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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:53 AM   #1401
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Dosen't Estonia also have 1.5x1.5 roads? Last time I drove there (South Estonia) I think I remember you having some of them too.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 10:50 AM   #1402
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No, Estonia has no 1.5x1.5 roads because they are deemed too dangerous. We might get some 2+1 roads in the future though.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 11:52 AM   #1403
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Many people disliked A1 road in the beginning but after some while everything goes on very smoothly. Sure, sometimes agressive "driving specialists" can be seen but they are everywhere.
I can hardly imagine that high AADT on A1 driving on an ordinary 2 lane road. Without these wide shoulders there could be no overtaking possibilities at all.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:19 PM   #1404
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Dosen't seem too dangerous to me, 1x1 roads are far more dagnerous than A1.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:27 PM   #1405
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1.5x1.5 roads invite reckless driving, such as trucks passing eachother half on the opposite direction, hoping oncoming motorists would shift to the shoulder.

2-lane rural roads are by far the most dangerous roads to drive on, compared to 50 km/h urban roads and motorway(like) roads. Countries where this kind of roads exist usually have the worst traffic safety rates of Europe, such as Romania, Poland, Lithuania and Greece.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:43 PM   #1406
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I have drove on A1 countless times, but never saw a truck, or a bus for that matter, passing each other. I guess it depends country by country and it's drivers.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 04:59 PM   #1407
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I have drove on A1 countless times, but never saw a truck, or a bus for that matter, passing each other. I guess it depends country by country and it's drivers.
Another thing I always wonder when driving South is how cyclists and pedestrians survive on the A1..
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Old August 1st, 2012, 10:08 PM   #1408
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Another thing I always wonder when driving South is how cyclists and pedestrians survive on the A1..
There is a pedestrian paths in the populated places or other built up area's.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 11:03 PM   #1409
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A9 in Biksti.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 08:23 AM   #1410
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I have drove on A1 countless times, but never saw a truck, or a bus for that matter, passing each other. I guess it depends country by country and it's drivers.
I saw it yesterday several times from Saulkrasti to Baltezers. I would say quite dangerous road.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 11:45 PM   #1411
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A7 reconstruction. Currently earthworks, culvert constructions and pavement laying is going on. Speed limit lowered to 70-50km/h.

Just after the turn to Baloži, the pavaemt is laid and only waiting for the markings.


Culvert construction on Titurga (?)


After that, the final layer of aspahtl hasnt been laid yet.


Before Ķekava the old apshalt is still in place. This could be last picture of it. A historycal photo, if i may.


And in Ķekava, the pavement is laid, only waiting for the final layer.


Unfortunetly I didnt drive the wholce strecth.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #1412
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Many people disliked A1 road in the beginning but after some while everything goes on very smoothly. Sure, sometimes agressive "driving specialists" can be seen but they are everywhere...
Good illustration how it works on A1 (in Baltezers) in my YouTube video below (click on pic):

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Old August 4th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #1413
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But whats so dangerous there in your opinion? Still it is better than a usual 1x1 road where you have to get in the other lane to overtake.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #1414
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If you want people to be able to pass all the time, then construct a decent four-lane road. This is making a two-lane road into a de-facto four-lane road. There is a reason why you won't find such roads in countries with good traffic safety.
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Agree, but making a two-lane road is alot more expensive. It's still a two lane road and it's the driver choice to use or not to use the other half line, but take in mind that there are slower vehicles like tractors that use the half lane all the time, so everyone passing them dont have to use the other side of the road. It would be a lot mroe dangerous drive if everyone (even trucks) would have to pass the tractor. The traffic volumes there wouldn't justify build a 2+2 road there + it would be very expensive for our standarts, because we would have to build a whole new road bypassing Ādaži, Baltezers and the numerous lakes around there.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 11:14 PM   #1416
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If you want people to be able to pass all the time, then construct a decent four-lane road. This is making a two-lane road into a de-facto four-lane road. There is a reason why you won't find such roads in countries with good traffic safety.
Spanish nacionales often feature this setup with hard shoulders, but people simply don't pull to the shoulder to let others pass. So, the shoulder has its emergency lane function. It's a matter of driving culture.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #1417
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...It's still a two lane road and it's the driver choice to use or not to use the other half line...
According to the Latvian driving rules car drivers are not allowed to drive on the hard shoulders except giving way for emergency services vehicles. There are other 3 exceptions in the Rules allowing drive on shoulder.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #1418
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I remember LVC releasing a booklet about A1, it said that driver IS allowed to use the other half lane.

EDIT: Trying to find it now, no luck.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 12:00 AM   #1419
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Updated road construction map.


Three projects have started this week.
P4 (Rīga - Ērgļi) 8 - 9.5km. Stretch will be repaved. Works are being carried out by Ceļu pārvalde. Currently bus stop construction, road paving and earthworks are going on. Speed limit is lowered to 50km/h and traffic is organized with lights.
Condition prior to works:

P22 (Valka - Rūjiena) 21.5 - 28.5km. Stretch will be fully reconstructed. Works are being carried out by Limbažu ceļi. Currently preperation works, shrub trimming and earthworks going on. Traffic is organized with signs and speed limit lowered to 50km/h.
Condition prior to works:

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P40 (Alūksne - Zaiceva) 15.5 - 25km. Works are being carried out by 8 CBR. Currently eqartworks and culvert construction is going on. Traffic is organized with signs and speed limit lowered to 50km/h.
Condition prior to works:
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Old August 7th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #1420
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I remember LVC releasing a booklet about A1, it said that driver IS allowed to use the other half lane.

EDIT: Trying to find it now, no luck.
http://www.lvceli.lv/LV/PC/PageImages/Original/1205.jpg & http://www.lvceli.lv/LV/PC/PageImages/Original/1204.jpg
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