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Old August 17th, 2008, 03:00 PM   #241
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Transfagarasan

Yesterday I made a short trip in the country and I took a couple of photos of the roads. I'll split the photos on several posts. I hope you'll enjoy them.

Here there are photos of one of DN7C or Transfăgărăşan, the highest road in Romania. It runs North to South across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Piteşti.
The road was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceauşescu. It came as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceausescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania.

Even if it's a great tourist attraction, half of the road is in a very bad condition (like almost all of the roads in our country). In the photos you can see the good section.















































































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Old August 17th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #242
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DN1 - E68 - Sibiu - Brasov

Here you can see sections of DN1 (E68) which connects cities of Sibiu and Brasov. The road is in a rehabilitation process for 2 years I think and after how it looks, I believe it will need another 2-3 years before it will be ready.
Needless to say that it's a very dangerous road to drive on, especially on bad weather or at night because, as you will see, the works are not properly signaled.




























































As we are approaching Sibiu, the road is getting better.














Now we will turn left on to the DJ106D towards Cisnadie - Paltinis. You'll see DJ106D on the next post.







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Old August 17th, 2008, 03:36 PM   #243
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DJ106D - Cisnadie

Here there are a couple of photos of DJ106D and the city of Cisnădie (near Sibiu). DJ106D is a 3-rd class road but this one is quite good actually.






































Now we will turn left on to the DJ106A towards Păltiniş.

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Old August 17th, 2008, 03:52 PM   #244
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DJ106A - Sibiu - Paltinis

Here you will see DJ106A (a 3-rd class road) which connects Sibiu by Păltiniş. Păltiniş is a mountain resort in Transylvania, Romania, 35 km south-west from Sibiu in the Cindrel Mountains. It is situated at 1440 m altitude, being the highest resort in Romania. It lies in a conifers forest, and it is a popular winter destination and in the summer it is sought for its calm, there's always snow and skiing lessons for its fresh air and for the easily accessible trekking routes.

Again, even if it's an important touristic road, don't expect it to be in a good shape. And we are asking ourselves why Romania is avoided by the majority of tourists...








































































Welcome to Păltiniş...





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Old August 17th, 2008, 04:34 PM   #245
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Offroad - Paltinis - Sadu

Here, we will go offroad for about 50 km between Păltiniş and the village of Sadu.
This is a forest road which is crossing the mountains and it's not shown on the regular maps. The road is worse than it looks in the photos but it's perfect for ATVs and maybe SUVs. It can be done with a sedan like I did but I won't recommend it.
The road doesn't have any signposts and it's very hard to keep the right track because there are many intersections out there. The road is crossing some of the poorest villages of Romania and probably of European Union, like "Riu Sadului".

Well, if you have a great sense of adventure, this road is probably for you

In the first picture, I tried to mark the shape of the road on yahoo maps (see the green line):






























































































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Old August 17th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #246
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That is a very nice pack of pics. The road quality differs very much, from nice highways to these dirtroads. The motorways seems to be in good shape though. I would never drive my Renault Kangoo on a road like the last batch of pics.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 04:49 PM   #247
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DN7 - E81 - Sibiu - Rm Valcea

Here there are the last few photos of DN7 (E81), the section between Sibiu and Rm. Valcea.
Unfortunately it was getting night and the quality of pictures is poor.














The night was finally came



Well, I hope you enjoyed to see all these roads. Until the great highways promised by the government every year will be built (I don't think this will happen any time soon) we'll have to thank with the current bad roads that we have...
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Now I have some imagination how are the ordinary roads in Romania. Thanks for sharing your pictures, I really enjoyed the tours!
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Old August 19th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #249
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Nice pictures It must be fun to do this offroad driving, it looks a bit like the Romanian Dalton Highway
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 09:15 AM   #250
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Contract for Constanţa bypass won by Astaldi

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The Minister of Transport, Ludovic Orban, yesterday signed the contract of Design and Execution of the Constanţa Detour Variant at highway level, a contract co-financed by the European Development and Reconstruction Bank and the Government of Romania. "The contract was awarded by international tender with pre-qualification to the FCC Construccion SA/Astaldi SpA association, the award criterion being the lowest price of the offer meeting the technical conditions required by the award documentation," notes the Minister of Transport in a release, mentioning that its value is 144.7 million euros.
The contract duration for the execution of the works is 36 months, the warranty period is 24 months, and the project includes the construction of 22 kilometres of highway, 34 bridges, footbridges and passages, 5 road junctions and a space for services.
According to the CNADNR, the estimated investment value was 167.35 million euros,
... http://www.curierulnational.ro/In%20...won+by+Astaldi
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Old August 26th, 2008, 12:53 PM   #251
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Well Joce, that sounds really good! At this moment the A2 is a very good highway for Romania and it would be good when it is completely finished!

Hope that our Autostrada Transilvania will be finished fast!

