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|Mgr. Nina Ledvinová|
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Heavy, persistent snowfall earlier this week has, for the first time this year, challenged the readiness of road maintenance virtually throughout the country. On 28 and 29 November, the gritting vehicles covered, during plowing, salting and monitoring runs, a distance of more than 113,000 kilometres on motorways, expressways and main roads. The total length of about 1,100 kilometres of motorways and speedways and 5,900 kilometres of main roads show that in average, the maintenance vehicles ran through each of the selected communications 16 times.
More and more people tend to rely increasingly more on the variable information boards located along the motorway and expressway networks when travelling. An increase in their numbers has been supported by their ever higher efficiency and now three years of practical experience. The existing 48 boards will be doubled at the end of 2010. Besides motorway boards, the other most frequent sources of traffic information include radio stations, television, mobile telephones, and GPS navigation. This is the outcome of a survey conducted by the Road and Motorway Directorate and concerning the Uniform Traffic Information System (JSDI).
The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic is officially opening a new information centre for the R35 motorway in the centre of Pardubice on 19 February 2010. A priority component of the Czech motorway network, the project will, once completed, function as an alternative for the D1 highway when travelling from the eastern part of the country to the west. The information centre will be officially open for the general public from Monday 1 March 2010.
The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (ŘSD) is launching the key part of the construction of the crossroads between the Prague Ring and the D1 motorway. A part of the busiest section of the motorway will be replaced by a bridging above the future route of the new ring road which will lead beneath the D1. The construction of new bridges on the D1 motorway will be completed next year, when the southern section of the Prague Ring is scheduled to be opened.
Starting today at various public locations and online at www.dalniceza20let.cz, the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate will be exhibiting a series of photographs capturing the state of Czech motorways between 1989 and 2009. The opening ceremony will take place at the Ministry of Transport, after which the exhibit will travel to various shopping centers with the aim of showing just how much the country’s motorway network has changed over the past twenty years.
The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (ŘSD) is preparing a project unique in our country. On Saturday, 3 October 2009, a fire test will be carried out in the Panenská tunnel, located on the D8 motorway in the direction from Ústí nad Labem towards the border with Germany. All units of the Integrated Rescue System will participate in the test, which will also include tactical training. The project should serve to prevent events similar to those that have occurred in tunnels in the Alps.
The rest and service areas along Czech motorways are of European standard - drivers have available fully equipped and sufficiently comfortable facilities at which they can make use of the services of renowned and internationally operating fuel filling station networks. In addition, the number of the stations is much higher compared to other European Union countries.
This year, the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (RSD) is outlaying the total sum of CZK 181,500, 000 on implementing a programme of road-surface marking on motorways, high-speed roads and class 1 roads, which is a significantly higher volume than in previous years. This will suffice for approximately 2,200 kilometres of roads in all regions. According to the statistics, high-quality and visible road-surface markings can improve traffic safety by up to 30 per cent.
"We have settled the matter of some backlogs of the toll system detected upon its hand-over and subsequently during its trial operation. With regard to the conclusions and recommendations of the expert institute invited, the penalisation of the general contractor, the Kapsch consortium, amounts to CZK 121 million. At the same time, we have managed to agree upon a discount on the work's final price amounting to a further CZK 50 million. Both figures only relate to the 1st phase of the construction of the toll system in the Czech Republic," says Martina Vápeníková, spokesperson of the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (RSD), the operator of the toll system.
The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (RSD) has opened another in a series of information centres aimed at providing more comprehensive information about transport infrastructure projects in the Czech Republic. The latest information centre is located in the municipality of Záhlinice, near Hulín, in the Zlín Region. Visitors will primarily be provided with information pertaining to the construction of the R49 and R55 high-speed roads.
For the 2008/2009 winter season, the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate had to free up hundreds of millions of crowns more than during the previous winter. This year, maintenance of motorways and high-speed roads cost 111 million more crowns than last year. Expenditures for ensuring the safe and quality flow of traffic on class I roads were higher by 350 million crowns. These data come from the directorate's most recent statistics, with which the organization officially concludes this year's winter season.
Of the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate's 1,938 trees, a total of 1,862 are slated to be felled because of the tree's state of health (dead or sick), and a mere 76 because they endanger the flow of traffic in a manner that cannot be resolved through technical means.
The statistics of the Czech Police Presidium have recorded a significant decrease in the number of accidents on Czech motorways in 2008, with 340 fewer accidents in 2008 (a total of 5445 accidents) than in 2007 (a total of 5785 accidents).
Road infrastructure in the Czech Republic is one of the most significant fields to make effective use of EU funding. Total allocations from the Operational Programme "Transport" in the 2007-2013 budget period for projects by the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate amount to more than 70 billion crowns. The second half of 2008 was especially important: During this period, the Ministry of Transport approved an additional 15 projects involving EU funding.
The Czech road infrastructure is one of the most significant areas when it comes to effective drawing of finance from European Union funds. The total amount allocated from the Operational Programme Transport for the budget period 2007 – 2013 for the Road and Motorway Directorate’s projects is more than 70 billion Czech crowns. Particularly relevant was the second half of 2008, when the Ministry of Transport gradually issued approval protocols for support of another 15 projects co-financed from EU funds.