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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:17 PM   #1321
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Arad, RO - Prague, CZ roadtrip pictures:

New section of M43 near Szeged, HU:







There were some roadworks at the bridge over main road 5, so the traffic was diverted:







Back on M43, taking right on M5, direction Budapest:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #1322
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M5 motorway:



Roadworks



Roadside rest area entrance. The signs warns you that there might be thieves:



Aproaching Budapest:



An accident on M5:







Entering Budapest:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:29 PM   #1323
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Taking the exit to M0 - south:


this pictures was made while the car was stopped because of the congestion

M0 - as seen from the bridge over M5:



More roadworks:



M0 was pretty busy:



A train running paralel to M0:



3 lane M0 (to bad that one was closed):





M0 expansion works:











Approaching M1:



Taking the exit towards M1 - Gyor:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #1324
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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #1325
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M1 motorway, direction Bratislava:









Even more roadworks:



Running the wrong way on a motorway



Ecoduct:



Taking the M15 exist towards Bratislava:


I hope you like the sky. My girlfriend took this picture

Approaching the Slovak border crossing:



Old Hungarian check-point:



Welcome to Slovakia:



Old Slovak check-point:



Slovak speed limits:



Approaching Bratislava:



D4 motorway overpass:



Entering 1415 m long Sitina Tunnel:



This was the first time I drove in a tunnel



Leaving Bratislava:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:06 PM   #1326
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Heading towards Brno on D2:



More roadworks...



Entering Czech Republic:



Random police check. I wasn't stopped.



Czech speed limits:



Still on D2 (this time the Czech D2):



Approaching Brno:



Taking the exit to D1 - Prague:



D2 motorway entering Brno, seen from the D1 overpass:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:12 PM   #1327
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D1 in Brno, direction Prague:





Nice licence plate plate:















Approaching Prague:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #1328
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Prague bypass wasn't opened yet:


Trucks were stopped.



Interesting motorway overpass:



Finally, Prague:





Prague train station:

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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:25 PM   #1329
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Nice report! Thanks for posting. I noticed the quality of both Slovak D2 and Czech D1 isn't very good. Unfortunately, I've driven only the first 15 - 20 km of D1 outside of Praha. (guess where to...)
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:30 PM   #1330
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Slovak was still quite fine, but the Czech D1 was pretty bad, especially at the return trip. There were some motorway stretches on which everyone was driving on the passing lane because the first lane was to bad.

Where did you go on D1?
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #1331
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Nice pics!

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3 lane M0 (to bad that one was closed):

Imo it isn't that bad, it could be even worse if it would be opened because during rush hour the ending of the 3rd lane and the re-merging would cause more congestion.
At least the speedlimit is 100km/h here.

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Btw this situation can't happen any more (truck is overtaking) because of truck's total overtaking ban between 6.00AM and 22.00PM on all motorways and expressways.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:00 AM   #1332
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Chris did you drink some beer?
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:44 AM   #1333
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Great pictures and video.

To comment on the D1 in CZ. Yes, it is not great ride and it needs totall reconstruction, the only worse motorway surface that I drove is on A18 in Poland in the first 70 km (only the direction from the German border) other side is superb. On the other side, it is not heavily congest even if some czechs would argue that it is, my experience tells me that there could be even more traffic and the road would still do.

Wouldnt it be stupid to reconstruct it only to do the widening 10 years later? So if reconstruction, than with widening, and according to me that can wait some years still. I would first build R35...
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:30 AM   #1334
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Great pictures and video.

To comment on the D1 in CZ. Yes, it is not great ride and it needs totall reconstruction, the only worse motorway surface that I drove is on A18 in Poland in the first 70 km (only the direction from the German border) other side is superb. On the other side, it is not heavily congest even if some czechs would argue that it is, my experience tells me that there could be even more traffic and the road would still do.

Wouldnt it be stupid to reconstruct it only to do the widening 10 years later? So if reconstruction, than with widening, and according to me that can wait some years still. I would first build R35...
The main problem on D1 were the dilatation spaces between the concrete blocks that were making some noise in the car when passing over them. It wasn't that bad going towards Prague, but as I mentioned above, at the return trip for few km everyone was driving in the passing lane because of the road surface. That section should be reconstructed now, but the other ones could wait a for some time.

Regarding the congestion, there was traffic but I don't think that D1 needs to be widened to 3 lanes right now. Maybe only few more km from Prague. On the uphill sections the hard shoulder became a slow lane for trucks, so there weren't problems.

More pics comming today from a trip across the Czech Republic.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 10:08 AM   #1335
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Great trip report bogdymol, can't wait for your next pics

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That's the village where the Karašovani Croats live? Shouldn't the signs be bilingual?
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According to the 2002 census in Romania, the population of Caraşova municipality comprises 84.60% Croats, 4.96% others (presumably declared Krashovani), 4.47% Roma, 4.41% Romanians, etc. [1]

http://www.edrc.ro/recensamant.jsp?r...litate_id=1930

Most of the ethnic Krashovani declared themselves as Croats in this census, although in the past they mostly were declaring themselves as Krashovani.

The commune is officially bilingual, with both Romanian and Croatian being used as working languages on public signage and in administration, education and justice.

This map is also interesting:
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #1336
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I realised that I want to post many pictures from my trip, not only from the road, but also from the places I visited, so I made a new topic in the Romanian Travelogue sub-forum. I will publish the next parts of my trip there, so if you want to take a look just click here.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #1337
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thanks for great photos bogdymol. entering Prague is amazing.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #1338
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What do you think about quality of Hungarian motorways?
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:05 PM   #1339
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What do you think about quality of Hungarian motorways?
I'm very familiary with Hungarian motorways because I drove a lot on them. The asphalt is close quite perfect on most of the stretches.
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What do you think about quality of Hungarian motorways?
I can also answer regarding M5 and M1. Very good quality! Bravo!
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