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Old December 10th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #2561
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It was about time, it's a pity it's only in Slovak, but as I have said, the prices remain the same.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #2562
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Today it's exactly 37 years ago the first motorway of what would later become Slovakia opened to traffic.

On 12 December 1975, a 17 kilometer section of D61 (current D1) opened to traffic between Bratislava and Senec. It was the sixth motorway segment to open in Czechoslovakia.

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Old December 12th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #2563
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Little correction. Today it's 37 years since the opening of the first section of what is now D1. This year it's also 40 years since the construction of what is now D1 started (1972). Too bad even after 40 years of construction it's still not complete.

However, the very first section of motorway in Slovakia was opened on 7 September 1973 - 39 years ago. It was D2 Bratislava - Malacky. BTW, motorway connection of both federal capitals - Prague and Bratislava, was opened in 1980.

Crossing Malacky in 1980's:

http://malackepohlady.sk/?p=1378

The same place in 2012 by Google Streetview:

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Old December 12th, 2012, 08:57 PM   #2564
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^ I guess bridge railings haven't changed yet.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #2565
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^ I guess bridge railings haven't changed yet.
I'm not sure if they are original from 1970's, but anyway, all they need is some paint.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #2566
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This year it's also 40 years since the construction of what is now D1 started (1972). Too bad even after 40 years of construction it's still not complete.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 10:23 PM   #2567
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If all money stolen during construction of D1 had been actually used for the construction, this year we would have celebrated opening of new border crossing to Ukraine.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 11:29 PM   #2568
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Crossing Malacky in 1980's:
Only thing which has changed is that the grass was greener back in a day.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 12:11 AM   #2569
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Only think which has changed is that the grass was greener back in a day.
I would say couple of other things have changed since then. BTW this year was extraordinarily dry, that's probably why the grass was greener at the old photo. Another factor may be the region is basically a desert covered in artificial forest.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 12:43 AM   #2570
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Idk I think thats how it normally looks on the plain in late summer (I live in the moutains so its easy to spot the difference), I would say that first picture was shot in spring.

Anyway, except of new D2 sections in Bratislava, very little has changed since then. Junctions and bridges need some major improvement, there is also no fence alnog the motorway and what I miss on D2 is some proper motorway service.
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I'm not sure if they are original from 1970's, but anyway, all they need is some paint.
And a crash barrier would not hurt...
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Old December 13th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #2572
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Bratislava bypass was closed for 3 hrs today -



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Second carriageway of D1 Jablonov - Studenec opens to traffic tomorrow 14 December 2012.

http://ndsas.sk/aktuality-otvarame-d...i/44372s45156c
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Idk I think thats how it normally looks on the plain in late summer (I live in the moutains so its easy to spot the difference), I would say that first picture was shot in spring.

Anyway, except of new D2 sections in Bratislava, very little has changed since then. Junctions and bridges need some major improvement, there is also no fence alnog the motorway and what I miss on D2 is some proper motorway service.
What major improvement do bridges and junctions need? Missing fence is big problem especially in case of D2, since it's mostly in the forests. There's also needed an ecoduct. One should be built in 2014: http://www.ndsas.sk/useky-moravsky-s...t/44364s44894c

There is also planned upgrade of D2 to 2x3 lanes which includes something like general reconstruction of entire motorway from Bratislava to CZ border, although it's in early phase of preparation. But frankly, it wouldn't be needed anytime soon.

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And a crash barrier would not hurt...
These old sections of D2 don't have crash barriers on the bridges. I don't know why though. There is crash barrier before the bridge, then it turns into this kind of railing and after the bridge there's again a crash barrier: http://maps.google.sk/?ll=48.32684,1...88.18,,0,12.16

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Second carriageway of D1 Jablonov - Studenec opens to traffic tomorrow 14 December 2012.

http://ndsas.sk/aktuality-otvarame-d...i/44372s45156c
This is for a long time the last opened section of D1. Next one will be opened sometimes in the beginning of 2014.
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It was also the first new motorway segment of D1 being put into service since June 2010. Unfortunately works slowed down significantly when the financial crisis reared its ugly head in 2008-2009.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #2576
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It was also the first new motorway segment of D1 being put into service since June 2010. Unfortunately works slowed down significantly when the financial crisis reared its ugly head in 2008-2009.
Yes, but it's not due to the crisis. D1 is financed by 85 % from the funds of EU, which were available all the time. It's been caused by bad political decisions.

Wast majority of D1 was supposed to be built in two PPP projects, but they were simply too big which had its consequences. There were few bids by private consortiums (for one of the PPP projects there was only 1 bid), lack of competition in combination with corruption resulted into high price. The prices were so high the winning consortiums failed to provide funds from the banks.

Pretty much nothing was built during the negotiations with the banks and also after the projects had been cancelled it took some time to start the construction. These problems continue as it's still pretty difficult to close every competition for constructor due to numerous objections and obstructions made by the unsuccessful contractors.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #2577
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D1 Jablonov - Studenec, left carriageway

Some pictures of the opened section:






It seems this distance is finnaly counted from Bratislava:


Source: http://www.ndsas.sk/useky-jablonov--...s/44224s30385c


Photos from today:








Source: http://spisskanovaves.korzar.sme.sk/...m-profile.html
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Old December 15th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #2578
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It seems this distance is finnaly counted from Bratislava:
On D1 in Liptovsky Mikulas, the distance is still counted from Prague. I hope the Slovak Road Administration will change this immediately
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Old December 15th, 2012, 02:57 PM   #2579
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Nice to see that they opened the second profile Been driving last week there and was wondering what was left to do because it looks like finished and ready for opening

On the Bratislava bypass most of the time such crashes happen there I lost my first car there because someone at the end of the traffic jam was too fast and did not stop and hit the standing line of cars
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Old December 15th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #2580
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What major improvement do bridges and junctions need? Missing fence is big problem especially in case of D2, since it's mostly in the forests. There's also needed an ecoduct. One should be built in 2014: http://www.ndsas.sk/useky-moravsky-s...t/44364s44894c
It was a bit exaggerated, it just need more maintance really - Crash barriers, http://goo.gl/maps/7drBU, http://goo.gl/maps/6QSpG

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There is also planned upgrade of D2 to 2x3 lanes which includes something like general reconstruction of entire motorway from Bratislava to CZ border, although it's in early phase of preparation. But frankly, it wouldn't be needed anytime soon.
I thought that it was planned only between BA and Malacky.
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