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Old April 27th, 2017, 09:55 AM   #3681
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D0 Prague Ring

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Czech media reports that the construction of the eastern part of the D0 / Prague Ring Road may begin in late 2019. It's the D1 to D11 segment. An EIA should be completed by February 2017. It is 12 kilometers long.

https://www.novinky.cz/domaci/414026...once-2019.html
EIA documentation has been completed, then it was going to Minstry of Environment for control and last week the process EIA has been started. This is how the whole documentation looks like. Transport ministry also prepared the memorandum with Prague representatives about the cooperation in properties settlement, what could substantially speed up the land purchase. Source: www.mdcr.cz

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Old April 27th, 2017, 12:08 PM   #3682
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Are all those binders one single EIA, or several prints? All bundles look the same.
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Old April 27th, 2017, 03:00 PM   #3683
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It might be one, eventually two or three copies. But taking into account, that for example EIA for Temelin power plant weight was about 25 kilos I guess those are two copies maximum.
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Podolský bridge

Situated in Písek district and spanned above the Vltava river and Orlík dam this ferroconcrete arch bridge was at the time of its completition in 1949 the longest bridge in Czechoslovakia and one of the longest in Europe in that time. Total lenght is 510m and total height above the river is from 55 to 65 meters, the main arch is 150m long and eight minor archs 37 meters wide each.

Bridge proposals had been presented from 1923 and the decision about the bridge construction came in 1929. Old chain bridge was on this place before. Constructed in 1848 and although historically quite interesting, from beginning of twenties it did not meet the raising demands of the road transport. Another reason to build new bridge was the construction of Orlík dam and one of the ideas was to raise the height of the bridge by 19 meters, which was denied. Podolský bridge was in 1945 a part of demarcation line between US and Soviet soldiers, who liberated Czechoslovakia. Both bridges coexist together untill 1960, when old chain bridge has been dismantled, removed and constructed again in other place nearby, now named Stádlecký bridge.

Podolský bridge is designed by Václav Janák, Antonín Brebera and Ladislav Pacholík and constructed by Ing. Bedřich Hlava company. On the sides of the bridge there are sidewalks for pedestrians, on both ends parking slots and on a left bank a sightseeing terrace.

In Paris modern architecture exhibition in 1937 the bridge project was awarded by golden medale and the title „le beau pont de l´Europe“. Another award came from water exhibition in 1939 in Liege.






Old and new bridge coexisted together until 1960:

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Old May 5th, 2017, 08:44 AM   #3685
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End of billboards on Czech motorways and first class roads

From September is valid new law, which forbids any billboards on motorways and first class roads in a distance of 250m, or 50m from the route.



According to the regional coordinator of BESIP Pavel Cizek, billboards are dangerous for two reasons. "They mainly distract the driver from driving. Few do not look at the little dressed girl, even if it offers only some stupidity. In addition, in the event of an accident, the concrete plinth on which such a billboard is located might be a reason for injury, "said Čížek.

Four years ago, the crash of the van to the supply of the concrete structure of the giant commercial at Drysice in Vyškov district caused an injury to all nine car passengers. "At our instigation, the billboard owners have been liquidated it in several months," Alice Musilova, a senior police spokeswoman, said.

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● The end of ads is September 2017, both billboards on state land and private land, in a 250-meter protection zone around highways and expressways, 50 meters around first class roads
● Ads disappear from the bridges, only road services advertising signs will be left to warn you, for example, of petrol stations
● The prohibition of billboards on roads in municipalities did not pass

It was in 2013 that the billboards were gradually reduced by roadmen. "Road ads graudually have disappeared. In particular, in Vyskov and Blansko, billboards are scrapped, with some exceptions, "said Jan Studecký, spokesman for the Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD).

The crash to the big billboards structure occurs so rare now in both regions, "said the Blansko police spokesman, Bohumil Malášek," and the reason that billboardof the inconsistency of the billboard is hard to prove.

In addition, the often tawdry billboards, according to the director of Kverulant company Vojtech Razimy, who has long favored their abolition, they also devastate the environment.

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Old May 9th, 2017, 08:24 AM   #3686
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D3 Borek Úsilné construction photos, thanks to Sudr from ceskedalnice.cz:











Level crossing Úsilné aerial video:




D11 aerial video, sections east from Hradec Králové:

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Old May 13th, 2017, 01:05 AM   #3687
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New Prague highway projected

New EIA documentation has been completed for I/12 section Běchovice – Úvaly. This new 12,6 km should relieve the often jammed section of I/12 east of Prague in direction Kolín as well as bypass satellite villages Běchovice, Újezd nad Lesy and Úvaly.
Section will be divided four lane road with emergency lane and grade intersection and should be constructed in accordance with eastern part of D0 Prague ring road Modletice – Běchovice, connection of D1 and D11. Construction start is projected in 2020.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 08:55 PM   #3688
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Last week began also archeological and earthing works on adjacent D11 section Smiřice – Jaroměř. So just east of Hradec Králové in the next few years will see about 25 kilometers of new motorways.
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Archeological and earthing works began on Friday on D35 Opatovice – Časy. On D35 Časy – Ostrov as well
What does "earthing works" mean, clearance? According to the project pages, "construciton works" will begin in September/October.

