Yes. You can see like the very first images, that's how we unfortunately do express roads. And when someone says express road they mean those types of express roads.Are all of the express roads currently under construction 1x2 roads? I'm particularly interested in the section Rankovce - Kriva palanka?
Rankovce - Kriva Palanka will be made similar to Štip - Kočani and Štip - Radoviš, with smooth curves, highway - like interchanges, and all the other similar stuff.
The advantage of such roads is that you can just build a parallel one next to the existing road, and boom you get a motorway.
As i have explained before, we have a so called motorway from Tetovo to Gostivar that actually is an express road with 2+2 lanes, but then again, we have a saying here that if a 2+2 road gets build, then why not add additional asphalt and you get a motorway. That's probably one of the reasons why it's different here and why 2+2 roads even by law are designated as motorways and are even tolled.
So maybe in the future if the government changes, then they could change that and start calling those 2+2 roads as express roads, but that will mean that all the existing express roads will have to be upgraded to a motorway.
I don't think anyone will bother making such a change, because it's going to cause more chaos.
The solution is that we upgrade all existing 2+2 roads to full motorway standards.
And that is exactly what they will do with the express road from Tetovo to Gostivar. That's exactly what they are doing when upgrading A1, because some parts of our motorways are 2 lanes without hard shoulders too.
A1 at Gevgelija was expanded to a full motorway when the remaining part of A1 was finished from Smokvica to Demir Kapija.
Before that the right side of the motorway had a 2 lane formation with a hard shoulder, but the left side didn't have a hard shoulder, and then it was the opposite and so on.
The only section there that is still 2+2 is only the bridge over vardar river.
Then the section of A1 from Katlanovo towards Petrovec is also 2 lanes and they are expanding it now. The other side is a 2 lanes with hard shoulder.
The section from Katlanovo to Veles is not even a motorway, but that is another thing that i have discussed before.
And then you have the motorway that connects to the Skopje Airport, which is just a 2+2 formation. That motorway is mainly used by transit traffic and traffic going to and from the airport.
And then you have the sections from and to Kumanovo. Some of which have been expanded, but some are still 2 lanes without hard shoulders.
When these sections get finished, upgraded and expanded then we can have a more safe and proper motorway network, and we will only have the 1x2 with smaller hard shoulder express roads, and build / use them untill the traffic doesn't rise. When the traffic rises on a given express road, then they will have to consider upgrading those sections to fill motorways, which should be easier.
But let's not forget that my country is a small country. On certain places there's not a lot of traffic, but on some there is.
We will either connect a city with a motorway or express road connection. Plus, for most of the cases it will just be pointless to just use a 2+2 connection with hard shoulders, because as i have said why build 2+2 when you can add a bit of asphalt and turn it into a full motorway.
I must say tho yeah, we should've had most of the express roads built as motorways instead.
But this way it's also not bad because we can measure if the traffic levels are really demanding for an express road to be built.
Plus, even though by law it's forbidden people step on the hard shoulders on express roads, they move a bit to the right so they can free up some space for the other drivers overtaking. Even the police doesn't care and allows drivers to actually do that.
This makes driving and overtaking much safer, yeah but then again the chances are higher of rear - ending some parked vehicle on the hard shoulder, but we don't have that many vehicles that stop at hard shoulders so that shouldn't be a huge deal.