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Old June 14th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #3421
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I really wish they wouldn't use those stupid ovals in such contexts. If it's really such a big problem to use names in the other country, then just put the name of the (old) border crossing and get it over and done with.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 07:59 AM   #3422
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I really wish they wouldn't use those stupid ovals in such contexts. If it's really such a big problem to use names in the other country, then just put the name of the (old) border crossing and get it over and done with.
I completely disagree. In my opinion, the name of the towns on the former borders are the worst possible option.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 12:51 PM   #3423
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I completely disagree. In my opinion, the name of the towns on the former borders are the worst possible option.
It's not ideal, but it's better than those horrible ovals that say absolutely nothing. I'm looking at that picture now and I have absolutely no idea what part of SLO or I that I would arrive in - it's useless.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 12:56 PM   #3424
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It's not ideal, but it's better than those horrible ovals that say absolutely nothing. I'm looking at that picture now and I have absolutely no idea what part of SLO or I that I would arrive in - it's useless.
A tiny town I've never heard of and don't even know which country it's in is even less useful. At least I know where Slovenia is. Also, knowing which country I'm headed toward and the distance to the border may alert me to the need to buy a vignette.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 05:30 PM   #3425
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It's not ideal, but it's better than those horrible ovals that say absolutely nothing. I'm looking at that picture now and I have absolutely no idea what part of SLO or I that I would arrive in - it's useless.
You should know where you are, at least approximately. For Italy it's totally clear which part is meant. As for Slovenia: if you went to Maribor, you'd turn left, towards Klagenfurt, but not many people will do that, and the Karawanken Tunnel is much closer than Lavamünd, so you can dismiss it IMO. It sucks if you're going to Kranjska Gora though.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 01:58 PM   #3426
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Here's something about the A14 Rheintalautobahn I read a couple of days ago:

There are some parts of this Autobahn, especially around Dornbirn Nord, where the Tarmac is already one thick layer of over 70 cm. That is because of the problematic geological situation there and the need to level the street's surface. Much of the Rhine Valley used to be a swamp. When the Autobahn was built, they foresaw the problem and prepared the ground with 7m of ballast. Apparently that wasn't enough, the Autobahn keeps sinking and now the deepest points of its base go 12 m below the ground!

That's pretty much why - if you ever drive from Germany via Austria to Switzerland - you will almost all the time encounter construction works between Bregenz and Dornbirn Nord.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 01:58 PM   #3427
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A5

http://noe.orf.at/news/stories/2653772/

Some citizens' initiatives complaint about a water right order and a nature conservancy order for the A5. The tender procedure is completed but the contracts will not be in force until the complaints are dismissed. The ASFINAG still wants to start construction in 2014 but delays are most likely. Total costs: 320 million €.
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 05:35 PM   #3428
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A4 Autobahn direction Wien, before Fischamend exit, right now:

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Old June 22nd, 2014, 07:15 PM   #3429
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Apparently Austrian drivers understood how Rettungsgasse works, but not why it is needed. Otherwise they wouldn't stand where rescue vehicles are likely to run at speed...
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 07:32 PM   #3430
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It's a straight road. You can hear and see emergency services from miles away....
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 03:21 PM   #3431
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Austrian ASFINAG has announced new deadlines:

http://www.asfinag.at/newsroom?-7247...side-view-full

The most interesting parts of this press release:

- A5 Schrick-Poysbrunn will be built from the 2nd half of 2014 until 2017

- S7 Fürstenfeld expressway (will connect the A2 near Fürstenfeld, Styria with the Hungarian border at Heiligenkreuz) - western part (Riegersdorf-Dobersdorf) 2nd half of 2015 until 2019

Some more plans for the greater Vienna metropolitan area (S1 expressway)

Construction of A26 Linz bypass will start in the 2nd half of 2015, expected opening of the first section in 2018

However, all announced sections are awaiting approval - the environmental impact assessment is still pending. Therefore, I presume that delays are likely, especially for the S7...
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 03:37 PM   #3432
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S7 has been delayed several times over the past 5 years. Back in late 2009, it was planned to begin in 2010, then 2012, then 2014, and now second half of 2015...
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 03:37 AM   #3433
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Asfinag investiert mehr in bestehende Straßen

