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Old July 11th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #7061
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It was planned as a PPP but there may not have been sufficient interest for such a large investment? A 9.7 km segment is typical of a government-funded project.
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Old July 11th, 2016, 07:18 PM   #7062
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I wish the govts had stayed with the tender on. WHY IS IT CANCELLED?
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Old July 11th, 2016, 09:00 PM   #7063
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It was planned as a PPP but there may not have been sufficient interest for such a large investment? A 9.7 km segment is typical of a government-funded project.
No, it's never been planned as a PPP, they wanted to fund it with EU funds, but the truth is that A3 motorway has a priority and the allocated EU funds are insufficient for A2. Now that shorter stretch will be funded by the government. Hope they'll find some extra money for construction of new infrastructure, as the ministry of finance reports 3 billion levs budget surplus for 1H 2016, accounting to 3.5% of GDP.

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To Sunny Beach resort


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Old July 11th, 2016, 09:32 PM   #7064
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How recent are these SAT Patrols? Seems quite new.
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Old July 11th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #7065
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How recent are these SAT Patrols? Seems quite new.
Last month or two.
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Old July 12th, 2016, 08:29 AM   #7066
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Hi bulgarian guys! What new about works at Asparuhov Bridge? Same old traffic jams?
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Old July 12th, 2016, 11:07 AM   #7067
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There are no more works at Asparuhov Bridge (till autumn) and so - no more traffic jams.
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Old July 12th, 2016, 11:53 AM   #7068
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WHY IS IT CANCELLED?
It was cancelled because of bad planning i.e. not the most cost efficient and also practical in my opinion route was proposed. So a re-design is necessary.
An important step to speed up the compeltion of the remaining part of A2 is the pass of the new concession bill and also the launch of a toll system for the vehicles above 3.5 tons.

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Old July 25th, 2016, 11:33 AM   #7069
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Sofia Ring Road, western arc construction update
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Old July 25th, 2016, 12:04 PM   #7070
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some pics:

Towards the completed section


Stefanson I/C


The overpass over the tracks:


Lomsko shorse I/c


Mramor village overpass


Northern Bypass/ future Kalotina motorway I/C





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Old July 25th, 2016, 08:05 PM   #7071
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When the SNST will be fully constructed? I mean i/c and expressway
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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:03 PM   #7072
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Congratulations to Bulgarian friends for hard work on Sofia Beltway.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 11:16 AM   #7073
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When the SNST will be fully constructed? I mean i/c and expressway
The construction works are now going at a much slower pace.

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API announced tender for construction of Aheloy bypass at I-9 road, b/n Burgas and Sunny Beach resort. It will be dual carriageway, but the crossing will remain at-grade. The length is 4.8 km and the estimated costs - 26 million levs.

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Old July 28th, 2016, 03:44 PM   #7074
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Maybe someone can translate this news:
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Магистралата София–Калотина изпадна от топ приоритетните пътни обекти на правителството за сметка на магистрала "Хемус".

В същото време на сръбска територия магистралата вече е стигнала до Пирот, казаха пътували наскоро българи. Сърбия строи магистралата до границата с България от 2008 г., като за изграждането на 115-километровата отсечка бе взет заем от над 1.2 млрд. евро от Европейската инвестиционна банка.

През това време България непрекъснато променя позицията си по проекта – веднъж го обявява за приоритетен и го вкарва за финансиране с европари, след това го оттегля.

Българският участък е с дължина 52 километра и прогнозната му стойност е около 200 млн. лв.

Изграждането на магистралния участък от София до Калотина е част от трансконтиненталният коридор Лондон – Калкута, който е най-краткият път, свързващ Западна Европа с Близкия и Средния Изток. През българска територия той минава от Калотина през София по магистрала "Тракия" до Оризово, след това по магистрала "Марица" до ГКПП "Капитан Андреево". Пътни експерти твърдят, че след като Сърбия изгради своя участък, единствено българското трасе от 50-тина километра няма да е магистрален път.
Something is mentioned regarding the priorities of the highway construction in Bulgaria I guess. Thanks in advance!
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Old July 28th, 2016, 06:11 PM   #7075
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Kalotina-Sofia Motorway not to be considered a priority project anymore, to the benefit of A2 Hemus motorway. Meanwhile the Serbian A4 between Nis and BG Border is cose to completion...the rest is bla-bla
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Чл. 141. На водача на велосипед е забранено:1. да се движи успоредно до друг велосипедист;
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Old July 28th, 2016, 07:01 PM   #7076
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It is a big shame regarding the so called Sofia-Kalotina highway towards Serbia. The most critical part to be done is a small section from the border to a town called Slivnitsa from where to the capital is a 2x2 lanes single carriageway, which can be done later in time. The point, however, is that the government is reluctant to take any credit for the remaining highways in Bulgaria and we have a big stagnation as a result. Moreover, the top priority is the A2 highway linking Sofia and Varna which has been delayed for years. If credits are secured and the state budget is also used wisely in this direction, the red parts shown on the map below can be done at a good pace.
Instead we have ~10km of A2 from its western part which are tendered and a contractor should be selected soon, another 50km after the mentioned 10 beforehand will be re-designed. No movement unfortunately from the eastern side. A5 or the Black Sea highway is cancelled for the time being which is a very stupid decision. The planned highway from Ruse to Veliko Turnovo aka A8 is awaiting the report with respect to the environmental protection. As for the expressway towards Vidin, there is nothing really going on there, Montana bypass is already done, Vratsa definitely not. So currently Sofia western ring is U/C, to be finished by early autumn according to plan and an important bypass of Gabrovo in central Bulgaria on corridor IX is continuing slowly. Next month construction work regarding A3 is resumed with another section from the south, hopefully it will start also from the north soon, leaving just the tricky Kresna gorge to be completed. And also an expansion of Plovdiv-Asenovgrad is starting in September. This is it more or less concerning the main infrastructure activities in Bulgaria.

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Old July 28th, 2016, 08:10 PM   #7077
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it's a shame that kalotina-sofia section is so neglected by the government,
couple of nights ago, I was driving in a f*ckin convoy after the border up until slivnitsa (where 2x2 road begins),
thank god there were no trucks so the couple-of-kilometers-long convoy of cars (mainly turks) had a nice pace
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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #7078
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IMO in 2-3 years some of the EU funds will be relocated from Kresna gorge to another project, as the environment decision for a second carriageway in the gorge won't be approved and the alternative, the long tunnel, is too expensive and is not fitting in the allocated funds. The second carriageway project is already facing strong opposition at EC level.

Nevertheless, it's a shame that we rely only on EU funds and don't use other sources for financing infrastructure projects.
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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #7079
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It's not end of the world that a 20-25 km stretch of road is only single carriageway. The road has some curves, but has enough parts for overtaking a slow truck for example. There are also virtually no speed traps. Sometimes police checks at the wide asphalt/truck stop/parking place soon after the railroad overpass and near Slivnitsa where the 2x2 road begins.
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Old July 28th, 2016, 10:19 PM   #7080
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it might seem nice when you pass it once, especially if it is not in the summer season

but from late june till early september it is crowded as f*ck,
in the first half of that period, the lane in the direction of sofia is overcrowded that overtaking makes no sense (besides being freaking dangerous) and in the opposite direction, if you are unlucky enough to catch up a bus or a truck you will find yourself waiting for the chance to overtake until you reach the border because the cars in the opposite direction just keep coming...as I mentioned above, I found myself driving in a convoy and it was f*cking sunday (no trucks allowed)
from the beginning of august the tables turn and than the direction towards the border gets overcrowded
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