I think I should not yet add the projects to my u/c list but in fall.

D11: Hradek Kralove – north of Smirice 15.2km (September 2017 to April 2021) – projectmap
D11: north of Smirice – Jaromer-North 7.4km (September 2017 to September 2020) – projectmap
D35: Opatovice – Casy 12.6km (October 2017 to February 2021) – projectmap
D35: Casy – Ostrov 14.5km (October 2017 to February 2021) – projectmap
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Old May 15th, 2017, 09:02 PM   #3689
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Probably archeological digs and utility relocations.
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I used the expression earthing works as direct translation from "zemní práce" from CZ/SK. It means the removing of the top soil, which is the most fertile soil type and according to the law it must be removed before any construction works are perfromed.

It, however, does not mean the construction has began, the construction start is usually considered when the basements for the bridges/estacades, or road layer has began. I think the dates for D11 and D35 as for now should stay as they are.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #3691
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Construction start is projected in 2020.
2020? Is that really possible?
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2020? Is that really possible?
I think present Prague representatives are quite interested in improving traffic situation in the city. They will buy properties under future D0 Modletice - Běchovice, for example, this is at least what today press writes and this can also help I/12 Prague section. Of course delays could happen. Anyway, D0 511 and I/12 sections are most advanced new Prague motorways-like sections in respect to approvals I think. Northern D0 sections are now far from construction start.
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Experience from the past 5-8 years shows that announced 'start of construction' dates by ŘSD are just guesswork. It could be 2020. It could also be 2021, 2023 or 2030. A large number of motorway projects that were planned to start in 2010-2015 still haven't started.

For example in the late 2000s it appeared that D11 would've been extended to Jaroměř by 2013. Now we know better.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 10:53 PM   #3694
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Right, but you could not blame that much the motorways and roads construction before 2008. During the crisis 2008/2009 many projects were stopped, officially, or unoficcially, as some approvals were not sufficient, documents were missing, or similar facts. I think it also depends on the government, whether it is let´s say more "motorways" or "roads positive", or not. It is just my feeling, that this government has a taste for new motorways and roads, they passed new legislation, that simplifies approval process for example, but let´s see at the end of the year how many projects started from this year plan.
Many first class roads have started according to this year plan, we´ll see, how it´s gonna be with motorways.
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Old May 19th, 2017, 01:03 AM   #3695
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D49 Hulín - Fryšták

Officially started in 2008, in 2010 the works on this 16,4 km section were halted at the most of the route. However, some objects, like level crossings and engineering works are being performed, especially in the near of Fryšták and Hulín. On the rest of the section are earthworks and archeological digs. Full construction is awaited from September.



Photos from level crossing in the near of Hulín:

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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:21 PM   #3696
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Electronic vignettes from 2019, truck toll changes

Drivers of passenger cars and vans of up to 3.5 tonnes from 2019 will end the regular ritual of pulling old and sticking the new highway sticker. The Ministry of Transport wants to convert motorway stickers from paper to electronic. The material has already been sent to the inter-ministerial commentary procedure. New system promises both cost savings and simplification for the driver.

It will save primarily on the costs of printing and distributing motorway stamps: prints cost 30 million CZK a year, distributing roughly 250 millions of CZK. The state estimates the material savings of at least six to eight percent. In Slovakia, where electronic toll stamps have been in place since January, they are more optimistic: they speak up to a fifth of savings.
The system should work as follows: the driver buys an annual mark for his registration mark via the Internet and the cameras located on the toll gates capture it. The system will see if a charge is paid for the brand. If so, it will delete the photo. If they discover the journey without payment, the officers shall initiate administrative proceedings. The new feature is that the driver will no longer have to carry a proof of a mark.

The plan also foresees places where the annual fee can be paid physically, especially beyond the border crossings. In the first place, however, the state will only offer variants for a calendar year or a month or 14 days. Later it should be possible to buy a time fee of 365 days from any date. Now, for example, anyone who gets the car in June will have to pay the toll mark for the whole year.

