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Old November 11th, 2016, 02:37 PM   #4561
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What is the profile of entire stretch through the mountains - a simple two lane road probably with narrow hard shoulder or a 2x2 lane road, eventually with a traffic barrier between the opposite directions?
A two lane road with hard shoulders. I don't suppose they'll put lane barriers in-between opposite directions.
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Old November 12th, 2016, 02:33 PM   #4562
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Albanian motorways can be seen in Google street view.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 03:17 PM   #4563
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Quite a substandard exit on A1
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Old November 20th, 2016, 05:14 PM   #4564
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This is not A1, it's the expressway part signed as SH5 (national road)

It is planned to expand that to motorway standard sometime
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Old November 20th, 2016, 11:01 PM   #4565
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This is not A1, it's the expressway part signed as SH5 (national road)

It is planned to expand that to motorway standard sometime
this is not an expressway either, this is bad quality road from albania.. no wonder why they never will be accepted in EU
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Old November 20th, 2016, 11:32 PM   #4566
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this is not an expressway either, this is bad quality road from albania.. no wonder why they never will be accepted in EU
Having never noticed you before , i was kinda surprised to discover that you originate from kosovo ....

You seem a bit frustrated and out of place , thus do yourself a favor and abstain from commenting about irrelevant matters.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 11:39 PM   #4567
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this is not an expressway either, this is bad quality road from albania.. no wonder why they never will be accepted in EU

Thats the bad side of the coin of showing the roads in Google maps. Its a shame. However EU is not only about the quality of roads. Albania will open negotiations this December and will enjoy the greatest award since the invitation joining NATO. Its gonna be a nice Christmas
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 11:32 PM   #4568
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250 million euros will be the governments budget for road construction next year. 4 big projects are expected to finish in 2017: Tirane-Elbasan motorway, Mbrostar-Levan motorway, Lin-Pogradec highway and one important segment of Tirana ring road.

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Old November 24th, 2016, 12:24 AM   #4569
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Lin - Pogradec is not finished yet? It was in very advanced state in summer 2014, I thought it was finished last year?
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Old November 24th, 2016, 01:18 AM   #4570
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Lin - Pogradec is not finished yet? It was in very advanced state in summer 2014, I thought it was finished last year?
Most of the road yes, but there is a one km stretch at the entrance of Pogradec which will be half-tunnel.There is little progress on that stretch because of a dispute between the construction company and the local government. Also the opposition party opposes it as a corruption scandal, it says 10 million euros for a km half-tunnel is too much.
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Old November 24th, 2016, 03:32 AM   #4571
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I love how they put such a big nice sign too, that's the way to that town

and me I thought this was bad...
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Old November 24th, 2016, 11:26 AM   #4572
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This is not A1, it's the expressway part signed as SH5 (national road)

It is planned to expand that to motorway standard sometime
That is correct.

Unfortunatelly, last bid for construction, rehabilitation and concession of Morine - Milot highway is suspended in September.

More info: http://invest-in-albania.org/concession-on-nations-road-suspended/
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Old November 24th, 2016, 11:35 AM   #4573
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The awarding of the contract is checked. Seems to make sense if the claims in the article are correct (2nd one in the bid much cheaper). Smells of corruption...
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Old November 24th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #4574
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250 million euros will be the governments budget for road construction next year. 4 big projects are expected to finish in 2017: Tirane-Elbasan motorway, Mbrostar-Levan motorway, Lin-Pogradec highway and one important segment of Tirana ring road.
Any news about Elbasan-Qafe Thane border crossing point, is it left for 2018?
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Old November 24th, 2016, 12:17 PM   #4575
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What has to be done there?
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Old November 24th, 2016, 01:44 PM   #4576
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Well isn't SH3 supposed to be an expressway? The above mentioned section is a simple 2x1 road.
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Old November 24th, 2016, 01:56 PM   #4577
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The whole SH3 from Tirana to the Greek border is a simple 2x1 road and it was never supposed to be an expressway. The road between Elbasan and the junction with SH9 on Qafa Thana was reconstructed / widened about 10 years ago to the state it is now. Also the part from near Pogradec over Korca to the Greek border.

Later the part from junction SH9 to Lin was reconstructed and latest the part from Lin to Pogradec. The part over the mountains between Elbasan and Tirana saw also reconstruction but not to that large extend since they build the A3 there as alternative.

However, there are no short term plans to upgrade SH3 to an expressway. Traffic would also not justify that. And the road is in good condition.

Just the part from Pogradec direction Korca (the part up the mountains) needs reconstruction. This is still the very old road, bad surface, curvy and narrow.
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Old November 24th, 2016, 02:42 PM   #4578
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I meant some wideness like the one on the picture below (actually SH 4). Such type of road is obviously far from being called an expressway but at least allows a bit more space in case of overtaking.

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Old November 24th, 2016, 02:47 PM   #4579
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SH3 between Elbasan and Qafa Thana is not quite like this but the valley is narrow so it is complicated to make something like SH4 there
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Old November 24th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #4580
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Most of the road yes, but there is a one km stretch at the entrance of Pogradec which will be half-tunnel.There is little progress on that stretch because of a dispute between the construction company and the local government. Also the opposition party opposes it as a corruption scandal, it says 10 million euros for a km half-tunnel is too much.
I saw a video of the entire stretch Lin-Pogradec. It's a nice road except the entrance to Pogradec, but it is less than a kilometer long.
A tunnel or half-tunnel is needed. The costs depend on the terrain, but 10 million € seems too much.
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