritsa 31,4km.

Sofia Northern Speedy Tangent(SNST):
The entire SNST is under construction 16km.

Overall under construction:
99.4km.
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Old August 17th, 2015, 09:31 AM   #6630
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I rephrase...
When I entered Greece, there was a small queue of around 30-40 cars at the border, on the Bulgarian side.
On the return trip, there was a queue of around 1,5-2 km on the Greek side.
Of course, after I had passed the check point, there was no more queue.
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Old August 17th, 2015, 05:41 PM   #6631
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It seems there was a misunderstanding.
There might be a queue if you are in Bulgaria and want to go to Greece(Kulata-Bulgarian border checkpoint-Greek border checkpoint-Promachonas). That is why we built two lanes.
It is virtually impossible two have a queue after you entered Bulgaria from Greece(Promachonas-Greek border checkpoint-Bulgarian border checkpoint-Kulata). That is why we built one lane.
What about after you (finally) join Schengen? Won't you suddenly discover that you can have queues on the road entering Bulgaria, aswell? Sure, it will happen sometime in the future, but even for a crappy little project like widening that one lane stretch, can take about 1 year from tendering to opening, so you can't risk being taken by surprise...
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Old August 17th, 2015, 09:43 PM   #6632
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I don't understand one thing about that little stretch of road up to Kulata borderpass. Why 2+1? I don't see any serious obstacle that would prevent the road from being widened to a full 2x2. It's also a pretty short stretch. And I see they are also mounting dividing barriers, so if a truck would ever break down on that little stretch, everyone would be going nowhere
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Well, one reason could be expropriation issues. Another is that the contractor completed the widening before the signing of the contract, lol - some form of hidden financing to finish lot 4, which was behind schedule. The widening cost 3 M levs.
I think they just built what could be widened short-term.
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Old August 20th, 2015, 04:08 PM   #6633
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Some interesting stuff. NCSIP terminated the contract for drawing of conceptual design of lot 3 of Struma motorway. As reason, they stated several months of delays. This affects most of all the long 15+ km Kresna Gorge tunnel. Meanwhile, NCSIP ordered the drawing of conceptual design of an alternative 2x2 expressway to replace the I-1 road in the gorge. However, the alternative still does not have approved environmental decision and may receive strong opposition from environmental organizations. To be continued...
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Old August 20th, 2015, 04:45 PM   #6634
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What's the status of the two remaining sections? Do you think construction works could begin in 2016?
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They've selected the winner for lot 3.3 (Kresna-Sandanski), but still the contract is due to be signed. For lot 3.1 the court decided to restore an eliminated participant, but that happened just after NCSIP had opened the price bids of the other ones. I'm not sure what will happen. Also, another tender is running for 2 lots of Hemus motorway (Yablanitsa to Pleven/Lovech road) - shortlists have been selected for now.
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Old August 21st, 2015, 01:02 AM   #6636
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I made a little outlook for my list:

A2: Yablanitsa – Dermantzi (I307) 24km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Dermantzi (I307) – Slatina (I35) 36km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Slatina (I35) – Alexsandrovo (I301) 24km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Alexsandrovo (I301) – Pavlikeni (I303) 28km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Pavlikeni (I303) – Petko Karaelovo (I5) 33km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Petko Karaelovo (I5) – Kovachevets (I51) 48km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Kovachevets (I51) – Targovishte (I49) 35km (? to ?) – ? – map
A2: Kovachevets (I51) – Panayot Volovo 30km (? to ?) – ? – map

A3: Blagoevgrad – Krupnik 22km (? to ?) – project – map
A3: Krupnik – Kresna 20km (? to ?) – project – map
A3: Kresna – south of Sandanski 20.8km (? to ?) – project – map

A7: SRB/BG border (Kalotina) – Dragoman ~12km (? to ?) – ? – map
A7: Dragoman – Herakovo ~20km (? to ?) – ? – map
A7: Herakovo – Sofia (?) ~17km (? to ?) – ? – map

What do you think, which project will be u/c next?

Any corrections to my list?
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A3: Kresna – south of Sandanski will be the next project IMO

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A3: Blagoevgrad – Krupnik (w/o Zheleznitsa tunnel) 11.9 km
A3: Zheleznitsa tunnel (plus access roads) 5.1 km
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A3, lot 2 (Dupnitsa-Blagoevgrad)
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A3, lot 2 (Dupnitsa-Blagoevgrad)
Deadline was 30th October 2015. Is the section still planned/possible to be opened in October?
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A3: Blagoevgrad – Krupnik (w/o Zheleznitsa tunnel) 11.9 km
A3: Zheleznitsa tunnel (plus access roads) 5.1 km
Are this (construction) lots or sections? I just split it if a (sub-)section could be opened separately.

Is the tunnel location close to Krupnik and there would be a (temporary) interchange north of the tunnel, near Simitli?

btw: I think there will be more than one Blagoevgrad interchange. What's the correct name of the future interchange at the end of lot 2, Blagoevgrad-South?
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