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Old November 20th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #781
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I've seen that forum, now I just have to check out the road myself.

As for those substandard exits and entrance ramps, as I've said, there are a few nasty ones in the A4-A50 junction.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 01:27 PM   #782
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A1 around Florence (pics from April 2008)




one bad picture interchange for Florence centre and A11 to Pisa


A11 - Montecatini Terme (not so good pics)

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Old November 24th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #783
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The A1 is closed right now near Florence, due to heavy snow.
Nothern and Southern Italy are cut off, as the medias like to say in such cases.









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Old November 26th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #784
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Passante di Mestre will officialy be opened February the 3rd.

Here is a photographinc comparison by Lupo2k. The pics were taken in ~ 1 month distance:





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Old November 26th, 2008, 03:12 PM   #785
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Hmm, quite a lot of work remains for the next two months.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:06 PM   #786
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Trieste bypass

Today I took the opportunity to escape foggy Ljubljana and go to sunny Trieste. My photos start at the (previous) border crossing Fernetiči/Fernetti between Slovenian A3 and Italian RA14 motorways (although the border crossing itself is not a motorway, so all kinds of vehicles may cross it, as well as pedestrians).

Still in Slovenia.


The buildings will disappear in less than a month.


Welcome to Italy.


We choose motorway.


9 km to Trieste.


A sharp turn.


Now we're going under the border crossing.




The RA14 motorway is very short.


I always turn right here (for Venice), but this time I'll go left.


Haha, I've never driven on this ramp (but I have in the other direction).


And here the RA14 ends, and we join the RA13 motorway, which can already be considered Trieste bypass.


Hey, what? I just left Slovenia. Oh right, Slovenia is all around Trieste.


SS58 della Carniola? (Carniola is a traditional and historical region of modern Slovenia)






Rabuiese is a (former) border crossing with Slovenia south of Trieste.


Exit for Rijeka. Until last week, the motorway ended here.


What are you doing here?


And you?


This is now the new part of the bypass, which mostly consists of a 3-km-long tunnel Carso (Karst) through the so called Impossible Cave.




The beginning looks like a cut-and-cover, going through nothing particular.


My best tunnel picture by far! Looks fancy.


Sorry for crappy photo, I just wanted to show you that (real) motorway (autostrada) ends here, and the SS202 expressway (superstrada) begins. It was previously considered motorway, even though the speed limit is 70 km/h.


Shiny crash barriers! :O


Another tunnel, also new.




You can see by the pavement where the old section begins.


The expressway has many curves. The speed limit here is still 80 km/h.


The tree should go somewhere else.


Corridor.


There are great views from the expressway on Trieste and the Adriatic Sea.


Luckily it has emergency stops.




Exit for the new expressway for Koper/Capodistria (Slovenia). We continue for the port and the city-center.


Commieblocks! And I thought the surrounding Yugoslavia was communist.


The old road for Koper/Capodistria.




70-km/h speed limit starts here, and you can't drive much faster anyway. It's a question, if it can still be considered an expressway. Well, you're faster here than through the city, that's for sure. No matter what, it's a magnificent elevated road.





SS 202 ex G. V. T. (Grande Viabilitā Triestina).








Between these two pictures I wanted to take a picture of by far the ugliest building around, but I almost crashed. Seriously, I literally had to completely stop on the expressway (0 km/h), because someone wanted to enter the expressway from a short entrance ramp, there was traffic on the overtaking lane and behind me and I was taking photos... I'm glad to be at home anyway.



There's a short tunnel here, and a scooter, of course. (taken in the other direction)


A shopping mall.


Still autostrada, eh?


Left for the 7th pier of the port, right for the downtown.


The end of the 'motorway', welcome to Trieste.


I hope it wasn't too many pictures.

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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #787
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Nice little roadtrip you just did

I have to say Slovenian signage is way better than the Italian one. I can't get used to it. But I need to drive it myself
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:15 PM   #788
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...and you'll get lost.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:15 PM   #789
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TomTom will guide me
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #790
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Great report Verso! Very interesting to see so many pics of that area, that is completely surrounded by Slovenia

How do you take your pics btw?
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #791
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Thanks. What do you mean, how do I take my pics?

PS: great that we're on the next page, so I can put a few more thousand pics.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:30 PM   #792
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How do you hold your camera? I mean, Chris straps it to his dashboard, for example, I just hold it in my hand because I don't have to drive
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #793
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This is taking photos, not shooting videos, Chris can't strap it to his dashboard, we just hold them in our hands.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:55 PM   #794
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Expressway Trieste - Koper/Capodistria (Slovenia)

This new expressway, connecting Trieste to the Slovenian town of Koper/Capodistria, has no number whatsoever (except E751). And the speed limit seemed to be 50 km/h.

Still on the SS202, going back up.


Now we'll turn right.


It's Škofije, not Skofije, and who needs name of the (former!) border crossing on (new!) signs anyway?


A 1.5-km Monte d'Oro tunnel was required here too.


The only exit on the expressway.






(Former) border crossing Rabuiese/Škofije. There was a car with American license plates behind me.


Slovenian vignettes on sale. They translated "hitre ceste" into "highways" instead of "expressways".


This border crossing is officially also not expressway, so you can cross it without a vignette.


Welcome to the Slovenian H5 expressway.


Ah, this was more handy.

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Old November 28th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #795
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Sweet. Didn't know the outskirts of Trieste look so run down.

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This is taking photos, not shooting videos, Chris can't strap it to his dashboard, we just hold them in our hands.
So were you driving and taking pics at the same moment?

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Old November 28th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #796
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We always do it like that, can you imagine driving and taking pics at the same time on this narrow Trieste bypass?
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Old November 28th, 2008, 12:43 AM   #797
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RA17 Villesse (A4) - Gorizia - Slovenia

This "raccordo autostradale" (motorway connection) is not a motorway at all. Neither expressway. It's a 4-lane road with interchanges though. It shall be upgraded to a motorway at the end of 2012.

I'll borrow this picture, cause mine is crappy.

http://www.autobahn-online.de/phorum/read.php?3,107518

We're leaving the A4 motorway.


The A4 cost me 1 euro.









When the road was worse, the speed limit was 90 km/h.










Exit for Gorizia, I'm going home.




(Former) border crossing Sant'Andrea/Vrtojba. Viva Schengen!


Not this shit again. But you can cross this border crossing without a vignette too (but the H4 motorway/expressway is ahead).


I hope you liked it.

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Old November 28th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #798
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I did Nice report.

And about holding your camera: Chris somewhere said he uses velcro, but that's probably just for video's, right?
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Old November 28th, 2008, 09:46 AM   #799
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Old November 28th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #800
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Yes, Verso, very nice report. Thanks!
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