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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #3521
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Does anyone know the latest condition of the new road from fier to tepelene? Last travelled in July and still had to go via ballsh, which is getting very rough from so much heavy traffic! Even if its not asphalted yet I would prefer to drive on gravel as long as it goes all the way.
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57 first km are paved and opened,check other pages for photos.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #3522
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Thanks everyone, can't find any pictures but I'll take some on the way and post/report when I get back in January.
Btw, I meant should I take the road from Tirana via Elbasan instead, someone told me its a good fast road to the Greek border. I'd try it one day but I have a friend near durres so prefer to pass that way.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #3523
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Given the curvy part between Tirana and Elbasan, the bad road along Lake Ohrid and the longer distance in general, it's now in any case faster to travel from Tirana or Durres over Fier and Tepelena to the Greek border.

It would just make sense if you want to have a look at the beautiful landscape in the Northeast or if you want to travel to Florina or other Northern Greek cities there.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 01:33 AM   #3524
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A highway does not mean motorway/autobahn/autostrada, or at least not exclusively, as many people seem to think. A highway can be any major two-lane road.
A highway can be a one lane dirt road, so long as its a reasonable route and the main route between two points of significance. Its kind of a relative term. At-least that's how I understand it...
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Old December 13th, 2012, 08:48 AM   #3525
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Thanks everyone, can't find any pictures but I'll take some on the way and post/report when I get back in January.

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Old December 13th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #3526
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Thanks everyone, can't find any pictures but I'll take some on the way and post/report when I get back in January.
Btw, I meant should I take the road from Tirana via Elbasan instead, someone told me its a good fast road to the Greek border. I'd try it one day but I have a friend near durres so prefer to pass that way.
Thanks again for advice
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Albanian roads are better than those of greece.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #3527
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That's certainly true. Where they have been completed Albanian roads are very good and I'm sure when the network is finished it will be better maintained than the Greek system, which matters more than how wide lanes are etc.
For me some of the best roads in Europe are those in Croatia.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:14 PM   #3528
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That's certainly true. Where they have been completed Albanian roads are very good and I'm sure when the network is finished it will be better maintained than the Greek system, which matters more than how wide lanes are etc.
For me some of the best roads in Europe are those in Croatia.
Croatia and Albania have the newest roads in the region.The greek roads are a disappointment for an country being in EU for so long.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 02:13 PM   #3529
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You should have been to Greece 25 years ago, then you would know how great their roads are now!
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #3530
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For me best motorways in europe are in Croatia, on the other hand greece a2 egnatia road is very good and greece has been EU member since 1981 so they had received lots of money from eu, the only thing is greece roads need to be maintained better because of shortage of money as we know why.....
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Old December 18th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #3531
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Is this A3 Tiranė - Elbasan?
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Old December 18th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #3532
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It is Tirana outer ring road, south section.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #3533
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Also, in Bing Maps is visible A1.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #3534
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Albanian roads are better than those of greece.
Having driven through both countries this September, I'd have to respectfully disagree.

Finished stretches of new Albanian roads were quite nice, however.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #3535
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That's certainly true. Where they have been completed Albanian roads are very good and I'm sure when the network is finished it will be better maintained than the Greek system, which matters more than how wide lanes are etc.
For me some of the best roads in Europe are those in Croatia.
Since 2009 all Greek Motorways have been given to private companies. Before that it was bad indeed in bad condition ( Athens Attiki Odos and the main North-South A1 ) but after 2009 almost all motorways have been resurfaced and maintained regurarly.

Also there isnt a "Greek System" of how wide the lanes are, the motorways being built follow EU safety standards. And for the record , the best roads in Europe are in France
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Old December 24th, 2012, 08:58 AM   #3536
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A3 motorway,tunnels side.Tiranė-Elbasan

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Old December 28th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #3537
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You can find some pics of mine here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...179735&page=29, mainly taken on A1
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Old December 29th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #3538
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Old December 29th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #3539
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Tirane-Diber road

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Old December 31st, 2012, 12:52 AM   #3540
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