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Old August 10th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #881
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Thanks for the report RipleyLV

Interesting style of report
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Old August 10th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #882
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Just remembered, Pechory - Staryj Izbosk is a toll road there was a sign. But A212 is toll-free and M20 untill Leningrad oblast too.
This sign?
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Old August 10th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #883
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how is the toll collected? i don't see any toll plazas there.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #884
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This sign?
Yes, that's the one. Nice find!

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how is the toll collected? i don't see any toll plazas there.
You must pay at the border, the payment is only for those who cross it.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #885
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We continue our journey to Saint-Petersburg. For Estonia-Pskov highway pictures click here.

I'd like to note, that on Estonian-Pskov highway dominating plates are Latvian, Estonian and only a few Russian plates, however, on M20 Russian plates are dominating, but still I saw - Latvian, Estonian (to be honest, you'll never see so many EST plates in any other country than Russia), the same goes to Belarus, a lot of Polish and Lithuanian trucks, Ukrainian and Moldovan trucks, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
and a few German plates. Ok, that's that, time for pictures.

M20/E95 Pskov - Saint-Petersburg

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1. We left Pskov, and now we turn left on M20 Pskov-St. Petersburg highway.


2. We joined M20. As you can see the road is very bumpy here.


3. Distance sign. Our destination is Petersburg.


4. I'm gonna overtake this Polish trucker.


5. Some road works.


6. Overhead distance sign.


7. Very smooth road, looks recently repaved.


8. End of Stroitel' populated place. You can drive 90 km/h through villages if the signs are blue.


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10. Where did he came from? Ah yes, I did a pause on the roadside.


11. Smashed road section, luckly few kilometers, still EST-Pskov highway is worse.


12. Driving through yet another populated place.


To be continued...
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Old August 11th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #886
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We continue...

13. After Ludoni fresh asphalt section starts.


14.


15. Turn to Velikij Novgorod.


16. Distance sign.


17. Border with Leningrad oblast.


18. The start of new Luga bypass. When I was driving here 4 years ago, this bypass wasn't even under construction. Дорога просто супер! Молодцы!


19. We won't be driving through the town.


20.


21. Reserve for 2+2.


22. Notice, on newest roads in Russia, the bars appear on the roadside.


23. Turn to Medved (bear).


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27. Untill Petersburg 142 km.


28.


29. Distance sign and the end of the bypass.


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Old August 11th, 2010, 12:44 PM   #887
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Excelent report! Waiting for updates!
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Old August 11th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #888
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Very nice report. Something bugs me, though: if your destination is St. Petersburg, why the first signs says 231km to go and the second one says 238?
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Old August 11th, 2010, 01:13 PM   #889
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Excelent report! Waiting for updates!
Thank you! More coming up!

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Very nice report. Something bugs me, though: if your destination is St. Petersburg, why the first signs says 231km to go and the second one says 238?
Thanks. Well about the distances, that's signage mistake. You'll see more distance mistakes in my pictures of Petersburg-Moscow highway.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 01:49 PM   #890
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30. The whole M20 in Leningrad oblast is in excelent condition!


31. Believe it or not, but this is the first "rugged road" sign I saw since I entered Russia. And, it's even placed in a wrong place, where the road is very smooth.


32. We're getting closer and closer to our destination, so traffic grows and grows.


33. Exit to train station.


34.


35. Local crossing.


36. The road is very wide here, as you can see, people drive here like on 4-laned highway.


37. We're driving on Gatchina bypass now.


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39. Everyone stopped to let the lovely lady walk.


40. Very nice.


41. Few kilometers before Petersburg this road is being reconstructed into a motorway.


42. Driving on the other side. This motorway will have 3 lanes in each direction + an emergency lane.


43.


44. Driving now on the right side.


45. Pedestrian bridge U/C.


46. I wasn't driving on Kiyevskoye shosse untill Peter, so I turned to Volkhonskoye shosse, because my destination is located in other place. Here's the Volkhonskoye shosse junction with KAD and Tallinn highway.