30. Juni 2014



460 statt 320 Millionen Euro pro Jahr für Autobahnen und Schnellstraßen - Neue Lärmschutzverordnung in Begutachtung

Wien - Für die Erhaltung und Sanierung des bestehenden Autobahn- und Schnellstraßennetzes steht in den kommenden Jahren mehr Geld zur Verfügung. Das hat die Autobahngesellschaft Asfinag am Montag bei einer Pressekonferenz in Wien angekündigt. Gleichzeitig versprach das Verkehrsministerium klare Regelungen für den Schutz der Anrainer vor Lärm. Eine diesbezügliche Verordnung kam am Montag in Begutachtung.

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Highway maintenance:
--->ASFINAG will invest 460 million €uro a year and not 320 million like previously planned

New construction projects:
--->ASFINAG hopes to get soon the green light for the Fürstenfelder Schnellstraße (S7), the S1 in Vienna between Schwechat and Süßenbrunn and for the A26 near Linz

Mühlviertler Schnellstraße (S10):
---> A planned tunnel on the new stretch won´t be built. It´s too expensive. ASFINAG hopes to find another solution.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 09:46 AM   #3434
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Highway maintenance:
--->ASFINAG will invest 460 million €uro a year and not 320 million like previously planned
This is not an increase above previous plannings for this year, but an increase above the average value over the last six years (see the original press release: http://www.asfinag.at/newsroom?-7294...side-view-full)
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Mühlviertler Schnellstraße (S10):
---> A planned tunnel on the new stretch won´t be built. It´s too expensive. ASFINAG hopes to find another solution.
Do you know if this is simply the change from the originally planned tunnel under Reinbach to the Western bypass which was announced last fall? Would make sense to me, AFAIK there is no other long tunnel planned on the Northern section of S10.
http://www.nachrichten.at/oberoester...;art69,1250975
(original plan was "Variante Mitte", now changed to "Variante West" - which definitely makes sense IMHO!, but the NIMBYs are already out and shouting...)

Btw, your source link does not work. It's from the Standard newspaper:
http://***************/2000002481582...chnellstrassen

Edit: type "der Standard .at" without the spaces instead of the *s, no clue what the forum software has against the Standard...
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 12:12 PM   #3435
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is there any plan to connect one day S31 (Eisenstadt) with A6 (Pandorf)?
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 03:33 PM   #3436
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That would be a great ideea. A4 Parndorf-Wien is crowded every time I pass through that area. Thid connection should make things a little bit better.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 04:44 PM   #3437
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That would be a great ideea. A4 Parndorf-Wien is crowded every time I pass through that area. Thid connection should make things a little bit better.
That connection is not planned; however, Vienna -> Kn Bruckneudorf (A6) will be extended to 3+3. The relation Budapest/Bratislava -> Graz is negligible on that stretch of road, it's Vienna itself what generates the amount of traffic there.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 09:15 PM   #3438
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Do you know if this is simply the change from the originally planned tunnel under Reinbach to the Western bypass which was announced last fall? Would make sense to me, AFAIK there is no other long tunnel planned on the Northern section of S10.
http://www.nachrichten.at/oberoester...;art69,1250975
(original plan was "Variante Mitte", now changed to "Variante West" - which definitely makes sense IMHO!, but the NIMBYs are already out and shouting...)

Your guess is correct. They won´t construct the tunnel under Reinbach.



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Btw, your source link does not work. It's from the Standard newspaper:
http://***************/2000002481582...chnellstrassen

Edit: type "der Standard .at" without the spaces instead of the *s, no clue what the forum software has against the Standard...

Yeah there seems to be a problem with the forum software when you use "der Standard" as source.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #3439
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just change the d to t in "standard" and the link will work

voilá: http://derstandart.at/2000002481582/...chnellstrassen
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Old July 6th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #3440
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A5 Schrick-Poysbrunn will be built from the 2nd half of 2014 until 2017
I can only hope. It really will make a huge difference - I remember when coming from Zadar, this section felt incredibly dangerous. I had it planned quite well - first break at the SLO/HR border, second break near Weiner Neustadt, third break on the Czech D1 (with small 5 minute breaks along the way too) - and the missing link of the A5 really was difficult on such a long drive.
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