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Old August 2nd, 2007, 10:28 AM   #201
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 10:29 AM   #202
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Tunnel del Gran Sasso (10km)

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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:16 AM   #203
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Where is it? On A3?

Cool that viaduct with overlapped ways

But why are they building another one?
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:23 AM   #204
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A3 certainly not. But old autostrada certainly is.

Probably original viaduct is in bad shape, so renovation actually means new construction.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:26 AM   #205
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It's on Cisa highway.

http://fr.structurae.de/structures/d...fm?ID=s0009835
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:36 AM   #206
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The Valle Peligna's viaduct by the train



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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:40 AM   #207
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Ponte della Valnerina



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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:42 AM   #208
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Pedemontana di Gioia Tauro
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 12:41 AM   #209
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By popular demand ...

Some various pictures by me of Autostrada A3 Salerno - Regio di Calabria. They are not very spectacular, with high road fences (crashbarriers), they can hardly be, if taken from the car.

A3 is a very interesting motorway, worth driving on it through whole, because of very impressive scenery and also interesting objects on autostrada, albeit some cannot be seen good because of high fences. Mostly is something like this:




Typical (inadequate) distance sign (with beautiful oleander plants everywhere):


Reconstruction works towards Salerno:


Border between two regions:


Unfinished reconstruction:


Reconstruction of overpasses (about 7 on this section, they look exactly the same as pictured - about 100 km south of Salerno) has been obviously halted years ago, and still no sign of completion:


Start of detour because of reconstruction, that was halted years ago (close to Vibo Valentia). Detours on A3 are otherwise very common. Vegetation takes its own way:


There was a tunnel (sorry, no picture), whose construction started apparently at least 5, if not 10 years ago, but tunnel boring did not complete and concrete of this tunnel is now in very deteriorated condition.

Going through wildfire beside autostrada close to Rosarno (wildfires were very common sight and smell through whole Calabria):


Going up to the mountains in few tens km long ascent (north of Consenza) - those hilltops reach over 2200 m:




On the top of that ascent there is something, I didn't see anywhere in the world. Autostrada ends for 500 m and is changed to two way road. But only for 500 m, terrain there is not very difficult - it would require about 150 long inexpensive viaduct, but was apparently never built - or something else happened, who knows.



Viaduct around Scilla (close to Reggio):


A paralleling motorway is in construction, going a bit lower than current one:


A bit north this monstrum can be seen (in my opinion at least 120 m high and almost 1 km long) - only one half can be seen, other was obstructed by the hill:


Overall, very interesting autostrada to drive, and when fully renovated (let say in some 5-7 years) it will be a joy to ride. But it is already now, even if pavement and objects are now very outdated. Number of tunnels and viaducts is even now immense, with reconstruction there will be even more of them.

From Salerno to intersection with superstrada for Potenza it is already 6 laned with emergency lanes on most sections (remaining sections are in construction), section 30 km further south is in construction (new motorway with 2+2+emergency lanes). Also construction of new motorway is from Rosarno to Regio di Calabria, traffic is now flowing only on 1+1 lane, which can lead to long travel times because of long ascents and large number of trucks, which cannot manage appropriate speed at ascent or descent. In between (about 250-300 km of motorway) almost nothing is happening right now, so most of the work is still to be done.
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Thanks for the pics! I was always wondering how the scenery looked. I doubt if i will ever drive it. Reggio Calabria is over 2300km from my home.
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Thanks for the pics! I was always wondering how the scenery looked. I doubt if i will ever drive it. Reggio Calabria is over 2300km from my home.
Actually Netherland tourists are one of the most common foreigners in Calabria. Never say never.
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Overall, very interesting autostrada to drive, and when fully renovated (let say in some 5-7 years) it will be a joy to ride. But it is already now, even if pavement and objects are now very outdated. Number of tunnels and viaducts is even now immense, with reconstruction there will be even more of them.

From Salerno to intersection with superstrada for Potenza it is already 6 laned with emergency lanes on most sections (remaining sections are in construction), section 30 km further south is in construction (new motorway with 2+2+emergency lanes). Also construction of new motorway is from Rosarno to Regio di Calabria, traffic is now flowing only on 1+1 lane, which can lead to long travel times because of long ascents and large number of trucks, which cannot manage appropriate speed at ascent or descent. In between (about 250-300 km of motorway) almost nothing is happening right now, so most of the work is still to be done.
Thank you for that fantastic report

The problem with A3 works is local mafia ever could enter (with the complicity of local administrations) the renovation works with its almost fake societies which took the money, didn't make the work and then disappeared
For that works are so messy
Recently previous and current Governement intervened to control directely and changed the way of contracts allocation, and things are getting better...
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Yesterday I was travelling through the A21, called also "Autostrada dei Vini" (Highways of Wines), between Piacenza and Cremona.

I have to say it's really good kept, the pavement it's ok.

It's going to be updated in some parts to a 3-lanes Autostrada and the works are at a good point.

I saw that the works for the TAV (HSL italian network) are ok. The passage over the Autostrada is nearly completed.
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Wow, some fantastic viaducts over there!
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 11:12 PM   #215
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Tunnel del Gran Sasso (10km)

wow! i was allways wondering what it looks like! i think it is the longest tunnel in Europe with double tube
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Is it always so busy on the A14?

According to autostrade.it there is 145km of traffic jam between Bologna and Cattolica (past Rimini).
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Is one of the most important junctions of the italian network! it's always busy during the year and especially during the summer when there are millions people moving from north to south!

last preview says that this weekend will be 11 millions people travelling through the italian autostrade network!
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[IMG]http://i11.************/4xpxono[/IMG]

that's the actual situation on the network. now it's quite good, but this morning was a nightmare.

it's really a hard weekend, there are a lot of areas in which there are queues of 10 or more km.
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a usual "red" area, along the Adriatic Riviera. In the "Costa Romagnola", after Bologna and between Rimini and Riccione.

[IMG][IMG]http://i17.************/548if0y.png[/IMG][/IMG]


if you look at this link, you will find an interactive map.

press on the interested point, and you can see a zoomed map and the link for the webcams!

http://www.autostrade.it/autostrade/traffico.do
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