47. We're driving on Tallinskoye shosse. Airport Pulkovo is near.


48. My region. I'll be staying for the night at my aunt's apartment.


49. Moscow, Viborg (to Finland), Murmansk, Kiev signed.


50. Prospekt Veteranov, we're in Saint-Petersburg. End of day 1.


Pictures of St. Petersburg-Moscow highway are coming this evening. Don't miss it!
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Old August 11th, 2010, 02:01 PM   #891
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The road from Gatchina to St.Petersburg is very well known to me, I used that almost every day a few years ago. It had terrible traffic, especially on Friday evening, Sunday evening and Monday morning, but it seems situation is improving because of reconstruction of Kievskoe shosse, although it is not even fully completed yet.
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Are there any plans to widen Kiyevskoye shosse further? At least till Gatchina?
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Old August 11th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #893
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Are there any plans to widen Kiyevskoye shosse further? At least till Gatchina?
Not till Gatchina, AFAIK they are going to extend road till Doni village, more info here
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Old August 11th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #894
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Not till Gatchina, AFAIK they are going to extend road till Doni village, more info here
Well that's the place where they are currently working now. I apologize, but I don't have time to upload next pictures now as I promised, plans have changed, pictures will be tomorrow.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #895
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Great report, Ripley!

I only made three roadpics during my holiday, as I went by train. This is the only Russian roadpic I have, of the MKAD. Due to the smog and the reflection in the train window it's not a great picture though

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Old August 12th, 2010, 12:55 AM   #896
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Nice report. The M20 looks very good in places
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Old August 12th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #897
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Great report, Ripley!
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Nice report.
Спасибо.

Петербургская кольцевая автомобильная дорога (КАД)
Saint-Petersburg ring road (KAD)

I drove the ring road from Tallinn till Moscow highway. Total distance ~ 18 km. Map of the driven section:


1. Day 2. We leave Piter as we entered using Tallinskoye shosse.


2.


3. The road will go only to the left, because part on the right is still U/C.


4. Forward Ivangorod (border with Estonia), right is the entrance to KAD.


5. Poles won't to be pleased with this sign. You can't see this sign very often. Sometimes it is before populated place, sometimes it isn't.


6. We're on the motorway. Motorway speed limit in RUS - 110 km/h.


7. Moscow highway only 14 km.


8. Very, very good road. It's superb actually!


9. Driving over New river.


10. Approaching junction with the inner city bypass that is under construction now, sheduled to open in April, 2011. That's a good thing, I won't be driving on the KAD through Kronshtadt if I suddenly want to get to Northern parts of Petersburg.


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16. We're going to Moscow.


17. Москва лишь в нескольких километрах от Питера...


18. Driving from KAD to Moscow highway.


19. Farewell Piter! I joined M10 and we're going to the capital. Notice that Moscow is signed with "k" - Moskow.
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Well done, RipleyLV!
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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:15 PM   #899
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Very cool!

Considering the KAD is quite new, I'm surprised all signs are only in Russian. However, if you want to drive in Russia as a foreigner, you definitely need to know at least Cyrillic anyway.
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Considering the KAD is quite new, I'm surprised all signs are only in Russian.
How many times I've traveled through various populated places, especially big cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tver, Vladimir, etc., the majority of destination signs are only in Russian. No matter if they are new or old.

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However, if you want to drive in Russia as a foreigner, you definitely need to know at least Cyrillic anyway.
It's better to have a satellite navigation or a very detailed recent map of Russia to travel, because lack of destination signs, especially in big cities. I got lost in Noginsk town (Moscow oblast), because I took the wrong exit from M7. I needed to get on Moscow's 2nd ring road. I had map, but it wasn't detailed enough, furthermore it was outdated (year 2001), so I stopped in the town to ask local people to show me the road.
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