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I also want to say: Congratulations to Serbia! And now I also want to congratulate North Macedonia and Greece. for the first time, Greece is connected by motorway with Central Europe and Northern Europe :happy:
Now it is up to Greeks to modernize their section, as there is 30km in half profile.
 

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Now it is up to Greeks to modernize their section, as there is 30km in half profile.
If you have ever been there, you must have had a nice ride.....a bumpy one (section with 70s standards and one of the first expressways built in the country, constructed by the 7 year junta that ruled back then). Studies, as well as space for another carriageway have already been made but nobody knows when (and if) the road will turn into a full profile motorway....not only these 30 km but the rest of the road from Polykastro to Evzonoi (the border), which is in a very bad condition (bad asphalt & signature and so on)
 

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Opening of Grdelica ceremony. Photos from Macedonian PM Zaev attending ceremony.





 

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Now it is up to Greeks to modernize their section, as there is 30km in half profile.
If you have ever been there, you must have had a nice ride.....a bumpy one (section with 70s standards and one of the first expressways built in the country, constructed by the 7 year junta that ruled back then). Studies, as well as space for another carriageway have already been made but nobody knows when (and if) the road will turn into a full profile motorway....not only these 30 km but the rest of the road from Polykastro to Evzonoi (the border), which is in a very bad condition (bad asphalt & signature and so on)
This is interesting!

In the former Yugoslavia, it was invested under Tito's time on a road called the Brotherhood and Unity Highway. This was not the motorway in the way we today think that one should be, but it was a road that would have a high standard.

The road started at Rateče in northern Slovenia and went via Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade, Skopje and to Gevgelija at the border with Greece. Thus through Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia (North Macedonia).

The project began in the late 1940s and ended in 1965. Then the then Yugoslavia had a pretty good way through the country which could also lead to the rest of Europe.

Later, the Brotherhood and Unity Highway was changed to the motorway. Some parts were rebuilt the road to the motorway, and other parts were built a new motorway that replaced the road. In the last case, the road has been replaced by the motorway.

The part between Rateče and Jesenice has been replaced by Karawanks Tunnel.

Change to motorway was already in operation in the early 1970s and now in 2019 the very last part has been replaced by a very modern motorway.

The Greek part is therefore interesting. The motorway from Axios near Thessaloniki to the border was opened in 1973. But only between the border and Polykastro is the full motorway, while between Polykastro and Axios are half profile motorway, or expressway. But the part between Polykastro and Axios is built to be completed to full profile motorway without major problems.

This part of Greece was a fairly large investment in 1973. It was modern and was equipped with SOX lights of typical motorway character. Then this was like Greece's great link to the rest of Europe.

Today the road looks like a "ghost motorway" Here and there, there are toll plazas that have been abandoned for many years, but they remain in miserable condition as ruins. The old SOX lights from 1973 remain on the motorway, even these are in poor condition today.

So it is time for the Greeks to modernize this road. But unfortunately it seems to take time before this happens. If they even have plans to modernize this?

So the one who goes from Austria to Greece notes that the Greek road is the worst part after traveling on modern motorways in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Northern Macedonia.

But the Greek motorway between the border and Axios is interesting to drive on anyway :)
 

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Today the road looks like a "ghost motorway" Here and there, there are toll plazas that have been abandoned for many years, but they remain in miserable condition as ruins. The old SOX lights from 1973 remain on the motorway, even these are in poor condition today.
I drove from Belgrade to Thessaloniki last May, leaving Belgrade late afternoon and turning up at the (N)MK-Greece border at sunset. Upon entering Greece, it felt like entering the Twilight Zone. Most if not all of the lights didn't work, they hadn't properly painted over some of the temporary lane markings. It was CHAOS and dangerous even. That stretch of road to Thessaloniki is absolutely shocking! Reminds a bit of entering East Germany from West Germany in 1988 at the Helmstedt border, minus the guard posts and machine guns.

Shame on the Greeks, it's a metaphor for the precipitous decline of that country.
 

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This is off topic, but Greece insists on connecting with Bulgaria as the future (schengen) corridor is financed there at Promachonas so the road Thessaloniki-Bulgarian border is very modernized. They dont see corridor 10 as what SRB&NMK see it.
 
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Yes, that is true.
Highway to greece-bulgarian border through Greece is new.
For Serbia it is not such problem when is finshed east section Nish-bulgarian border this summer, because that is again shortest route to western and north europe from bulgaria(turkey, near and middle east) and greece.
But for North Macedonia it is problem because new bulgarian highway, when they finish, from Sofia to bulgarian-macedonia border is paralel with highway through North Macedonia.
 

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The route from Blagoevgrad to Sandanski wont be finished in next 5 years but if Bulgaria became part of Scengen zone I think all trucks will use this way on to Greece. Serbia wont be affected much by this anyway
 
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