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Old August 14th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #761
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the state will also issue bonds to fund motorway projects.
At last, Czech government came to senses and starts to look for the funds "against the crisis". I mean when there are budget shortfalls, there's still a way to have money for infrastructure...

But... Poland already started to issue bonds for road construction. Our government wants to raise ca. 2,5 US$ till the end of this year. Our appetite will probably grow next year... We will have to compete with each other to get the money from the market. The "price of the money" will go up for both governments. Not good...
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Old August 17th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #762
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When is the Prague outer ring motorway going to be complete?
Southern section next year, probably in autumn. Other parts - nobody knows :-/ with the crisis, many projects were put on hold.


Regarding the funds: The whole amount for 2010 represents 120 bil. CZK, cca 35 bil. should be gained by bonds. But our Finance Ministry says, there have to be some significant cuts in the national budget expenditures, so I won't be so happy, it is still only a proposal for the next years national budget.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #763
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Good news. 6.6 billion dollars is significant, that's twice the amount of money spend in the Netherlands. (which has 6 million more inhabitants and has 1.5 times higher GDP per capita).
6.6 billion dollars! Wow! I wonder how many kilometres they are planning to construct!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #764
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It's like a 40 kilometres of motorway in urban conditions
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Old August 17th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #765
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It's like a 40 kilometres of motorway in urban conditions
You compared multi-year projects with a one year budget there
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Old August 17th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #766
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6.6 billion USD is an enormous number for the Czech Republic! How much is that? 400 km?
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Old August 19th, 2009, 12:19 PM   #767
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6.6 billion USD is an enormous number for the Czech Republic! How much is that? 400 km?
Hmm, hold on a bit 85 mil. CZK (4.7 bil USD) is a budget of Infrastructure fund, which means also railway and other transport means and it's only a proposal, that was not approved nor by government, neither by parliament!
Plus bonds in amount of 1.9 bil USD for transport infrastructure projects, that's a good news OTOH.

Then you see that it is not so much for motorways.. Motorway directorate has put many projects on hold, there won't be such a construction boom asi in last few years, don't believe it Projects to be completed in 2010 are:
  • R1 Prague Outer Ring, southern part
  • So called Hulin cross (D1, R55, R49 junction and some 20 kms around it)
  • Short sections on R4, R6 and R7
  • Oficially D8 last stretch, but nobody believes it
To sum it up, around 60 kms of new D and R tracks ...
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Old August 20th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #768
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Some pictures from the Aš - Cheb region in extreme western Czechia.

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1. Small signs for traffic to As.
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2. The bypass of As, wide and good alignment, but the road could use a resurfacing job.
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3. Roundabout ahead.
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4. Pavement is much better after the roundabout.
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5. There was some traffic on this sunday afternoon, mostly Germans.
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6. Signage to local towns in the area.
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7. Distance sign to Cheb. I once stayed on a campsite in Cheb in 2001.
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8. The village of Hazlov, the only town between the German border and Cheb.
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9. Exit to Vojtanov.
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10. Ahead is also Frantiskovy Lazne. Modern, but kind of kitsch.
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11. The open Czech roads.
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12. Frantiskovy Lazne, some kind of spa.
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13. E49 joins us from Plauen.
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14. Railroad crossing. Beware: they may be uneven and driving across it with 80 km/h can be bad.
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15. We're on route 21 now.
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16. Modern intersection.
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17. Another gas station.
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18. The main exit to Frantiskovy Lazne. Route 21 forms a bypass.
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19. Cloverleaf ahead.
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20. Clear signage.
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21. I didn't had a vignette, so I'm turning to Bayreuth.
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22. I think Czech has one of the best signage with capital letters. Better than France imo.
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23. On route 6, some kind of express road.
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24. No traffic...
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25. Exit to Liba.
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26. Route 6/ E48 marker.
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27. 2x2 lanes before the border.
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28. Exit to Pomezi, the border town.
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29. I guess these 2x2 lanes used to be mainly waiting lines to get into Germany, "the civilized world" back in the 90's.
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30. Border crossing ahead.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #769
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Is 'nebesa' also heaven in Czech? Really good roads, I must say, and Chris, you didn't need a vignette for that motorroad.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #770
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Excellent pictures as always Chris!


P.S. "Aš" in Lithuanian means "I" (exactly the same spelling). Quite funny to see a town named like that.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #771
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Photo 1: Those are old Czech signs which could be found everywhere a long time ago (I was there in 1991 and 1993).

The border: I remember this bordercrossing: The 2+2-lanes were about 1 or 2 km long between the Czech and German checkpoints. There was harldy any waiting by then.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #772
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Fantastic job Chris!
Looks like you went to road heaven.

I rather suspect that the Czechs knew you were coming and painted the road markings in brilliant white.
I suspect mapman:cz told them to do that.

Tell me, Chris, what is your technique for taking pictures without the dashboard being visible?
Is it a bit of zoom?
Or do you use some contraption attached to your car?

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Old August 20th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #773
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Tell me, Chris, what is your technique for taking pictures without the dashboard being visible?
Is it a bit of zoom?
Or do you use some contraption attached to your car?
A what?

I zoom in about 2 - 3 times (about 1/3rd of the 6x zoom), so I don't get the interior on the pics.
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There aren't many 2-lettered towns out there. I only know of Aš (CZ), 2× Au (A, CH), Ig (SLO) and... Oš (Kyrgyzstan).
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There is a river called Aa in the Netherlands, but I don't know if there is a town with that name
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Yes there is, in Norway.
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There aren't many 2-lettered towns out there. I only know of Aš (CZ), 2× Au (A, CH), Ig (SLO) and... Oš (Kyrgyzstan).
Also, Ör, Ĺn, 4× Ĺs (Sweden), 3× Ĺs, Řr, Řy, and with one lettter 4× Ĺ (Norway).
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Is 'nebesa' also heaven in Czech? Really good roads, I must say, and Chris, you didn't need a vignette for that motorroad.
yes, nebesa in czech mean heaven
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14. Railroad crossing. Beware: they may be uneven and driving across it with 80 km/h can be bad.
That's why there's a 50 km/h speed limit on rail crossings where the white light is flashing, 30 km/h otherwise. But presence and activity of the light usually doesn't have anything in common with the smoothnes of the crossing.
Seriously: these limits are rarely followed, especially by locals, who know the crossings... but it can be tricky, I mistaken two crossings on I/20 once, and that was the first (and only) time I went airborne with my car.

To the 'names' topic: we also have ''. The cycling 'tour' was organized several times from Eš to Aš.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 01:45 AM   #780
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A what?

I zoom in about 2 - 3 times (about 1/3rd of the 6x zoom), so I don't get the interior on the pics.
Thanks for the advice.
I'll put it to good use.


BTW - in Nederlands een 'contraption' is een hulpmiddelen of een apparaat.

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