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Old June 10th, 2013, 06:19 PM   #2941
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Austria has a very well-developed motorway network, with little need for massive expansion after the last missing links to neighboring countries are completed (especially towards CZ/SK/H). Additionally, congestion is not a major issue outside the Wien metropolitan area. The A1 widening is almost completed, and maybe the A4 needs to be widened to 2x3 lanes near Wien, but that's about it.
In my opinion, the best way to reduce motorway congestion in the Vienna area is to extend the S31 to the A4. Currently, huge numbers of trucks are forced to make a significantly longer detour through Vienna on the A2, S1, and A4 when they should have the possibility to take a straighter route away from Vienna.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #2942
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Are there plans to link the Kleinwalsertal with the rest of Austria without having to go through Germany?
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Old June 10th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #2943
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Are there plans to link the Kleinwalsertal with the rest of Austria without having to go through Germany?
To what purpose? I guess it really doesn't matter now, in EU-era.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #2944
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It didn't even matter in pre EU times.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #2945
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It's quite a detour if you want to visit other nearby Austrian areas. A tunnel would be quite long, and I don't see them building a new mountain pass in this day and age.

I actually wonder what the last new mountain pass in the Alps is. Most follow routes that are over 60 years old, usually paved in the 1950s - 1960s.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #2946
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It's quite a detour if you want to visit other nearby Austrian areas. A tunnel would be quite long, and I don't see them building a new mountain pass in this day and age.

I actually wonder what the last new mountain pass in the Alps is. Most follow routes that are over 60 years old, usually paved in the 1950s - 1960s.
Passo del Mortirolo was paved in 1990.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #2947
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The Korridorvignette will cease to exist at 3 July. Then the second tube of the Pfänder Tunnel at Bregenz will open to traffic. You will need a regular vignette to drive from Switzerland to Germany.

I wonder if this will increase traffic in Bregenz. A few years ago I drove through Bregenz and it was quite time-consuming, but I doubt if it was worth € 8.30 though.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #2948
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I actually wonder what the last new mountain pass in the Alps is. Most follow routes that are over 60 years old, usually paved in the 1950s - 1960s.
Maybe Paulitschsattel/Pavličevo sedlo between Austria and Slovenia, built around 2000, although most of the road existed already before, but it was gravel, with no through traffic and closed for cars.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:33 PM   #2949
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The Novena-Nufenen road (TI-VS, Switzerland) opened around 1969 from scratch.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #2950
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No need to connect Kleinwalsertal and the rest of Austria. They are a very happily Germanized bunch up there.

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I wonder if this will increase traffic in Bregenz. A few years ago I drove through Bregenz and it was quite time-consuming, but I doubt if it was worth € 8.30 though.
Of course it will. The Pfänder tunnel saves you maybe 10-15minutes in most cases if you go to Zurich via St. Margareten.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 12:48 AM   #2951
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So the Bregenzers can only thank the authorities for more traffic they get
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Old June 11th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #2952
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It's a pain to drive through Bregenz. Pfänder Tunnel may save much more than 15 minutes. But it's not definitely worth €8,30.
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A major issue for the Austrian network are the 1+1 sectors of S16. They should widen and rebuild it to be a full highway. Voralberg is plagued with poor road and rail infrastructure, no direct connection to Switzerland, crappy rail link etc.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #2954
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It's a pain to drive through Bregenz. Pfänder Tunnel may save much more than 15 minutes. But it's not definitely worth €8,30.
You can also buy a Korridor-Vignette instead of the normal one, costs you around 2€.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #2955
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The corridor vignette will cease to exist in a few weeks (July 3).
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Old June 12th, 2013, 01:07 AM   #2956
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Passo del Mortirolo was paved in 1990.
Also Passo Gavia wasn't paved until relatively recently (80s-90s ?)

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A major issue for the Austrian network are the 1+1 sectors of S16. They should widen and rebuild it to be a full highway. Voralberg is plagued with poor road and rail infrastructure, no direct connection to Switzerland, crappy rail link etc.
They should also link the Austrian A12 with the German A95, the Austrian A14 with the Swiss A13, connect Linz to Prague, Vienna with Brno and Graz with the Balaton lake.

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Old June 12th, 2013, 02:37 AM   #2957
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Don't forget this! But I don't see a need for a motorway between A12 and the German A95. Innsbruck and München are already connected over Rosenheim.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #2958
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connecting german A7 with Insbruck via Reutte would be more appropriate.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 11:00 AM   #2959
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Are there still big problems on motorways in Austria? It seems I will have to make an urgent drive home to Timisoara. Planning to leave tomorrow after work, stay somewhere in the middle over night and resume on Friday morning.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #2960
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Are there still big problems on motorways in Austria? It seems I will have to make an urgent drive home to Timisoara. Planning to leave tomorrow after work, stay somewhere in the middle over night and resume on Friday morning.
If it's that urgent, then why bother stopping? Carry on through the night and you will have no problems. Have your rest when you get there. That is how I work anyway.
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