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Old June 22nd, 2013, 03:41 AM   #621
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A few more from Etienne du Plessis on Flickr


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Settlers Way in Cape Town immediately before its opening on 8 December 1961.

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Newly opened N2 next to Athlone Powerstation, 1962.

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N2 and Athlone Powerstation both under construction, c1961.

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Lincoln Street bridge over what is now the N1, c1955 (present bridge is a replacement).
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 09:46 AM   #622
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Font on traffic signs looks to be the same as today, so it lives already over 50 years.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 08:58 PM   #623
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Font on traffic signs looks to be the same as today, so it lives already over 50 years.
It does look like the DIN-type font that is still used, but the sign itself looks more like the 'wonky' arrow British motorway signs of the same time.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 10:13 PM   #624
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Font in the second picture seems to be AWNB (based on FHWA).
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:56 PM   #625
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FHWA Interstate is the name of what has been designed by the American Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) as the font "Highway Gothic". This font had 6 classes, series A, B, C, D, E and F. Series A had extremely small letters. In the USA this font had been used with spikes, to make it better visible by night. That font was called BPR-E(M): series E(Modified). The modification was succesfull, and many other countries adopted the E(M) font. The ANWB-Ee Veteran refers to is also an adaptation of the BPR-E(M) font. The sign shown above in SA ("Langa", "N2") also is in E(M). There's really nothing DIN about it...
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 05:23 PM   #626
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First section of D1 near Prague in 1971 before opening
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early 70's
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yellow stripes were abandonen in 1973 according to Convention on Road Signs and Signals


70's


early 80's - middle crash barriers were added
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 07:33 PM   #627
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New 2+2 road Košice-Budimír (D1 motorway feeder), Czechoslovakia, 1989-1990. All photos are from this junction - opened on 17th November 1989.





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Old June 23rd, 2013, 07:40 PM   #628
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Border crossing Hraničná pri Hornáde (Czechoslovakia; now Milhosť, Slovakia) - Tornyosnémeti (Hungary), 1988. New checkpoint building on Czechoslovak side (opened in 1986).




Border between Czechoslovakia and Hungary (Milhosť-Tornyosnémeti), early 1920es. Picture from Hungarian side, there's a railway crossing on today's road 3040 (before 2004 it was road 3).
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 08:19 PM   #629
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Stunning photos!
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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #630
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How comes Czechoslovakia had a such advanced level of infrastructured compared to other socialist countries, for example the 300-million inhabitant USSR?
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Old June 24th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #631
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Expressway Košice-Šaca. First road in Eastern Slovakia (maybe not only Eastern ) with grade-separated junctions. Built in 1961-1962.

Tram overpass in Pereš. Street view.


Junction Šaca. Street view.
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Košice-Budimír expressway (1986-1992), D1 motorway feeder, Czechoslovakia.

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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #633
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I have just stumbled upon a clip from youtube where a french reporter drives through Romania in 1990. Here are some captions at the end of Pitesti - Bucuresti motorway 23 years ago:





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Unfortunately clear photos from the motorway during Ceausescu times are virtually impossible to find I sure would have wanted to compare to those from CZ or SK...
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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #634
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Old June 24th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #635
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No! That is from around 10 years ago!
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Old June 24th, 2013, 06:34 PM   #636
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This was posted on SSC a while ago by the user Bodgymol
A1 in Romania, 1982
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Old June 24th, 2013, 07:15 PM   #637
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How comes Czechoslovakia had a such advanced level of infrastructured compared to other socialist countries, for example the 300-million inhabitant USSR?
I wouldn't say it was more advanced than in say Hungary or GDR (with many of motorway routes dating back to 30's) or Yugoslavia (which is of course bit different case), I believe in the USSR near big cities there were motorways (or ring roads) built from 60's on as well.
Regarding Czechoslovakia, in the 50's after the cold war started the living standards were declining quite rapidly because of the focus on heavy industry and military (30% of GDP went into military), so the individual transport was quite low, only from early 60's number of cars was rising again and I believe this was the case for the whole socialist bloc. It was lagging behind western europe and in late 80's it finally collapsed.
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I had browsed my pc and found out some sad pictures mostly focused on destroyed infrastructure in Serbia (former "smaller" Yugoslavia) during NATO bombing campaign in 1999:





























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One of the key infrastructure target were the Danube bridges.....

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Old June 24th, 2013, 09:01 PM   #640
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A thing that many people ignore is that, while Croatia became indipendent in 1991 and stayed in peace since 1995, its easternmost area (around Vukovar) became part of HR only in 1998. Before, it was a sort of indipendent territory claimed by Jugoslavia, similar to the tiny Free Territory of Trieste (1947-54).
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There were already motorways in the Soviet Union. Just search "Baltic Way" on Google images.


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