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Old April 26th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #3721
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Ah, very good Than there is no problem with the coastal road
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Old April 26th, 2013, 10:44 PM   #3722
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Old April 26th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #3723
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Old April 26th, 2013, 10:47 PM   #3724
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Old April 27th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #3725
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Old April 27th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #3726
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Doubling the bridges on A1 motorway

Hello, im new here! i have two questions, how will the motorway be like at kukės?


Second question is when will rrogozhine bypass be constructed? the road through the city was very bad. is it supposed to connect here http://maps.google.se/maps?hl=sv&ll=...16512&t=m&z=17
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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:16 AM   #3727
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A bit of general update for everyone interested . The information posted in here is vast and really useful , but for someone not being an albanian can be really confusing .

-In the last 5 years up to this date have been constructed :

a) around 160 kms of motorway ( A1 , A2 , A3 )
b) around 200 kms of expressways : Durres - Fier (90 km) , Kukes - Morine (30 kms) , Tirane-Dures ( 32 kms , although this one was constucted around 2005 ) etc.
c) Around 300 kms of national wide 1x1 lane roads , with all modern standarts : a) Kakavije - Gjirokaster (35 kms) , Gjirokaster-Tepelene ( 30 kms ) , Tepelene - Fier ( 70kms) , Shkoder - Han i hotit ( 35 kms ) etc.etc.


You have to keep in mind , that on some of those sections works are still going on , BUT they will be finished all of them in the next 5-6 months . So albania will have a greatly improved road system .


Motorways : A1 --------> Rreshen - Kalimash 80 kms , completed in 2010
A2 ---------> Fier - Vlore 30 kms , completed in 2012
A3 ---------> Tirana - Elbasan 35 kms , completion in 4 months from now
A4 ---------> Fier Bypass 25 kms , works starting this month

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A3 - Tirana - Elbasan

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Old May 5th, 2013, 09:21 AM   #3728
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Old May 7th, 2013, 02:21 PM   #3729
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Just one info: the road from Tepelene to Fier is only half completed. The part around Tepelene (about 35 km long) is awfull, couldn't be worse. Simply speaking, this part of the road does not exist. The remaining 40 km closer to Fier are new and very good.
Also, the part of the road through the town Fier looks terrible.
I crossed the border at Konispol and asked people what road should I take from there to Tirana. They told me that the route Sarande-Gjirokaster-Tepelene-Fier-Durres would be much faster then the coastal road. So I took serpantine to Gjirokaster and had very difficult hour after Tepelene. Now, I am really intereseted how is the coastal road.
This topic wasn't really helpfull update about current road conditions.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #3730
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Just one info: the road from Tepelene to Fier is only half completed. The part around Tepelene (about 35 km long) is awfull, couldn't be worse. Simply speaking, this part of the road does not exist. The remaining 40 km closer to Fier are new and very good.
Also, the part of the road through the town Fier looks terrible.
I crossed the border at Konispol and asked people what road should I take from there to Tirana. They told me that the route Sarande-Gjirokaster-Tepelene-Fier-Durres would be much faster then the coastal road. So I took serpantine to Gjirokaster and had very difficult hour after Tepelene. Now, I am really intereseted how is the coastal road.
This topic wasn't really helpfull update about current road conditions.
I think you are a bit confused .The part around tepelene is indeed awfull but also it is under construction . Works were paused temporarily and resumed 2-3 weeks ago . So the other part is gonna be finished preety soon as well (1-2 months ) . Also more than half of it was paved at least . May i ask when you did pass from there ?

If you would enter from Kakavia then definetely the route that they suggested you would be the best .

But you entered from Konispol , meaning that you should have taken the coastal road reaching vlore . And from vlore to Tirana .

I cannot stress enought the huge mistake you did , not taking the coastal road . The road is a really good 1x1 coastal road until vlore . From vlore to Fier then you take the A2 motorway ( look my previous post you will see a video from A2 section ) . And the rest route you know because it is the same route you took after Fier .

Also the coastal road view is beyond words . When you do it , then you will understand why Albania is gonna be the next touristic mega hot spot of europe .

Shame you missed that .

Although it is a bit ironic blaming this forum , simply because we would never suggest you do that route when entering from Konispol .

In a few words : Sarande-Vlore-Fier-Durres is faster , more convenient , and (Sarande -Vlore ) has breathtaking sceneries and nature as it passes from the Albanian riviera .
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Old May 7th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #3731
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The coastal road : Vlore - Sarande ( the driver is going from Vlore to sarande )




And then Vlore to Fier :

