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Old January 2nd, 2009, 11:25 PM   #441
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D1 Sverepec - Vrtižer

Update of motorway through Považská Bystrica from www.dialnice.info, part 2. It includes interchange "Centrum" and pillars of the viaduct above the town:














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Old January 3rd, 2009, 11:43 AM   #442
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workers seems to be very thirsty....

I think I have to look around in that area in summer...
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Old January 4th, 2009, 02:03 AM   #443
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workers seems to be very thirsty....

I think I have to look around in that area in summer...
Don't forget to take photos.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:12 PM   #444
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As for snowy weather now, here are the winjter pictures from D1 Mengusovce-Jánovce section.
Source: www.highways.sk

Tunnel Bôrik eastern portal


Mengusovce-Poprad section is still U/C, to be opened in September:




From crossing Poprad west to Vysoké Tatry and Matejovce intersections it is completed full profile:









Intersection Poprad east


Section Matejovce-Poprad east-Spišský Štvrtok, second profile is U/C, although now it´s not that visible
















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Old January 7th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #445
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It will be one of the best views in Eastern Europe seeing from that motorway
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Old January 7th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #446
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It will be one of the best views in Eastern Europe seeing from that motorway
It probably is. Beautiful mountain sceneries, however, could be find at Polish S69, S7 southly from Cracow, Bulgarian A2, in the future on Romanian A3. Not to mention Austrian A9, A10, S16 and others.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #447
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Beautiful pics. I guess that a lot of skiing is going on right now in the Tatras
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Sure it is. But honestly, Tatras are not my favourite skiing resort. They are expensive and crowded, although beautiful. And in the near of the Tatras is U/C motorway feeder, kind of north-south bypass of Poprad, which will make the mountains even more accessible. But most of Tatras area is National Park, so more tourists might give the cliffs limited damages. The motorway is also important east-west /Bratislava-Košice D1 motorway/ connection so many passing will have a splendid view.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 01:32 AM   #449
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Section Matejovce-Poprad east-Spišský Štvrtok, second profile is U/C, although now it´s not that visible



I love this picture.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 06:23 PM   #450
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Electronic toll in Slovakia since fall 2009 in PPP form, new U/C photos

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On January 13th, 2009, the national Slovak highway company called Národná diaľničná spoločnost, a.s. signed a contract with SkyToll a.s. on building an electronic toll system in Slovakia. Collection of the toll should be realised using satellite technology and operation is expected to be launched, according to the most optimistic plan, in fall 2009.

Collection of the toll in electronic way should apply to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, highways and high speed roads of the 1st class at the total length of 2,435 km. Operator will deliver the service using system DBFOT (design, build, finance, operate and transfer). The contract will be signed for 14 years with the option on the contract being prolonged by another 5 years.

Company SkyToll, a.s. filed the highest bid on building and operation of the toll system (app. 852 mil. EUR, which is app. 22.5 bln. CZK). One of the important subcontractors should be company Siemens, which will deliver the dash OBU units for satellite transfer of information and software for the whole system.

Private cars should pay the toll later on, so as far as the year 2010, the system of payments for travelling on highways and high speed roads will remain the same and will use the highway stamps.
Source:http://www.asociaceppp.cz/?action=ventire&n_id=444

And some February winter construction shots, all from the D1 Svinia-Prešov motorway section:







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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:50 AM   #451
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D1 winner in 2 weeks, hopefully

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Bids are being received for five sections of the huge D1 highway project in Slovakia. The contract has a value of €1.63 billion in all and the winner should be announced in the next two weeks. This PPP project will link Martin and Presov in Slovakia and the bidders are two consortia comprising local and international firms. One consortium is headed by French firm Bouygues Travaux Publics and also includes two Slovak companies Vahostav-Sk and Doprastav amongst its project team. The other consortium bidding is the French-Swedish consortium Vinci Concessions - Skanska Infrastructure Development. This first contract is to build 75km of highway through PPP financing and includes stretches linking Dubna Skala and Turany, Turany and Hubova, Hubova and Ivachnova, Janovce and Jablonov, Fricovce and Svinia. By 2012-2013 Slovakia plans to build 157km of motorway through a further PPP, which is expected to cost in the region of €3.49 billion.

Source: http://www.worldhighways.com/news/ar...recordID=14732

And here are some shots from various D1 sections throughout the country, which have not been showed at SSC before, the tendered sections will look similar, well at least they will cross the the hilly and valley terrain, for which is the country well known:

























Sources: www.highways.sk and doprava.programypc.sk
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Old February 12th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #452
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Old February 14th, 2009, 03:04 AM   #453
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New road law takes effect

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NEW RULES came into force on Slovakia’s roads on February 1 with the primary goal of reducing the country’s high rate of accidents. The speed limit in towns and villages has been lowered to 50 kilometres per hour from its previous limit of 60, headlight use is required year-round and new rules for winter tyres are among the most significant changes. Fines for minor offences have been increased.

