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Old July 10th, 2007, 12:26 AM   #581
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Read this news, dude: EU executive chides Romania, Bulgaria on corruption

And to answer your question as to why Struma motorway is cheaper, that's because the labour in Bulgaria is cheaper. I don't know about the quality of work in Bulgaria, but I'd like to point out that shiny barriers and signs constitute very little fraction of total funds allocated for the road construction. You are paying too much attention to minor things instead of concentrating on the major issue - for how long a road will preserve the acceptable quality?

For instance, in Russia new roads look very sexy for the first year. Then, after the first winter you get huge cracks and pot holes that need to be filled regularly. At the same time, in Finland the roads are somehow able to withstand extreme temperature changes.
Okay but bulgaria isn´t russia, people from EU are there to check if roads are built properly, how do you think the E79 stays with black asphalt and noone single hole for 7 years now, eh, eh eh? Becase it´s good quality road like other roads, two. And are you so dump and think Bulgaria want to rebuild he roads as there are plans to reconstruct the whole network?

Keber, i am 19 and it´s definetly not bullshit what i am talking, it is important for me, if you are not interested in this don´t talk to me man, the highways section is there exactly for this. To me and other people i know it is important the roads to look nice, i like that, just you in slovenia are the right person to tlak because Slovenia also makes the motorways to look good.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 12:29 AM   #582
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Old July 10th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #583
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Old July 10th, 2007, 01:20 AM   #584
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Sea-to-Sky Highway: Road for the 2010 Olympics




Project Overview

As part of Highway 99, the Sea-to-Sky Highway winds its way through the spectacular Coast Mountains, linking communities from West Vancouver to Whistler. British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation has initiated the $600 million Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project to increase this road’s safety, reliability and capacity. In addition to meeting the area’s future traffic needs, the upgrades will also enhance economic development opportunities in communities along the highway and in the province as a whole.

During construction, project staff are working hard to ensure the improvements are carried out safely, efficiently and with minimal disruption to the public. These efforts to keep traffic running smoothly will continue until the project is completed in 2009, in time for the 2010 Olympic Games.



Project Benefits

Some of the many benefits the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project will provide include:

- A straighter highway and improved sightlines, creating more consistent driving speeds and shorter travel times
- 80 kilometres of new passing lanes between Horseshoe Bay and Whistler
- Highly reflective pavement markings along the entire route, making the SeatoSky Highway easier to navigate, particularly during times of poor visibility
- Shoulder and centreline rumble strips and additional median barriers
- Safer, more effective intersections
- Wider shoulders for improved safety and accommodation for cyclists and disabled vehicles
- Better pullouts and opportunities for police enforcement along the highway
- Stronger bridges to withstand potential damage from debris when water levels are high
- Concrete dividers between directions and the sides of the road
- Enhanced monitoring of road conditions by electronic weather stations to improve highway maintenance response during winter weather
- 6,000 new jobs throughout the province as a result of economic activity generated along the corridor
- Provincial GDP increased by $300 million over the period of 2010 to 2025


Squamish to Whistler
- 3-lanes throughout this section
- straightening, widening, improved sightlines
- alternating passing lanes

Murrin Park to Squamish
- 4-lane divided highway
- Median Barriers throughout including the addition of urban design features in Squamish

North of Lions Bay to Murrin Park
- mix of 2, 3, and 4-lane sections
- 4-lane sections will have median barriers

West Vancouver to Lions Bay
- 4-lanes with continuous median barrier
- straightening, widening, and improved sightlines


After improvements are completed, the highway will be safer and it will shave travel time from West Vancouver to Whistler by 30 minutes; from 120 minutes to 90 minutes.


For more information, visit the official website: www.seatoskyimprovements.ca







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Old July 10th, 2007, 01:30 AM   #585
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Spring 2007: entire project is 65% complete


West Vancouver - Eagleridge Bluffs interchange















To Squamish

























































To Whistler








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Old July 10th, 2007, 02:07 AM   #586
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A magnificient work, so precise in every constructive detail, at the same time so simple and plain, like respecting the incredible scenary surrounding it.

One of my favorite roads, from now on.

(L) BC.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 03:32 AM   #587
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But Bulgaria doesn't have the same extreme temperature shifts as Canada, potholes are created through a freeze/thaw process and the water particles within the road may freeze and thaw many times through the year which creates the potholes, because the freezing causes the water to expands, and then when it melts, it leaves a larger hole for more water to get in, and the holes continue to get bigger till they get repaired in the spring, summer. Hence why in Canada the 4 seasons are Winter, More Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction. And truly road repairs are done continuously for 3-4 months straight. Sure not in the same location, but every year repairs have to be done. So for roads to be perfect is easier in Bulgaria than in Canada, do to Bulgaria having a more favourable climate. And I'm done
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Old July 10th, 2007, 05:55 AM   #588
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Old July 10th, 2007, 06:05 AM   #589
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Great that it is on schedule for the games. Magnificent road. All the communities along the way will see spurred development.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 08:22 AM   #590
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Wow, a fine piece of engineering.
It's amazing what infrastructure a country will improve for the olympics... I wish the olympics went to more places!
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Old July 10th, 2007, 08:59 AM   #591
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Spectacular scenery!

Also, what do colors mean on this map?




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Old July 10th, 2007, 09:19 AM   #592
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Interesting.

It's funny to see how motorways/subways/trains are being build for major international sports events like the olympics or soccer championships.

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Old July 10th, 2007, 09:24 AM   #593
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Keber, i am 19 and it´s definetly not bullshit what i am talking, it is important for me, if you are not interested in this don´t talk to me man, the highways section is there exactly for this.
The Bulgarian topic is exactly for this.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 09:30 AM   #594
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I don't think the upgrade was done specifically for the Olympics. It needed to be done anyway. The Olympics just gave reason to do it sooner.
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I don't think the upgrade was done specifically for the Olympics. It needed to be done anyway. The Olympics just gave reason to do it sooner.
Yup, the Ministry of Transportation was planning a highway upgrade for 2012 but it was fast tracked, like many other projects, a few years for the Olympics.

It's a needed upgrade anyway, being the deadliest road in British Columbia. The sharp turns, narrow lanes, and poor sightlines have been the cause of thousands of car crashes every year. Last year, two dozen people lost their lives. Beautiful yet deadly.
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Well I'd rather have dull looking Tall-Wall barriers than shiny guiderails, because atleast the dull things will stop me
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Old July 10th, 2007, 01:57 PM   #597
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The Bulgarian topic is exactly for this.
Yeah and so is the Dutch highways section for mentioning the 700€ for 7 km motorway.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #598
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My city does about 4,000,000$ for road repair annually, just over 2% of the city budget.
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Ahh, what a ride that would be!
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Yeah and so is the Dutch highways section for mentioning the 700€ for 7 km motorway.
At least i don't post that in EVERY topic.
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