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Old August 3rd, 2012, 04:43 PM   #3321
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Thank you Rolex for the photos. It is a beautiful highway.
Culd you maybe tell the length of this road, and if this road if going to be connected to the gjirokaster highway?
Thanks again,

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 05:38 PM   #3322
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This road is the new alignment of SH4 ant therefore it will be of course connected to the already rebuild parts of SH4. But the road is only finished to Dames, the part from Dames to Tepelena is under construction.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 08:59 PM   #3323
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Where is Dames?
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 09:05 PM   #3324
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Here: https://maps.google.de/maps?q=Dam%C3...+Albanien&z=14

Google Maps already knows the new road, very good. In fact, it seems to be ready a few km beyond Dames
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 09:41 PM   #3325
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Thank you Rolex for the photos. It is a beautiful highway.
Culd you maybe tell the length of this road, and if this road if going to be connected to the gjirokaster highway?
Thanks again,
The opened section is 38 km long,whole road from Levan(Fier) to Tepelenė is 70 km.Yes,it will be connected with Tepelenė-Gjirokastėr.


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Old August 4th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #3326
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Can someone please describe the new routing after leaving Levan towards Vlora?

Is there a junction with the new SH 4 and after that the A2 begins with a temporary slip road like it's shown on Google Maps?

Or begins the A2 and then there is a real motorway interchange with new SH 4? Or something different?

Thanks!!
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Old August 5th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #3327
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I found this thread by chance and I see great improvement in the road network of Albania. Which is why I have in mind to go through from Montenegro to Greece.

I have read many previous pages and consulted viamichelin, googlemaps etc.

I think (correct me if I am wrong) that the fastest/best road quality route from the border in Shkoder to the border at Kakavie is:

via the SH1 (Shkoder, Lezhe, Fushe-Kruje)
onto the SH2 (Vore, Duress)
onto the SH4 (Fier, Tepelene, Gjirokaster),

right? If there is something I have made wrong, or a faster suggestion, I have open ears, thank you!
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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:09 PM   #3328
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I think it all depends on which part of Greece you want to reach, Albania is quite a long mountainous country and crossing it north to south will definetaly take you a few hours. If you are going towards Thessaloniki, Athens or anywhere on the east side of Greece, I think it would be wiser to go through Kosovo and into FYROM to acess the European Corridor X motorway which takes you directly there. It may be longer but will probably get you there faster.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:21 PM   #3329
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I found this thread by chance and I see great improvement in the road network of Albania. Which is why I have in mind to go through from Montenegro to Greece.

I have read many previous pages and consulted viamichelin, googlemaps etc.

I think (correct me if I am wrong) that the fastest/best road quality route from the border in Shkoder to the border at Kakavie is:

via the SH1 (Shkoder, Lezhe, Fushe-Kruje)
onto the SH2 (Vore, Duress)
onto the SH4 (Fier, Tepelene, Gjirokaster),

right? If there is something I have made wrong, or a faster suggestion, I have open ears, thank you!
Everything is perfect!

But keep in mind that the SH4 was re-aligned in the last days and therefore *maybe* the signs in Fier aren't already corrected. So keep on driving through Fier and Levan in direction Sarande and take the new road just after Levan.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #3330
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Thank you very much for the quick reply!

Can you calculate how many hours will this route take? Around 6 hours?
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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #3331
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I think it all depends on which part of Greece you want to reach, Albania is quite a long mountainous country and crossing it north to south will definetaly take you a few hours. If you are going towards Thessaloniki, Athens or anywhere on the east side of Greece, I think it would be wiser to go through Kosovo and into FYROM to acess the European Corridor X motorway which takes you directly there. It may be longer but will probably get you there faster.
Absolutely not, the detour over Kosovo and Macedonia would not be a good idea, especially after finishing new part of SH4 between Fier/Levan and Dames. You should make it from Han i Hotit to Kakavia now in about 4 to 5 hours (about 350 km), perhaps a little more depending on traffic and the ongoing works on Dames-Tepelena.


Even if he would like to travel to Athens or Thessaloniki, the way over Kakavia and Ioaninna with taking Egnatia Odos to Thessaloniki or the old road over Katara pass towards Trikala/Larissa would be a mutch better choice than the way over Kosovo and Macedonia.

Edit: There's not one mountain pass you have to cross going from broder to border! Just plain fields and following a river valley

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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #3332
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Thank you very much for the quick reply!
No problem! But one addition: Take the SH52 from Fushe-Kruje to Vora (from SH1 to SH2). it shortens your way significantly and you don't have to enter Tirana area.

I guess Google Maps show you that way, but as you didn't mention it, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you - just in case
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Absolutely not, the detour over Kosovo and Macedonia would not be a good idea, especially after finishing new part of SH4 between Fier/Levan and Dames. You should make it from Han i Hotit to Kakavia now in about 4 to 5 hours (about 350 km), perhaps a little more depending on traffic and the ongoing works on Dames-Tepelena.


Even if he would like to travel to Athens or Thessaloniki, the way over Kakavia and Ioaninna with taking Egnatia Odos to Thessaloniki or the old road over Katara pass towards Trikala/Larissa would be a mutch better choice than the way over Kosovo and Macedonia.
I am planning to go to the island Lefkas, which is around 1.5 hours south of Ioannina. So the closest border to Greece crossing is Kakavie.

Thank you for all the information, planning is one thing, reality is another thing!
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Old August 6th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #3334
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Cheers Rolex. Ill soon hit the road to Albania and I shall update once Im back!
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Old August 6th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #3335
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Cheers Rolex. Ill soon hit the road to Albania and I shall update once Im back!
Mirė se tė vish..You are welcome to ask more.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #3336
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Does anyone know if there are any plans to improve/widen the Shkoder-Tirane segment? I could be misinformed but from what I have gathered, it is still like it used to be 20 years ago when I was there last, a 1X1 road, with a wicked turn in Lezhe...
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Old August 10th, 2012, 03:30 AM   #3337
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Old August 10th, 2012, 11:55 AM   #3338
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That's one of the few pictures I made of the A1 during my trip from Tiranė to Prizren. Taking pictures from a bus isn't easy

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Old August 10th, 2012, 12:01 PM   #3339
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Timon,good to see you're back..So,finally you realized your trip here,ehh?.
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One photo of the first section of Plepa(Durrės)-Rrogozhinė highway.

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