Transport analysts and the police view the new Road Traffic Act positively and say they expect fewer traffic accidents as a result, fulfilling a commitment made to the European Union, which asked Slovakia to reduce the number of people killed in road accidents to less than 305 by 2010. Last year, 558 people died in traffic accidents and 1,794 were seriously injured.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told journalists that adopting this act was fundamental and that it would become a weapon against what he called road pirates.

“We don’t want drivers to behave arrogantly only because they feel they can afford it,” Kaliňák told the Sme daily.

Reducing the speed limit in municipalities should protect the lives of pedestrians. Slovakia and Romania were the only two EU countries where the maximum speed in municipalities remained 60 kilometres per hour, Kaliňák said.

According to police statistics 194 pedestrians died on the roads in 2006; a year later this number went up to 207; and last year 184 pedestrians were killed by moving vehicles.

Martin Korch, a police spokesman, told The Slovak Spectator that it is a good law, required by the circumstances and by the times.

“Due to the development of road traffic it is necessary to apply these new rules in practice,” Korch explained to The Slovak Spectator. “The philosophy and essence of the act aims at safer and smoother traffic on one hand and strict punishment for so-called ‘un-teachable’ road pirates on the other hand.”

Korch further remarked that the new act on road traffic was just one part of a broader system of measures aimed at decreasing the fatalities on Slovak roads.

“We must also add to the effectiveness of the police, which basically means increasing the number of transport and highway police officers and equipping them with new technology,” Korch said.

He added that due to the systematic measures of the police last year that the total number of road accidents had decreased.

“Better police enforcement and the new Road Traffic Act offer the likelihood that the alarming number of accidents on our roads will keep decreasing,” Korch said.

Korch rejected criticism that has been levelled at the act. He said it was prepared by experts and has now passed through the legislative process.

Transport analyst Ján Bazovský also thinks that the new act was necessary. He explained to The Slovak Spectator that it was the radically changed situation on Slovakia’s roads that required the new law and that all countries in central and eastern Europe have experienced this.

“Each country’s transportation norms need to react to such changes, so it was really high time for Slovakia to make a new law on road traffic,” Bazovský stressed. “Even legal terms in the old law did not reflect the real conditions of transport on our roads.”


Minister’s speedy driving

Paradoxically, a few days after the new road law came into effect, a video shot by journalists from the Pravda daily showed the car of Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák clearly violating the speed limit within a municipality. According to the journalists, the car was travelling at more than 100 kilometres per hour.

Kaliňák expressed regret when he was asked by The Slovak Spectator about the car’s excessive speed, while adding that someone else was driving.

“It is true that it makes a bad impression, especially when the new Road Traffic Act was coming into effect.” Kaliňák told The Slovak Spectator. “The driver of the ministry car, in fact a police officer from the Office for Protection of Public Officials, was acting in compliance with the law, however.”

On February 3, the day the story was published in Pravda, the ministry had sent a statement to newswires describing the story as “tendentious” and saying that the paper would be sued.


Some additional provisions

Cyclists must now wear protective helmets when riding outside municipalities and children under 15 must wear a helmet at all times while cycling, even in towns and villages.

When there is low visibility, both pedestrians and cyclists should wear reflecting items or reflective clothing so that drivers can spot them more easily. If they are not wearing reflective markings, they can be fined up to €60, police spokesman Viktor Plézel told the financial daily Hospodárske Noviny (HN).

The law bans anti-radar devices which warn drivers that police are measuring the speed of cars with radar. The fine for using such a device is €130. If a driver is found with an anti-radar device fitted in their car, the police can confiscate the car’s registration certificate. Anti-radar devices can cause serious car accidents, according to Plézel.

“If a car is going at 160 kilometres per hour and an anti-radar device warns the driver about a police radar and the driver brakes abruptly, the car behind can crash into the vehicle at a high speed,” Plézel told HN.

The new act also introduces a fine of up to €60 for drivers using insulting gestures, for example, knocking on one’s forehead or using a pointed middle-finger while behind the steering wheel. Such gestures can also cause collisions, according to transportation analyst Bazovský.

“Imagine, for example, the aggressive driving of a road pirate, who pushes you out of the road, and then even rolls down the side window and makes a silly gesture,” Bazovský explained. “From this, a dangerous situation can emerge.”

The fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 70 kilometres per hour will be €650. If a driver refuses to undergo a breath test for alcohol, the fine will be between €300 and €1,300. Fleeing the site of an accident carries a fine of €1,300, according to a list published in the daily Nový Čas.
http://www.spectator.sk/articles/vie...es_effect.html


And here are the new road signs:


Hmm, I hope, that IS6 won´t distract that much driver´s attention...
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Old February 14th, 2009, 10:15 AM   #454
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also in romania the speed limit is 50KM/h since long time ago.so the journalist is a little bit misinformed.
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Seems like a money-generator to me. Minor offenses usually do not significantly increase traffic fatalities/accidents. The real problem are the road pirates, which you can catch with more highway patrol.
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Seems like a money-generator to me. Minor offenses usually do not significantly increase traffic fatalities/accidents. The real problem are the road pirates, which you can catch with more highway patrol.
Money generator is second name of this act. The biggest worry of our Ministry of Interior right now is establishment of Toll police. But, it may also increase traffic safety. Problem is our police usually patrol on safe roads where people tend to drive fast to collect money and they don't care about stretches were patrols are really necessary to punish dangerous pirates.
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also in romania the speed limit is 50KM/h since long time ago.so the journalist is a little bit misinformed.
Sorry, some journalists should take better care of the provided information. It´s not, however, first time they misleaded, not by intention.

And opinion to the Chris view: Good to know the experience from the Dutch system. What we also miss is the suffidient number of motorway and expressway cameras, in Bratislava and Košice regions they are so it is problem-free, on the busiest sections of D1 and R1 they need to be installed as well. Maybe they already are there, and we don´t know it, it could be by intention... Continous lightning on the rural, but busy sections can be another solution. It will, however, probably come up with a time.
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National Motorway Agency /Národná diaľničná spoločnosť/ announced on its web page the motorway sections, which construction will start this year. These parts, however, are aside from PPP projects, which form the substantial part of motorway construction in the next few years.

Construction start this year /state budget and eurofonds/:

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Motorway section                          Construction start      Lenght
D1   Jablonov - Studenec                        08/2009           5,210 km 
D1   Studenec - Beharovce                       03/2009           3,323 km 
D3   Žilina, Strážov - Žilina, Brodno           06/2009           4,250 km 
D3   Žilina, Brodno - Kysucké Nové Mesto        11/2009          10,118 km 
D2   Crossing Stupava south /D4/                04/2009           3,200 km
The starting dates might be orientational, but I don´t expect major delays, it could proceed in similar way as last year, despite the financial crisis.
D1 and D2 /D4/ sections descriptions have been already posted, so here are some D3 sections information:

D3 Žilina, Strážov - Žilina, Brodno

Could be regarded as a sort of north west bypass of Žilina, this 4,25 km section is just estacade-tunnel-estacaed rollercoaster. Two estacades, one across Hričov dam and one after exiting of tunnel Považský Chlmec are of 2089m lenght .

From crossing Strážov will motorway continue across Hričov dam




On the other bank of Váh river it will enter tunnel Považský Chlmec /2218m/




Urban area north of Žilina


D3 Žilina, Brodno - Kysucké Nové Mesto

One shorter tunnel Kysuca, 584 m, 7 bridges of total lenght 2547m as parts of the motorway body, 2 level crossings Žilina - Brodno and Kysucké Nové Mesto will be part of this section.

Along river Kysuca valley:


Crossing Kysucké Nové Mesto:


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Winner of first PPP highway package known

Yet another highway news

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The preliminary winner of the tender for a DBFO project for stretches of the D1 highway between Martin and Presov is an international consortium led by the French company Bouygues Travaux Publics (including Slovak companies Doprastav, a.s. Bratislava and Vahostav-Sk, a.s. Zilina). The French-Swedish consortium Vinci Concessions S.A. – Skanska Infrastructure Development AB placed second, with a higher bid. The winning consortium submitted a bid of cca. EUR 3.3 billion. The second bidder made an offer of EUR 4.1 billion.

Transport Minister Vazny said they have to wait for fourteen days whether there will be an appeal. He expects that after the two weeks the ministry will definitively determine the winner and invite the consortium to talks that should result in signing of the concession contract. Minister Vazny admitted certain problems with securing finances for the second PPP package but added that the European Investment Bank (EIB) promised EUR 0.7 billion for this project. The ministry is also in negotiations with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development aimed at increasing this promise by EUR 0.3 billion in order that the EIB can take part in the project with EUR 1 billion.
http://www.asociaciappp.sk/?a=novinka&id=109
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So 26.1 km to be started this year. Impressive. Of course with additional 150 km of PPP motorways it would be much better.

I have to say I think D3 Žilina, Strážov - Žilina, Brodno is the most unnecessary section of D3. I would rather see construction of whichever part of D3 instead of this one.
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