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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:11 AM   #1781
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Yesterday it snowed in Slovenia as well. I was in Switzerland when it reached 42°C in Grono in 2003.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #1782
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Nice pics cinxxx!
I would have made a small detour on the last day and go from Wattwil via Rickenpass to Sargans. You would have passed along the Walensee over the Kerenzerberg, it's a very scenic route.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 11:06 AM   #1783
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Nice pics cinxxx!
I would have made a small detour on the last day and go from Wattwil via Rickenpass to Sargans. You would have passed along the Walensee over the Kerenzerberg, it's a very scenic route.
Thanks!
Next time I will consider it .
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Old April 28th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #1784
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The trucks were forbidden to cross the Alps for some time.
The mess was also completed by the driving ban in Italy this wednesday. I went via Mont Blanc on thursday, but drove back northbound through Switzerland (on friday) and there was practicly no delay at all. However, southbound was totally messed up though: very long delays at Chiasso, Biasca, ADS Gotthard Sud, the last few kilometres for the Gotthard and Erstfeld.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 10:24 PM   #1785
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I remember a long truck queque also on Tuesday evening (24th, the day before Italian national day) before A9-A2 border crossing at Chiasso towards the north, starting from Como Monte Olimpino exit. Usually there aren't trucks waiting on the motorway to cross the border northbound.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #1786
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That's remarkable indeed. It's often the exact opposite there: waiting cars which are blocking the truck exit.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:18 AM   #1787
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Canton Lucerne will not support a second Gotthard road tunnel, because it thinks that the money available would be better spent on its territory, to increase capacity through the city of Lucerne (where the A2 has between 60.000 and 90.000 vehicles per day, compared to 17.000 on the Gotthard tunnel).
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 02:08 AM   #1788
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Canton Lucerne will not support a second Gotthard road tunnel
Oh, what a surprise.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #1789
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A big accident happened on the A2 between Lugano and Mendrisio this afternoon. I think a truck must have been collapsed on a car, since the car was about 2 meter shorter.

The motorway was closed for a few hours. While being stuck in a tunnel there, I saw some guy with a scottish kilt walking between the traffic and playing a bagpipe...
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Old May 9th, 2012, 10:29 PM   #1790
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Apaprently the car skidded hitting the truck, this truck then hit the car. Of the two passengers of the car, one suffered minor injuries, the other has got more serious injuries but his life is not in danger. One northbound lane has been reopened quickly but the problems lasted until 20.30.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk9R3kndTN0
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Old May 9th, 2012, 10:35 PM   #1791
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Is there any web site where the current (approx.) waiting times at the Gotthard tunnel entries are published?
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Old May 9th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #1792
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The TCS website is usually up to date: http://www.tcs.ch/de/auto-mobilitaet...uelle-lage.php

Dates of night closures can be found here: http://www.gotthard-strassentunnel.ch/

(both websites only in DE-FR-IT)
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Old May 12th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #1793
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This is something I don't understand in the generally extremely safety-minded Switzerland: 2-way traffic on a single carriageway because of roadworks, but without physical barriers. I saw this on the roadworks near Luzern some time ago too.

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Old May 12th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #1794
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There at least there are those cones with orange-white stripes. In Luzern there was absolutely nothing to separe the flows, except signals.
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Old May 12th, 2012, 11:17 AM   #1795
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This would be unthinkable in the Netherlands, where at least temporary class T3 is required on motorways. This isn't even a guardrail class.
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Old May 12th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #1796
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There at least there are those cones with orange-white stripes. In Luzern there was absolutely nothing to separe the flows, except signals.
Honestly, that doesn´t make much difference. One could still easily drive on the middle lane in the wrong direction. Especially considering the heavy descent on this section, you'd rather expect a safer solution...
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Old May 12th, 2012, 12:32 PM   #1797
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It may depend to the cantons or to the ASTRA department. I have seen traffic running in opposites directions without barrier in Lucerne (Zofingen department), but in Ticino and Graubünden (Bellinzona department) I have always seen at least very frequent and high red-white cones.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #1798
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Radolfzell am Bodensee - Milan A2 (Saint-Gotthardt) or A13 (San Bernardino)

Hello,

I will be travelling on a summer Sunday morning from Radolfzell (Germany) to Milan (Italy). The distance on A2 (Zurich, Schwyz, Bellinzona) is practically the same as on A13 (Kreuzlingen, Sankt Margarethen, Chur). I've read that I may risk traffic jams at the entrance of the Saint-Gotthardt tunnel [A2], but the A13 is partially only an expressway with no separated dual lanes and speed limits to 100 km/h or 80 km/h. Which of the routes do you think will be faster ?
Thank you in advance for your tips.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #1799
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I'd take the San Bernardino route. Between Chur and Bellinzona it's not a motorway but the single-lane sections won't delay you that much, since there's no truck traffic on sunday. The jams for the Gotthard tunnel can be quite long, up to several hours. I'd avoid it around typical tourist weekends.

Btw, the route via Zürich and Luzern has a lot of limited (80/100km/h) sections as well.
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Closing Date: 02.07.2012

Open invitation to tender, deadline 02.07.2012, for refurbishment of the 32.4 km-long Pass Gotthard Road section, including several tunnels. Contract duration 31.08.2012-31.12.2020. For more visit http://www.simap.ch/shabforms/servle...TICE_NR=735591. Written questions before 11.06.2012. Offers to OFROU, attn Angebot 080082 EP Gotthard, Passstrasse, PV TP4 BSA, Zofingen, tel +41 6274575-11, fax -90, e-mail [email protected]. Visit http://ted.europa.eu/udl?request=See...id=162216-2012. 22/12.
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