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Old December 16th, 2015, 09:18 PM   #3301
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The northern part of the Chrudim bypass (I/37) opened to traffic today.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 09:38 PM   #3302
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The last stage of the construction of the "huge" three level roundabout interchange of D35 and I37 near Pardubice is nearing its completion.

It's a pity that those flyover pillars will carry the carriageway that would lead in the next few years only into the fields as the continuation of the D35 in the direction Olomouc is not yet under the construction. The construction could hopefully begin in the next year.

It is this interchange:





http://pardubice.idnes.cz/nakladni-v...ice-zpravy_msv

There's been construction testing going on using loaded Tatra's.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 12:15 AM   #3303
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Is there plan to give I/37 - b/n Pardubice and Hradec Karlove - status of new expressway or motorway from 1.01.2016?
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Old December 17th, 2015, 12:30 AM   #3304
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Is there plan to give I/37 - b/n Pardubice and Hradec Karlove - status of new expressway or motorway from 1.01.2016?
No, there are no changes in the first class roads into motorways.

I-37 will keep being a first class road. But the 2x2 grade separated sections will get the newly introduced status of a Road for Motor Vehicles, which means that only motor vehicles are allowed and the speed limit will be increased to 110 km/h. The speed limit could be even increased locally to 130 km/h, but also decreased, with a traffic sign.

The dark blue is for the Road for Motor Vehicles roads.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 12:40 AM   #3305
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Thanks, it`s what I wanted to know.
Writing "new expressway" I meant Road for Motor Vehicles, like a new stretch I/11 b/n Opava and Ostrava
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Old December 17th, 2015, 08:56 AM   #3306
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That map is outdated, the most actual is incorporated in this official PDF. If you don't mind, please, switch it to avoid misunderstandings...
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Old December 19th, 2015, 08:44 PM   #3308
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The renumbering works on Prague Ring Motorway are almost comleted, more pics by kasme at http://kasme.rajce.idnes.cz/d0-151219/ - pics are from Slivenec, Lochkov and Zbraslav interchanges





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Old December 20th, 2015, 11:21 AM   #3309
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D35 and D46 near Olomouc

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Old December 20th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #3310
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Four huge pannels for an exit in less than 400 meters, but no gates on main railroad crossings. Apparently, Czech Republic does not cease to amaze me
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Old December 20th, 2015, 09:02 PM   #3311
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Four huge pannels for an exit in less than 400 meters, but no gates on main railroad crossings. Apparently, Czech Republic does not cease to amaze me
Sure, they should investm even more in the railway crossings. Especially all those railway corridor lines that have been modernised in the last 20 years should have been modernized to be level crossing free. It would also allow for speeds above 160 km/h on some sections and it is pity that it has not been done like that.

But it won't really ever be possible to perfectly secure all the railway crossings. The only viable alternative being scrapping most of them in fact. There's double the number of railway crossings per capita in Czech Republic than in Germany.

In Germany there's around 40 000 railway crossings per 80 million people (including the Straßenbahnen, the DB records some 25 000 only), while there's 8 500 railway crossings per 10 million people in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic has on of the most dense railway networks, if not the most dense, in the world. In Austria there are some 5 500 railway crossings. I tried to find some statistic. In Austria there's been some 60 % of the railway crossing without signalisation or gates, just a stop sign or a cross, which is around the same as in the Czech Republic with 56 %.

It would be interesting to see and compare these statistics internationally if anyone has them.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 09:11 PM   #3312
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While we are at it, there's been another accident involving a train and a light truck Avia today. This time on a railway crossing with gates in Kostomlaty.


The Avia stood between the gates when it was hit by the train. No one has been injured.

http://www.novinky.cz/krimi/389845-a...i-narazil.html

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Old December 21st, 2015, 12:10 AM   #3313
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Let's just install photocell machine guns and be done with this shit.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 01:25 AM   #3314
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Can you stop this nonsense, please? All "main" crossings are of course with gates where needed. The one involved in Frýdek-Místek accident is in no way a "main crossing". You can see in the footage of the accident that in 30 seconds only 3 cars passed by and the railway line is a single track with slower regional trains.
Also it's equipped with THREE railway crossing lights on both sides, all of them perfectly working. That's a very good standard if you ask me. Tell me a country and I can show you much worse examples of a railway crossing safety from there.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 05:23 AM   #3315
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Tell me a country and I can show you much worse examples of a railway crossing safety from there.
Singapore.
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at least you went with a country with railways!
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The one involved in Frýdek-Místek accident is in no way a "main crossing".
Also it's equipped with THREE railway crossing lights on both sides, all of them perfectly working. That's a very good standard if you ask me.
No, this railroad crossing is just situated on the main access road to Frýdek-Místek train station . Sure, some flashing lights are plenty enough in front of a hundreds tons railroad convoy .
https://www.google.fr/maps/dir/49.67...2203!3e0?hl=fr

Why then put safety barriers on motorways, when a simply painted white line would be largely enough...and would cost much less?

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Old December 22nd, 2015, 02:47 AM   #3319
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also how can barriers cost so much? It's a small gearmotor, a block of concrete and a length of 2x4 wood that can't be more than $1000...
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 03:31 AM   #3320
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also how can barriers cost so much? It's a small gearmotor, a block of concrete and a length of 2x4 wood that can't be more than $1000...
Actually it is quite expensive. Fitting this railway crossing with gates instead of the lights cost around CZK 10 million in 2009. Being some € 400 000 at the time.
http://boleslavsky.denik.cz/zpravy_r...-pristi-r.html

As I understand from several articles, this is more or less the standard price-tag.

This article mentions that the rail road manager would invest some CZK 2 billion into 384 railway crossings in 2012. That gives the price tag at CZK 5 million per railway crossing, but not all of them would get the gates of course.

I think that you can be safe with CZK 7 million on the very low bound estimate for the average costs.

Given that there are more than 8 000 railway crossings and given that 90 % was without the gates, you would need more than 7 200 x 7 million = CZK 50 billion (€ 1.85 billion) to equip all the railway crossings in the country.

There's been some 400 accidents per year on the railway crossings in the Czech republic... Quite a steep price I would say for preventing these accidents.

And it is of course a question whether we would in fact prevent anything, as the most severe accidents happened on the best secured railway crossings, with gates, cameras, lights, everything... and 99 % of cases were at the fault of the drivers that did not respect the traffic rules.

It makes much more sense to concentrate on the few important and problematic places. And in fact it makes more sense to replace the level railway crossings with underpasses or bridges on the most important lines than to equip some less important lines with gates or lights.
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