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Old December 4th, 2014, 07:24 PM   #1341
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Driving through the really amazing valley of Zletovska River in the heart of Osogovo Mountain (North-East Macedonia).

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Old December 5th, 2014, 12:57 PM   #1342
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This morning the Macedonian traffic police arrested a man (citizen of Macedonia) for driving in the opposite direction on the highway Skopje-Veles. Luckily, this time there were no casualties, but in September this year a driver from Kosovo was also driving in the opposite direction on the same highway, causing road accident with seven injured people.

What the f*ck are they thinking when they do this kind of things?!!!



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Old December 5th, 2014, 02:28 PM   #1343
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They probably think that it's an ordinary two lane road, judging by its looks. And it probably was an ordinary two lane road to which the second lane is added.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #1344
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EBRD approved loans in the amount of EUR 305 million for the railroad tracks towards Bulgaria and for new roads

Skopje, 12th November 2014 (MIA) - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved loans in the total amount of EUR 305 million to the Republic of Macedonia as follows: EUR 145 million for the second phase of the railroad tracks towards Bulgaria, i.e. Beljakovce – Kriva Palanka, and EUR 160 million for the National Roads Program.

The loan is extended under exceptionally favourable conditions (terms and conditions are the same for both loans): 15-year repayment period, with 4-year grace period and interest rate which accounts for 1.15% at the moment (6-month EURIBOR plus 1%), Ministry of Finance announced.

Funds necessary for completion of the second phase for connecting the railroad tracks towards the Republic of Bulgaria are provided under the Loan in the amount of EUR 145 million, approved by EBRD for construction and reconstruction of the existing parts of the railroad tracks from Beljakovce to Kriva Palanka. Construction of this rail section will provide for creation of favourable conditions to steer the economy towards the international and the global market, encourage investments and increase the gross domestic product.

For the purpose of quality preparation of the second phase, EBRD, under the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), extended grant to the Republic of Macedonia in the amount of EUR 5,700,000 for preparation of the main project and covering part of the costs related to the supervision of the construction works. EBRD will also extend grant in the amount of EUR 670,000 for consultancy services for Project implementation.

With respect to third section of Rail Corridor VIII: Kriva Palanka – border with the Republic of Bulgaria, funds will be provided after all preparatory activities are completed. Funds therefore will be provided under a grant from IPA 2014 – 2020 and a loan from international financial institutions.

EBRD also extended EUR 160 billion for the National Roads Program. This Project is part of the Government policy aimed at improving the quality of road infrastructure in the Republic of Macedonia. The Project will be implemented by Public Enterprise for State Roads.

Financing for implementation of the National Roads Program will be provided in two tranches: the first tranche in the amount of EUR 74 million will be used for construction of an express road, section from bridge on Raec River – Drenovo intersection, as well as for reconstruction of Stip – Kocani road section as an express road. By reconstructing the existing road Stip - Kocani as an express road, existing problems will be resolved, while the speed limit will be increased from the present 50(60) km/h to 100 km/h. The existing road will be reconstructed and its width will be expanded from 6.5 m to 12 m, covering 26 km in length. The route starts from Stip, to the settlements of Cardaklija, Dolni Balavan, Krupiste, Ciflik, Oblesevo, ending at Kocani. The express road will be of great significance for the economic development of eastern Macedonia, in particular the agricultural development.

Te second tranche in the total amount of EUR 86 million will be intended for construction of the following road sections: Ohrid – Pestani express road and Struga – Trebeniste highway. New Ohrid – Pestani express road, long 14.5 km, will be constructed parallel to the existing road by the beaches, and it will be connected with side local roads later on. Construction of this section as an express road will facilitate the traffic through the settlements, especially during the summer period. Trebeniste – Struga highway section is long 8.5 km. Construction of new section is envisaged, with a road with two lanes, 3.75 m wide, in both directions and a shoulder (stopping lane), 2.5 m wide, in both directions. Envisaged speed limit will be 120(130) km/h.

