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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:03 AM   #1501
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The only country in the world who can (apparently) afford this is the Netherlands. Other countries use it too, but only on minimal percentages of their network, or large sections of toll roads (like in France or Japan).
Correct me if I'm wrong, but U.S. doesn't even have this type of asphalt yet. I'm not a specialist by any means, but I don't think I've ever seen anything like this here (especially on Interstate network).
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Old August 28th, 2011, 10:26 AM   #1502
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Nice ring road (!), but way to many billboards on the sides, they do not make their surroundings look good.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 10:36 AM   #1503
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Nice video, free-flow traffic on Jižní spojka, that's just luck during workdays
Yep, the first time I drove Jižní spojka there was a huge traffic jam eastbound. I recorded it around 1900 - 1930 hrs.

Traffic flows quite nice on the western section of Jižní spojka, where there is a truck ban in place. The eastern section is loaded with trucks, the R1 extension is needed badly. After R1 is completed, they should completely overhaul Jižní spojka, because pavement is pretty deformed (you can see this in the video too). The right lane frequently has pretty bad track formation (I've seen this elsewhere in the region too).

By the way, why are there so many gas stations along Jižní spojka? It's like 3 or 4 per direction over less than 20 kilometers. I also noted a huge amount of gas stations on I/7 between Chomutov and the German border. It's also surprising how many service stations (manned) there are in the Czech Republic. If you're in Denmark, it's really searching for non-automated gas stations once you're off the motorway.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #1504
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By the way, why are there so many gas stations along Jižní spojka? It's like 3 or 4 per direction over less than 20 kilometers. I also noted a huge amount of gas stations on I/7 between Chomutov and the German border. It's also surprising how many service stations (manned) there are in the Czech Republic. If you're in Denmark, it's really searching for non-automated gas stations once you're off the motorway.
After 1989 people started to do bussines and the trend was to regulate it as little as possible. You can see that on D1 Praha - Brno as well, gas station almost every 10 kms. Since approx. 2000 more strict regulations occured, so you won't find gas stations on motorways and expressways so often and the new rest areas are completely state owned (excl. gas station buildings itself).

Another specific fact of Jižní spojka is that this road is owned by the city of Prague - a typical example of urban expressway where the execution of ownership and administrative decisions are made by the same institution - the magistrate. So these city-owned expressways are not as much regulated as the state ones. But I don't wanna start OT about our politicians again

To reply to your last sentence, you can hardly find any automated gas station without service in the Czech Republic. I personally use one of them, but this is really exceptional.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #1505
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reagrding gas stations on Jižní spojka - i think it is kinda normal ans usual for some vital city suburbian roads, especially those which are used to enter/exit the city. here in Zagreb at eastern entrance to the city on that city fast road there is something like cca 8 stations on 8 km. at some places they are one beside another. it's just that all the gas operators want to have their station at crucial places.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #1506
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An comprehensive statistical and overview yearbook 2011 of Czech motorways and higways can be found on the page of RSD. It is available in pdf in czech, english and german mutation. Information spanning from traffic amounts, accident rates, maintanance costs to toll rate and construction financing are presented also with historica perspective. Basically all the facts you want to know about czech motorways, very nice publication indeed.

link: http://www.rsd.cz/doc/Silnicni-a-dal...republice-2011

english mutation of the pdf: http://www.rsd.cz/rsd/rsd.nsf/0/633E.../RSD2011en.pdf

Some data that I find really interesting. The modal share trend of passanger transportation changed its direction over the last two years. Automobile share went from 72.99 % in 2008 to 72.56 % in 2009 and to 69.26 % in 2010. Whereas both bus, air and rail respective numbers went up in the last year.

jaar 2008 2009 2010
Rail % 6.86 6.53 7.18
Bus % 9.29 9.53 11.78
Air % 10.84 11.37 11.77
Individual automobile % 72.99 72.56 69.26

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Old August 28th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1507
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R1 Pražský okruh - Ring Prague

This is my first of many sets that document the Czech highways.

Great, you have to let me know next time you are going to the CZ, Zwolle is really not far away from Wolvega. Perhaps you wouldnt mind to get a company for the trip? . But I guess it will not happen any time soon again . Have a nice holliday on european roads anyway.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 03:46 PM   #1508
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I'm already back in the Netherlands

By the way, I noticed those figures too. Is 11 % of the Czech passenger kilometers domestic air travel? Sounds like a whole lot for such a small country. Usually air travel is not taken into account when comparing modalities. The sudden jump in bus usage is also remarkable for 2010.

If you don't take air travel into account it'll be:

2009:
Car: 81,9%
Bus: 10,8%
Rail: 7,4%

2010:
Car: 78,5%
Bus: 13,4%
Rail: 8,1%

Car usage in the Czech Republic is below the EU average of 86%.

In the Netherlands, it's:

2007:
Car: 79,7%
Bus: 3,3%
Rail: 8,9%
Bicycle: 8,1%

Without bicycle (for comparison with CZ):

Car: 86,7%
Bus: 3,6%
Rail: 9,8%
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Old August 28th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #1509
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D8 Petrovice - Řehlovice

This photo set documents the northern segment of D8, from the German border near Petrovice to the R63 near Řehlovice, bypassing the industrial city of Ústí nad Labem (known as Aussig in German, but this exonym seems to be rarely used outside Germany).

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Old August 28th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #1510
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Old August 28th, 2011, 04:17 PM   #1511
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D8-21 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

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Old August 28th, 2011, 07:34 PM   #1513
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Oh man, I LOVE the bakery at this gas station. If you are looking for the best ham baguette in CZ, it's right here

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Old August 28th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #1514
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By the way, I noticed those figures too. Is 11 % of the Czech passenger kilometers domestic air travel? Sounds like a whole lot for such a small country. Usually air travel is not taken into account when comparing modalities. The sudden jump in bus usage is also remarkable for 2010.
It could not be just domestic air travel. That would be just too much. I made an mind experiment and think the figures could be right for the total flown kms with destination or start point in CZ, in the Czech airspace but perhaps bit overstreched.

In the document they report 10.80 bln ppl km. The Ruzyne airport has yearly almost 12 mln passangers. Other airports could together make around 2 mln passangers. If the passangers on average fly around 400 km in czech airspace we get no higher than 6 bln ppl km.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 11:50 PM   #1515
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R63 Řehlovice - Teplice

The R63 is a short spur off D8 that runs to the city of Teplice. It's older than D8, it opened to traffic in 1985. There is a sharp turn where D8 becomes R63. An interchange will be constructed here, however, no construction has commenced as of August 2011. Considering it takes 2.5 years to build something like this, the interchange will be there no sooner than late 2013 or early 2014.

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Chris, can you pronounce "ř"?
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I think it's similar to the Polish Rz, which in turn, is similar to "j" in French "journal".
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:34 AM   #1518
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I think it's similar to the Polish Rz, which in turn, is similar to "j" in French "journal".

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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #1519
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I think it's similar to the Polish Rz, which in turn, is similar to "j" in French "journal".
Polish "Rz" is basically the same as Czech/Slovak/Croatian/Slovenian "Ž" or even "j" in French "journal" but I think you would find "Ř" just in Czech. It is impossible to pronouce if you are not Czech.
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This new video follows the western end of D1 into central Prague.

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