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Old February 21st, 2010, 08:57 PM   #2781
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News of the international bridge between France and Brazil over the Oyapock River. According to what a local Brazilian journalist wrote on his blog, work on the bridge has already started (he visited the bridge this week). They plan to complete the bridge and open it to traffic in October of this year, because president Lula da Silva would very much like to cross the bridge hand in hand with Nicolas Sarkozy before the end of his presidency (Lula's presidency ends on Jan. 1, 2011).

If construction on the bridge proper has only just started, I don't know if it can be completed by October. It seems like a tight deadline. What do you think?

In any case, can't wait for it to open, and to see the first pictures. A Franco-Brazilian border is going look so surreal...

Here's what the journalist posted on his blog 3 days ago:
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Quinta-feira, Fevereiro 18, 2010
Brasil constrói ponte de R$ 56 milhões para se ligar à Guiana Francesa pelo Oiapoque

[img]http://i46.************/5mzldw.jpg[/img]

É uma jóia da arquitetura, a ponte que ligará o Brasil à França, cruzando o Rio Oiapoque.

Fui ver de perto as obras, que estão começando.

Meta é inaugurar em outubro, pois o presidente Lula quer cruzar os mais de 200 metros de braços dados com o colega Sarkozy.

A construção está a cargo de um consórcio entre a Egesa e a CMT, ambas com sede em Brasília e escritórios em Minas Gerais. A Funcab, Fundação Professor Carlos Augusto Bittencourt, foi contratada para cuidar da Supervisão Ambiental do empreendimento - atentar para que a obra não agrida a natureza.

Depois vou dando mais detalhes, pois sou o coordenador da Comunicação Social do projeto ambiental.

Veja que beleza de imagem.

http://marciog.blogspot.com/2010/02/...6-milhoes.html
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Old February 21st, 2010, 09:05 PM   #2782
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For a bit of context:



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Old February 22nd, 2010, 04:08 PM   #2783
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USA Mexico:

Tijuana:

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It looks like everyone's going into the US, but few people are driving in the opposit direction
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 04:12 PM   #2784
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It looks like everyone's going into the US, but few people are driving in the opposit direction
That depends on customs throughput. Maybe Mexican customs are much more lax than U.S. customs.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 07:59 PM   #2785
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That depends on customs throughput. Maybe Mexican customs are much more lax than U.S. customs.
Mexico has two tiers of border crossing - their border with the USA itself has very lax inspections, if they do any at all. They call it their 'border zone' (or whatever its Spanish equivalent is). The Border Zone is a band about 50-100 km wide along the border plus all of the Baja Peninsula. Then comes the 'interior'. From what I am aware of, the Mexican border zone/interior interface inspections and red tape are more strict and tedious than what one faces crossing into the USA.

The USA, OTOH, does the full inspection at the border.

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Old February 22nd, 2010, 10:06 PM   #2786
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Croatian-Slovenian Border near Pasjak (entering the European Union), with different gates for EU and non-EU travellers.





And, after only 30km, the slovenian-italian border.
slovenian side, dismissed station

italian side
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 10:26 PM   #2787
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Croatian-Slovenian Border near Pasjak (entering the European Union), with different gates for EU and non-EU travellers.
Do they respect the EU/non-EU gates? At the Romanian-Hungarian borders different gates are signalized but nobody uses them. Maybe because the low traffic. The only exception is at Nadlac/Nagylak where the traffic is very high, sometimes the border check is made on 6 lanes, but they are common for EU/non-EU travellers.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 11:11 PM   #2788
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Mmh, i couldn't say, when i was there in august 2009 the slovenians officers were checking all passports and non-EU travellers went through more accurate controls. So I would say yes.

But there is a slight difference: Romania and Hungary are both EU countries, even if Romania's not part of the Schengen Area. Croatia is not in the EU, so things may be a little different
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Old February 24th, 2010, 09:44 AM   #2789
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How many vehicles cross the US/Mexican border at Tijuana and CD Juarez crossings every day?
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, for Tijuana (San Ysidro and Otay Mesa CA), it's about 50,000 cars and about 2000 trucks per day. For El Paso (PDN, Stanton, BOTA and Ysleta) it's about 30,000 cars and about 1,800 trucks per day. There are some buses and trains too. And of course, it varies by season and by day of the week.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #2790
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Bosnia's border crossings

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Old February 26th, 2010, 10:32 PM   #2791
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Is that a new border crossing?
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Old February 27th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #2792
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It's kinda sad when governments in Europe are forced to spend a lot of money building border crossing instead of removing them. I hope that 5 years from now such buildings will be a distant memory.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #2793
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Is that a new border crossing?
it is crossings and yes they are new
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Old February 27th, 2010, 08:27 PM   #2794
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Hmm only countries who aren't part of schengen still have border control,, So you really cant generalise Europe by saying that the all spend money on border crossings, only a few countries, like you're own country do!
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Old February 27th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #2795
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And Schengen countries still need borders at exterior borders. Poland, Hungary, etc.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #2796
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Hmm only countries who aren't part of schengen still have border control,, So you really cant generalise Europe by saying that the all spend money on border crossings, only a few countries, like you're own country do!
You are right here. Romania is set to join Schengen space next year and the authorities are investing a lot in upgrading all systems and frontier crossings at our borders with Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova. Of course, from a technical and rational point of view I completely understand and agree with these measures, 'cause we want to join the Schengen space, but sometimes, in my dreams, I imagine an Europe where all the border crossings will be disbanded.
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When is Romania set to implement Schengen, January 1st? Is Bulgaria joining also?
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Old February 27th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #2798
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When is Romania set to implement Schengen, January 1st? Is Bulgaria joining also?
For both Bulgaria and Romania the time of accession is March 2011. I don't know why March and not January though.
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March 2011 according to Wikipedia
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Old February 27th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #2800
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Yes, March 2011 is set for Romania and Bulgaria to join the Schengen space. Last summer Romanian police made a pre-Schengen exercise with the Hungarian police. During the exercise was a cross-border pursuit, with the suspects beeing stopped in the other country. More about this subject below:

adevarul.ro (romanian version)

adevarul.ro (english version - google translate)

Note both romanian Dacia Logan and hungarian Ford Focus police cars.
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