Following the adoption of the draft laws for these loans, agreements between the Republic of Macedonia and EBRD and “Macedonia Railways”, i.e. Public Enterprise for State Roads, will be concluded.

EUR 305 million used as investments in infrastructure projects provide for job creation, work for the Macedonian companies and economic development of the country. As stated in MoF Press Release, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development thus supports the public investment policies the Macedonian Government implements.

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Old December 5th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #1345
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They probably think that it's an ordinary two lane road, judging by its looks. And it probably was an ordinary two lane road to which the second lane is added.
That happened to some of my friends too when they were going on vacation to Greece.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 06:52 PM   #1346
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I think that there are more than enough road signs that are indicating that you are on a highway...
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Old December 5th, 2014, 09:44 PM   #1347
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Yes,but from some reason people don't see them.Maybe because they are tired.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #1348
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There are a few exits on the highway on the "diverged" section - Veles-north (only exists on the southbound lane!), Katlanovo and maybe Otovica (but looks that the exit is no longer working). It's probably on one of those exits the vehicle got on the wrong lane, thinking that it's entering an ordinary 2-lane road. That's why, I think, repeated wrong-way driving cases are only found on this section.
Anyway, what's the history of one of the few such configurations in Europe, if not the world?

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Old December 5th, 2014, 10:36 PM   #1349
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Another one is near Ljubljana, on the Ljubljana-Zagreb highway.
And I still think that the signs are far from enough. Otherwise some 15 years ago we had our (transport?) minister along with his family killed by a Finnish NATO/KFOR soldier on this section. The guy was driving in the opposite direction. The soldier got away with it, blaming the poor signage on the highway.
I think much more can and should be done!
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Old December 5th, 2014, 10:44 PM   #1350
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Yes, but the configuration in Slovenia is not as large as the Macedonian one, and there are no exits on the Slovenian configuration, while there are 2 exits on the Macedonian one, one of which doesn't exist on the other lane!
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Old December 5th, 2014, 11:43 PM   #1351
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Wrong way driving is a serious problem in places on the Continent....

....There are around 400 incidents each year in Belgium, for instance, and over 2,000 in Germany, more than seven a day. Ghost driver warnings are almost routine during radio traffic bulletins.
http://driveeuropenews.com/2014/09/1...tria-vignette/
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Old December 6th, 2014, 12:13 AM   #1352
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A truck driver, who didn't want the pay the pay toll, demolished a booth of the pay toll system when he tried to pass without paying. Luckily, the person who was in the pay toll booth didn't suffer serious injuries. This happened on the Tetovo-Skopje highway, on the pay toll in Zhelino.



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Old December 7th, 2014, 05:53 PM   #1353
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Few photos of the construction site of the Kichevo-Ohrid highway. The section that is shown here is 7.5 km long, and it will have 2 bridges, 8 viaducts, and several underpasses and overpasses.













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Old December 15th, 2014, 01:08 PM   #1354
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Terrible chain collision on Skopje's bypass happened today due to poor visibility and thick fog. In total, 19 vehicles were participating in the collision. The media say that nine people are injured so far.

























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Old December 20th, 2014, 09:49 AM   #1355
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Construction of a bridge on the Demir Kapija-Smokvica section.

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Old December 25th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #1356
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E-75 (А1) section Demir Kapija-Smokvica

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Old January 7th, 2015, 04:02 AM   #1357
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The intersection on E75 for Belgrade/Sofia and Athens near the village of Petrovec



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Old January 9th, 2015, 07:11 PM   #1358
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Somewhere in the Prespa region, in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia

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Old January 17th, 2015, 10:08 PM   #1359
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This sign is placed at the border with Kosovo, few hundred meters after entering Macedonia.

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Old January 18th, 2015, 01:52 PM   #1360
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The guy who posted this photo says that on the facebook page, from where he find the photo, was written that this is the new highway section Miladinovci-Stip, and I think that this is the section Veles-Kadrifakovo (since the highway section Miladinovci-Stip is u/c) that was renewed and widened recently, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyway...

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