There is no problem with opposition parliament parties. "After a long time when the ministry concentrated on increasing repression, it comes up with a good proposal that will make it easier to pay for toll roads and increase passenger comfort. The introduction of modern transport technologies should also continue with the more frequent use of electronic tag variables responding to the current state of transport. Given the speed of the work of the Ministry of Transport, I fear that we will see the changes in a few years, "says former Transport Minister Zbynek Stanjura (ODS party).

Originals at: http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/papirove-d...ko-doprava_rts,
http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/dalnice-ce..._ekonomika_ale


Motorway stickers price evolution:



"We are dealing with the Ministry of Transport to modify the law that would allow the introduction of electronic motorway toll stamps. On this occasion, as part of the comments, we will propose a shift in the ceiling for the price of motorway vouchers, "said Zbyněk Hořelica, Director of the State Transport Infrastructure Fund.

Up to now, the state law allows for a maximum of 1 500 crowns for each car to be collected for motorway stamps. The last price increase for the maximum amount occurred in 2012, since then the price has not moved. Hořelica did not indicate the amount of the ceiling for the price of the motorway to move. It is certain that the price will rise in the first place since 2019. "It will depend on the attitude of the ministry and the new government," Hořelica said.

State revenues from highway stamps are growing steadily, and last year they paid drivers for coupons worth 4.6 billion CZK.


Toll for trucks

There is also a rise in toll rates for trucks and freight wagons. The new chart is developed by Deloitte's project manager, who advises the ministry to prepare a toll service competition. Toll revenues in the Czech Republic do not grow as fast as truck traffic increases. This is mainly the advantage of trucks with the highest emission standards. It was introduced at a time when these cars were paying for an exception. Today, however, it is common practice and other new trucks than those complying with Euro 6 can not be purchased. However, carriers still pay considerably less for them.

Thus, at least hundreds of millions of crowns flee the state annually, and because of this it fails to exceed the threshold of 10 billion crowns collected on tolls per year. According to Inoxive data, the yield of each kilometer on average is less than four crowns.

This is why, according to myth, Czecia is cheaper compared to its neighbors. For example, a three-axle freight wagon with an Euro 6 emission class will pay 25 cents per kilometer of driving in Austria, or about 6.60 CZK. In the Czech Republic except for Friday afternoons it is 2,85 CZK. "A long-term and legible tolling strategy should be adopted," said Hořelica, SFDI (State Fund for Transport Infrastructure) chief executive officer. According to the president of ČESMAD Bohemia (truckers association) Vojtěch Hromíř, so far there has been no talk of changing the toll rates.

Historical truck toll revenues and costs chart
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The problem with toll rates according to euro emission class is that you're trying to fund road construction while giving discount to clean trucks. While useful for environmental purposes, it's not as useful for financial purposes. The road construction cost is the same for a euro 1 truck as it is for a euro 6 truck.

This is why privatized toll roads generally do not hand out discounts according to euro emission classes. In France the truck pay tolls according to length / axles, not environmental standards. It can also not be integrated in such tolling systems.

A big problem these days is AdBlue manipulation. AdBlue is the primary reason why trucks of euro 5/6 standard even exist. It cleans the exhaust. Without AdBlue, these trucks would be euro 3 class or below. But many trucking companies, in particular in central and eastern Europe, use devices to manipulate the engine management system. That way they don't consume AdBlue, and thus their emissions are worse. This is not only bad for the environment, but they are also paying less tolls than they should, leading to unfair competition and a loss of revenue.
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Ad 1, totally agree.
Ad 2, France is, however a big country with quite a few toll companies, which could have similar strategies and environmental policies. Still interesting to know, how the truck toll works there.
Then I think it is too general to say truck companies especially from CE and EE countries manipulate the engine management system. Is there any reliable statistics, or is it just the news compilation.. Also if I understand it correctly, AdBlue addition is legal, other additives, which could be substitutes for AdBlue are often not legal. Btw, AdBlue is not an invention of EE.. Manipulating engine management system is for sure a problem that needs to be solved. However, I don t think it concerns just the trucks, but also passenger cars, see for example this article.
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The road construction cost is the same for a euro 1 truck as it is for a euro 6 truck.

This is why privatized toll roads generally do not hand out discounts according to euro emission classes. In France the truck pay tolls according to length / axles, not environmental standards. It can also not be integrated in such tolling systems.
Sure, a private toll agency cannot distinguish environmental standards but I don't see any problem to do it for non-private toll roads. If the government wants to have less or cleaner emissions, it's a good way to reach this goal. It just means that vehicles with worse emissions have to pay more. Let's say, they pay a fine for being more dirty.
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When older trucks are written off and newer trucks enter the market, the toll revenue will go down, as more and more trucks are eligible for the lower toll rates. While this may be an environmental success, it also reduces funding for infrastructure, in particular when toll revenue is directly funding it. For example through an infrastructure or road fund.
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