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That route you should have taken . Simple as that .
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Old May 7th, 2013, 05:21 PM   #3732
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Ilirian Patriot,
Thanks for the answer.
While standing at the border near Konispol, my intention was to take the coastal route. However, I asked Albanian people in the next two cars who were also heading towards Tirana. So, both of them told me: the route through Gjirokaster is faster (takes about 4 hours from Konispol to Tirana) and the coastal road is more pitoresque (but takes about 5-6 hours to Tirana). That was info by two separate Albanians who were entering Albania at Konispol.
So, I took the road via Gjirokaster. I have also read at this forum previously that the route Tepelene-Levan was completed. In total, it took 4,5 hours from Konispol to Tirana, but 1,5 hour out of it for 30 km after Tepelene. There is no pavement at many parts there, only incredible holes. I have a new Hyundai jeep and I have to repear it after this section.
Here is what is surprising to me: I looked at this forum and asked people at the Lonely planet forum and everybody was saying that this section was completed. I would expect local people to be more informative at such kind of forums.
I must say that I took the southern Albania tour in 2006. with my ALB friends: Tirana-Vlore-Saranda-Gjirokaster-Tepelene-Fier-Tirana. I drove the coastal road then, it was scary (almost non-existant) at that time (we lost the wheel!). And yes, the scenery has been wonderful. On the way back we had difficult section from Teplene to Fier.
This time (4 days ago), I found that the section around Tepelene was even more terrible then in 2006. and it is not likely to be completed soon. The remaining 40 km to Levan are excellent.
Therefore, i received one important info from here: somebody wrote recently that the section Konispol to Saranda was good. This has proven to be true. But info about some other sections given here is highly optimistic.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 05:30 PM   #3733
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I checked, the info about Konispol-Saranda road is provided by pepes1gr. Thanks.
I am also interested what the coastal road looks like.
I know it is very scenic and curvy, but if it is normal pavement 1x1 lanes everywhere, it should be great easy drive (about 50 - 70 km/h).
If anyone interested I can provide info about the current state of the roads. I took the following route Podgorica - Tirana - Elbasan - Ohrid - Bitola - Kozani - Ioannina - Parga - Konispol - Gjirokaster - Levan - Durres - Shkodra - Podgorica.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #3735
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I checked, the info about Konispol-Saranda road is provided by pepes1gr. Thanks.
I am also interested what the coastal road looks like.
I know it is very scenic and curvy, but if it is normal pavement 1x1 lanes everywhere, it should be great easy drive (about 50 - 70 km/h).
If anyone interested I can provide info about the current state of the roads. I took the following route Podgorica - Tirana - Elbasan - Ohrid - Bitola - Kozani - Ioannina - Parga - Konispol - Gjirokaster - Levan - Durres - Shkodra - Podgorica.
I gave you some videos which are 1 hour in length covering most of the coastal route , and the motorway that connects Vlore to Fier . Look my last post , there you have what you are searching for . If you passed in 2006 , then be sure that there is no connection whatsoever with the state of the road back in 2006 .

Also the reason why the half of the road betweent Teplene to Fier is not yet finished is because the greek company that was building it , did get bankrupt , and left all the works and the workers unaid . Thus the delay ... and now works started again.
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Ilirian Patriot,
Thanks for the answer.
While standing at the border near Konispol, my intention was to take the coastal route. However, I asked Albanian people in the next two cars who were also heading towards Tirana. So, both of them told me: the route through Gjirokaster is faster (takes about 4 hours from Konispol to Tirana) and the coastal road is more pitoresque (but takes about 5-6 hours to Tirana). That was info by two separate Albanians who were entering Albania at Konispol.
So, I took the road via Gjirokaster. I have also read at this forum previously that the route Tepelene-Levan was completed. In total, it took 4,5 hours from Konispol to Tirana, but 1,5 hour out of it for 30 km after Tepelene. There is no pavement at many parts there, only incredible holes. I have a new Hyundai jeep and I have to repear it after this section.
Here is what is surprising to me: I looked at this forum and asked people at the Lonely planet forum and everybody was saying that this section was completed. I would expect local people to be more informative at such kind of forums.
I must say that I took the southern Albania tour in 2006. with my ALB friends: Tirana-Vlore-Saranda-Gjirokaster-Tepelene-Fier-Tirana. I drove the coastal road then, it was scary (almost non-existant) at that time (we lost the wheel!). And yes, the scenery has been wonderful. On the way back we had difficult section from Teplene to Fier.
This time (4 days ago), I found that the section around Tepelene was even more terrible then in 2006. and it is not likely to be completed soon. The remaining 40 km to Levan are excellent.
Therefore, i received one important info from here: somebody wrote recently that the section Konispol to Saranda was good. This has proven to be true. But info about some other sections given here is highly optimistic.
I understand your frustration about that section . I was exactly the same as you when i passed from there ( i am from gjirokastra ) . The old road is in even more bad condition than what it was in 2006 , thats for sure . The reason being is that the trucks that are building the new section have made it even more terrible .


When that section is also finished and trust me it is gonna be before the elections which are in 3 months from now . The route Konispol-Gjirokaster-Fier-Tirane is gonna be more fast than the coastal road . Thats why those people suggested you that route ( not knowing that the half part was not yet finished )

But as you said you spend 1,30 hours for those unfinished 30 kms , thus the coastal road is more convenient for now .
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