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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #781
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Which bridge collapsed?
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #782
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This bridge.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #783
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I see this bridge is becoming famous. Well, actually it's not collapsed, but falling pieces of concrete from the string course after heavy rain three weeks ago were scary enough. It's closed for trucks, but cars can safely use it. It's going to be repaired within two months. This bridge built in 1949 probably just wasn't designed for present traffic.

Here you can see the damaged string course:


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And whole bridge:

Photos from: http://dromedar.zoznam.sk/cl/11161/5...st-na-zrutenie and http://www.topky.sk/cl/10/521823/Kam...Cadci-neprejdu

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Old August 9th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #784
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That doesn't seem to be in a very good shape indeed. By the way, I must have passed that bridge 2 years ago. I crossed the border at Mosty u Jablunkova and I was on my way to Martin
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Old August 9th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #785
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That doesn't seem to be in a very good shape indeed. By the way, I must have passed that bridge 2 years ago. I crossed the border at Mosty u Jablunkova and I was on my way to Martin
I'm sure it was your car which caused the damage.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #786
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Electronic toll

I have good message for truckers driving in Slovakia. Since 1st January 2010 Slovakia is introducing electronic toll for vehicles above 3.5 t. Toll will be from € 0.063 to € 0.208 per kilometre. For example a ride from Bratislava to Košice will cost from about € 23 to € 79.

Some info from page of company SkyToll which will built the tolling system:
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The project for Slovakia’s electronic tolling system is unique by international standards as the state-of-the-art satellite tolling technology covers, in addition to highways and expressways, also large sections of first class routes. The SkyToll electronic tolling solution, based on the GPS–GSM technology, offers maximum flexibility in order to secure future increases in the volume of freight transport and road-network extensions across Slovakia. This project is implemented with the participation of renowned international companies as well as Slovak experts and local companies specialising in IT technologies and intelligent transport systems.

The joint-stock company of SkyToll was established by members of the Ibertax-SanToll consortium, the winner of a tender for implementation of a comprehensive tolling system in the Slovak Republic. SanToll s.r.o. is owned by Sanef, a French-based corporation that operates one of the longest toll-road networks in Europe (more than 1,700 km). Sanef annually collects over one billion euro worth of toll through cash, credit-card and electronic-toll transactions.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 10:37 PM   #787
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Map of the tolled motorways, expressways and 1st class roads (there's no way to avoid the toll):

I'm posting this map in separate post to keep reasonable size of the previous one so it can be easily read.

Source of the map: http://ekonomika.etrend.sk/ekonomika...hustejsia.html
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Old August 9th, 2009, 10:55 PM   #788
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I'm sure it was your car which caused the damage.
Maybe the bridge is allergic to hybrid cars
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Old August 9th, 2009, 11:39 PM   #789
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I did damage to that bridge 6 times with a 24t truck this year.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:16 AM   #790
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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #791
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Maybe the bridge is allergic to hybrid cars
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I did damage to that bridge 6 times with a 24t truck this year.
Reconstruction of the bridge will cost € 285,467. You may expect bill in your mailbox soon, guys.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #792
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That's a nice map:
http://ndsas.sk/mapa/12389s
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Old August 11th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #793
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R1 Žarnovica - Šášovské Podhradie

Works are progressing.



Interchange Lehôtka pod Brehmi:


View towards Žarnovica:


Overpass near Hliník nad Hronom:


Map is from www.highways.sk
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Old August 11th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #794
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I have good message for truckers driving in Slovakia. Since 1st January 2010 Slovakia is introducing electronic toll for vehicles above 3.5 t. Toll will be from € 0.063 to € 0.208 per kilometre. For example a ride from Bratislava to Košice will cost from about € 23 to € 79.

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Is this system going to be compatible with German Toll Collect system, which is also GPS/GSM-based or will truckers on destination Germany <-> Slovakia need two different electronic boxes in the vehicle?
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Old August 11th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #795
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Is this system going to be compatible with German Toll Collect system, which is also GPS/GSM-based or will truckers on destination Germany <-> Slovakia need two different electronic boxes in the vehicle?
I guess they will need two boxes. In theory both systems should be compatible, but it would require also some agreement between Slovak and German toll administrators and I don't know about any.
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It will be very interesting, when more countries start to use GPS-based toll system without any compatibility agreement (Slovenia is planning GPS-based toll too in near future).

As I know, those boxes are about the size of an autoradio. Imagine having four or five of those boxes for intereuropean travels.
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They should make one box for all countries that introduce this system, my dad already has 2 boxes sticked on the windshield, one for Austria, the other for Czech. Hopefully Czech box will serve in Slovakia too and one box costs 70 EUR btw.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #798
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If Slovakian system is GPS-based then it won't be compatible with Czech system, which is microwave-based.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #799
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It's going to be fun with all the toll equipment in cars. Trucks at least have some space to store them, but officials want electronic toll also for cars under 3.5t in the future. IMO there should be definitelly some EU regulation which would force EU countries to make their systems compatible and there should be some agreements with other European countries as well. It would be great if there was some pan-European device which would be able to communicate with electronic toll systems in entire Europe (both GPS/GSM based toll and microwave based toll).

BTW, Slovak on-board toll device:

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Well, there is something - the Directive 2004/52/EC on the interoperability of the toll systems. But it still remains a future target.
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