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Old November 24th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #21
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Is this really a motorway? With motorway signs? I think it just looks like a dual carrigeway but to basic to be a motorway.
Yes, they have signs but not at every junction. Most of Syrian motorways look like expressways or dual carriageways and have lots of uncontrolled access, some u-turns, tractors running on motorway at the wrong direction and so on.
In Jordan same kind of "motorways" were signed as motorways many years ago but not anymore. Syrians will probably collect the old motorway signs from these roads at some day also but until this day these are still motorways for Syrians
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Old November 24th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #22
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Junction with motorway
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Ansariya Mountains at the background
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Crossing the motorway once again
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After Jisr Ash Shughur road starts to go through Ansariya Mountains
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Old November 24th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #23
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Motorway ready for opening at the left. Seems that road until the exit to Bdama is actually finished but not opened.
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Motorway under construction at the left. Bridge of railway from Aleppo to Latakia.
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It's still at least 60 km to Latakia but it started to rain so I couldn't make any more pictures. I hope to cover the last part to Latakia next year. Or maybe they have even opened some parts of the new motorway then.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 05:47 PM   #24
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Yes, they have signs but not at every junction. Most of Syrian motorways look like expressways or dual carriageways and have lots of uncontrolled access, some u-turns, tractors running on motorway at the wrong direction and so on.
In Jordan same kind of "motorways" were signed as motorways many years ago but not anymore. Syrians will probably collect the old motorway signs from these roads at some day also but until this day these are still motorways for Syrians
Interesting! I think no country in Europe should sign that road with motorway signs. It's to bad for that. There are similar roads in some European countries but they are never signed as motorways.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #25
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Very interesting and great photos, vatse! Keep up the good work and please post some more.

The roads look perfectly good to me and I've seen worse in Europe. And who gives a flying **** if they match up to the "high standards" of almighty Europe.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 09:53 PM   #26
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Interesting! I think no country in Europe should sign that road with motorway signs. It's to bad for that. There are similar roads in some European countries but they are never signed as motorways.
I remember from childhood that divided highways in Latvia were signposted like motorways during Soviet time. Especially the road from Riga to the east. And it was with many u-turns, uncontrolled access and even a big railroad crossing. Similar roads in Estonia were never signposted like motorways. It seems to be a similar situation in Syria. They have just signed bigger divided highways with motorway signs. I'm not sure if they even have official standards for motorways in Syria The only exception is new motorway under construction between Aleppo and Latakia which seems to have built according to proper standards. Not sure are these Syrian or Egyptian as the road is built by Egyptian company.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 10:07 PM   #27
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M51 between Latakia and Tartous

It's a motorway all the way and it's continuing from Tartous to Homs to connect with main north-south road in Syria.

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One of the rear signs with Syrian road number. It's signed as road 1 but on many maps you can see that road 1 is actually ordinary highway parallel to motorway.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 12:46 PM   #28
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Very very interesting, thanks! Not too bad roads for a country with few ressources.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #29
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Yes, considering Syria is considerably less wealthy than most other Middle Eastern nations, their road network is pretty extensive, quantity-wise. It could do with some safety improvements though, especially when driving at night I guess.
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a map old but useful
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Only useful for people who can read Arabic
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but it's useful to get a general idea of the system
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Halab (Allepo) -Lazeqia (Lattakia) Freeway (Otustrad)




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Old November 18th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #35
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Crossing the motorway once again
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Is that car/van driving on wrong side of the road? Cause it seems so.

Syria got beautiful road view, with these trees along the road and mountains/desert/nature.
BTW, how many people dies in car accident in Syria??
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Is that car/van driving on wrong side of the road? Cause it seems so.

Syria got beautiful road view, with these trees along the road and mountains/desert/nature.
BTW, how many people dies in car accident in Syria??
This was from the time that the motorway was still not complete. And yes the nature is mediteranean and brilliant.
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My vision of Freeways in Syria and neighbouring countries
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Old December 14th, 2012, 12:47 AM   #38
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Also on google maps, I saw sattelite images of an outer ring motorway on southwest Homs passing from southwest of the lake there... any news from that?
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Well there's a war going on there, so I think building roads is not currently the highest priority of the country.
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Well there's a war going on there, so I think building roads is not currently the highest priority of the country.
Technically it should be. Areas like Homs and Daraa that the army takes back need reconstruction. And New alternatives must be created so that if a road is captured, other roads can be used.
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