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Old November 24th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #41
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New section of expressway R3 Oravský Podzámok - Horná Lehota is going to be opened. R3 is part of international corridor E77. It connects Budapest with Krakow and it leads through very mountainous central Slovakia. It's being build only partially and half-profile.


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Old December 2nd, 2007, 06:28 PM   #42
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Update from construction of D3 Hričovské Podhradie - Žilina, Strážov

2x2 connection of this highway with the city of Žilina will be put in operation next week so this city will finnaly get highway connection.


Map from http://www.highways.sk/


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Old December 2nd, 2007, 07:06 PM   #43
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Nice!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 07:09 PM   #44
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So I think today should be opening of section Hričovské Podhradie - Žilina, Strážov or other day, sorry if I'm incorrect.


So here you have a picture from this section during construction phase


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Old December 11th, 2007, 09:45 PM   #45
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So I think today should be opening of section Hričovské Podhradie - Žilina, Strážov or other they, sorry if I'm incorrect.


So here you have a picture from this section during construction phase
Yes, today were opened section of D3 Hričovské Podhradie - Žilina-Strážov, section od D1 Važec - Mengusovce and break through of tunnel Bôrik on highway D1 section Mengusovce - Jánovce. Also construction of highway service center in Mengusovce began today.

Map of D3 Hričovské Podhradie - Žilina-Strážov


Map of D1 Važec - Mengusovce:


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I will add more actual pictures when I will find some.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 10:18 PM   #46
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How long is this new opened section of D1 ?
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Old December 11th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #47
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It's just a short section between two exits (villages). If you ask me, it should have been built to Poprad in one go.

Still, I won't complain anymore if someone shows me a sign towards Štrbské Pleso.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 10:00 PM   #48
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How long is this new opened section of D1 ?
Section of D1 Važec - Mengusovce is 12 225 metres long. There is the highest point of Slovak highway system (906 m above the see level) and the shortest tunnel (Lučivná 250 m).


Some pictures I found:

Tunel Lučivná




This is two days before opening:



Opening:








Break through of tunnel Bôrik (part of U/C section of D1 Mengusovce - Jánovce):










New roads in Žilina which are connecting it with the highway:












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http://zilina-gallery.sk
http://www.mojliptov.sk
http://www.highways.sk
http://www.dialnice.info

I know it's long post with many photos, but there's a lot of activity in connection woth highways nowadays. What is more, mour government is announcing construction of 165 km of highways until year 2010. Today, the construction of missing part of the D1 in Považská Bystrica (section Sverepc - Vrtižer, more accurately its part Považská Bystrica západ - Vrtižer):


Part of the highway which leads right above Považská Bystrica will be also such bridge:
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:38 PM   #49
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Construction of motorways in Slovakia should be cheaper.

Ministry of transportation wants to change Slovak technical norm and set new parameters for motorways. For example median should be only 1.5 m wide instead of present 4 m. Maximal allowed gradient in tunnels will be changed from 4% to 5%. The lenght of adjacet roads should be reduced as well. The goal of the ministry is to decrease the current cost by 20%.

Original article only in Slovak: http://www.tvojepeniaze.sk/dialnice-...sk_pspravy_p01


IMO this is a very bad step. We should rather build motorways more slowly but with higher standards. Not to mention there is too many planned expressways even on places where motorways could be built. Another problem is that all planned motorways and expressways will be only 2x2 when on many places will be soon after completition of those roads needed at least 2x3 lanes.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:37 PM   #50
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And especially not much would be saved with that sort of construction measures. Most cost is saved by more optimized design of general motorway alignment. Having median wide 1,5 m instead of 4 m does not help much with costs. Like here:

If connecting road would motorway would more closely follow terrain, it would be much cheaper. On other hand, Slovak geography is in large part very difficult, so large costs are unavoidable.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:37 PM   #51
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Like D1 from Bratislave to Zilina for example.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:40 PM   #52
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Don't know for now, but 4 years ago it was quite empty when I drove over it (twice, both around rush hour). I doubt, that it would need 2x3 lanes by now already.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:57 PM   #53
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Most costs come from labour, not from alignement. The labour force in Europe is just too expensive. That's why they can build everything in Dubai.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #54
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That's why Slovakian labour should be cheap. In Slovenia those workers are even cheaper than Bosnian. As I somehow understood linked Slovakian article, prices for motorway construction in Slovakia are comparable to German and GB prices, which from labour point seems too much.
In article it says, that flat terrain motorways cost about 7 mil € per km, hilly terrain motorways about 10 mil. € and tunnels around 20 mil. € (which should be up to 100 % more than in Germany)
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:08 PM   #55
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about same costs here...although the rules here are very strict...the viaduct at Kőröshegy has a gradient of 2,86 ,and it had to be "degraded" to expressway,because of that.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:54 PM   #56
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Problems with high prices are on all Slovak motorways and expressways. No mattter if they are in lowlands or mountains they are still more expansive than similar roads in our neighbour countries and even in Western Europe. Our labour force is much cheaper than in e.g. GB, but one km of motorway in a bit hilly terrain cost as much as in GB (more than EUR 11 million).

But, the problems are not with thier parameters, they are similar or lower than in other countries, problems are with investitions which are not neccesary for construction of motorway. As minister of tranportation said, they've been moving 80 km of electric wires instead of neccesary 800 metres. They sometimes even build more kilometres of adjacent roads than the motorway kilometres. In some villages there were even kindegartens or canalisations built. I think we should avoid such "investitions" and keep our Technical norm unchanged.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:07 PM   #57
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Yes i agree, building public services which are not part of infrastructure shouldn't be calculated in road construction, but from different budgets.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #58
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Little update

Motorway D1, section Svinia - Prešov West (7950m). Pictures are from page: http://www.highways.sk



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Construction works in current weather are pretty slow...
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Old January 6th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #59
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Motorway D1, section Jánovce - Jablonov

Forumer horsao5 posted those nice visualisations to the thread Slovakian highways - Slovenské diaľnice in Central Europe subforum. More pictures can be found on http://www.levoca.sk/dialnica_d1/dialnica_d1.htm

Map from http://www.highways.sk/


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Highway visualization - D1 Jánovce - Jablonov

Jánovce


Levoča




Levoča - odpočívadlo


Tunel Šibeník




Spišský Hrhov


Klčov


Onedlho pridám aj video.....
I also recommend to watch this video:

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So here is that video from highway D1 Jánovce - Jablonov (visualization)
Only in Slovak language...

Some technical info:

Motorway D1, section Jánovce - Jablonov will be 18 536 m long. There are planned 16 bridges with overall lenght 3586 m. Another 4 bridges above the motorway and 2 bridges on the branches of flyover crossings. Part of the motorway will be also 616 m long tunnel Šibeník.

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Old January 6th, 2008, 06:10 PM   #60
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