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Old August 26th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #252
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I wonder what will be the number of this motorway. Clearly it won't be A2. Maybe A2bis?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #253
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Awesome pics! Thank you!
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Old September 6th, 2008, 06:19 PM   #254
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i read yesterday in a newspaper that the design phase for deva-orastie bypass is completed and in a few weeks the company that will build it will be chosen.i hope it will be build before 31december 2010, otherwise we will loose eu money.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #255
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driving on some romanian roads

a week ago i travelled on some romanian roads.
my route was:
Braila-DN21-viziru-DJ212-gura ialomitei-DN2A(E60)-giurgeni-harsova-crucea-m. kogalniceanu-Constanta-DN39(E87)-olimp-neptun-mangalia-DJ391-negru voda-adamclisi-DN3-ion corvin-cernavoda-A2-fetesti-lehliu-Bucharest-DN1(E60)-Ploiesti-comarnic-sinaia-Brasov-DN11-targu secuiesc-oituz-targu ocna-DN12B-slanic moldova-DN12B-targu ocna-DN12-Onesti-DN11A-Bogdana monastery-adjud-DN2(E85)-marasesti(tisita)-DN24-cosmesti-barcea-DN25-ivesti-independenta-sendreni-DN2B-Braila.
here u have all the photos, with comments about the place where it was taken: http://picasaweb.google.com/rmihailucian/Drumuri#
hope u have time to see them all.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #256
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I'll add my comments below the URL's of each picture.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1213.jpg

Where's the intersection?

http://lh5.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1236.jpg

Bad pavement, and interesting landscape (I like those wide open desolate landscapes)

http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1241.jpg

I like this road number signage. US style.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1242.jpg

Good pavement, road markings could also have been in the Netherlands or Germany.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1255.jpg

Steppe view.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1258.jpg

I didn't expect Romania looking like this, I expected more woods in that region. Seems like a central Hungarian or Ukrainian landscape.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1270.jpg

Why is there such a low speed limit?

http://lh6.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1276.jpg

These roads without markings looks insanely wide.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1289.jpg

No hesitation to sign foreign cities - very good.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1404.jpg

Long distances. Probably almost all day driving.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1413.jpg

Lot's of 4 lane roads without median. Unthinkable in the Netherlands.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1523.jpg

Lol @ the 5kph speed limit. You can't drive so slow.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1530.jpg

Are these overtaking lanes, or for slow traffic? It looks to narrow to be a 4 lane highway.

Very interesting, thanks for posting!
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Old September 18th, 2008, 08:50 PM   #257
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chriszwolle, you never say anything about the quality of roads I am shocked. some of the roads posted look o very high quality but it seems that you don´t care about roadquality. I aktually think that you would consider all new roads good, no matter how they look altough there are very big differences in quality. The asphalt on those new roads looks very good and the markings, too. you instead ask questions like what does this or that sign mean. In bulgaria except nationalroads most roads are of bad quality and asphalt gets bumpy and markings fade out in few years only. Nationalroads usually stay the same for a very long time.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #258
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It's not obligated to say something about road quality. I think there has been said enough about that in Romania. We all know it's improving, but they still have a long way to go.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 09:48 PM   #259
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisZwolle View Post
I'll add my comments below the URL's of each picture.
let's answer ur questions:
http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1213.jpg

Where's the intersection?
the intersection is about 250m ahead, exactly at the end of those woods.
[/QUOTE]http://lh5.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1236.jpg

Bad pavement, and interesting landscape (I like those wide open desolate landscapes)[/QUOTE]
the landscape looks so desolate because the land is not proper for agriculture(it's marshy and salty i think).in fact the distance between villages is not bigger than 6-7kms.unfortunately pavement on most county roads is quite bad, but national roads are mostly rehabilitated, as u can see.

[/QUOTE]http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1241.jpg

I like this road number signage. US style.[/QUOTE]
yes, it's us style, but i don't think we copied it because we have this signage since communist times.

[/QUOTE]http://lh5.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1242.jpg

Good pavement, road markings could also have been in the Netherlands or Germany.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1255.jpg

Steppe view.[/QUOTE]
Yes, Dobrogea it's one of the most arid parts of our country.

[/QUOTE]http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1258.jpg

I didn't expect Romania looking like this, I expected more woods in that region. Seems like a central Hungarian or Ukrainian landscape.[/QUOTE]

As i said, Dobrogea is a very arid region.

[/QUOTE]http://lh5.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1270.jpg

Why is there such a low speed limit?[/QUOTE]

these yellow markings are used during works, even though i haven't seen any works there.

[/QUOTE]http://lh6.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1276.jpg

These roads without markings looks insanely wide.[/QUOTE]

It should be marked soon, it has been rehabilitated.It's 2+2 anyway.

[/QUOTE]http://lh6.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1289.jpg

No hesitation to sign foreign cities - very good.[/QUOTE]
Yes, we are very friendly with our neighbours.
[/QUOTE]http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1404.jpg

Long distances. Probably almost all day driving.[/QUOTE]
Yes, it can take even 12hours to get to oradea now.we hope by 2013 we will have motorway buchares-oradea.

[/QUOTE]http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1413.jpg

Lot's of 4 lane roads without median. Unthinkable in the Netherlands.[/QUOTE]
in romania almost all 4lane roads are without median.it's not safe, but still it's better than 2lanes roads.

[/QUOTE]http://lh3.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1523.jpg

Lol @ the 5kph speed limit. You can't drive so slow. [/QUOTE]
always police exagerates here with speed limits.

[/QUOTE]http://lh4.ggpht.com/rmihailucian/SN...0/DSCF1530.jpg

Are these overtaking lanes, or for slow traffic? It looks to narrow to be a 4 lane highway.[/QUOTE]

in fact, that road(E85 from bucharest to roman) is 1+1 with emergency lanes.But because it's a very crowded road, people are always driving on emergency lane.
[/QUOTE]Very interesting, thanks for posting![/QUOTE]
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Love the forest road!

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I would never drive my Renault Kangoo on a road like the last batch of pics.
Why not? Kangoo is perfect even for driving through corn fields.
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