Slovenian roads during the summer

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:52:08 AM

Increased traffic in July and August is normal for most European countries, especially those in which tourism represents one of the most important activities. Slovenia is also one of them; therefore, increased traffic and congestions are expected almost every weekend.

Congestions are most frequent at the following sections:

From Austria towards Croatia
- on A4 Maribor – Ptuj, at the end of motorway at Ptuj,
- on A2 Karavanke – Ljubljana, narrowing at section Radovljica – Kranj, critical in both directions.

On Roads in the south and from Italy towards Croatia
- on main road No. 11 Koper – Smarje – Dragonja,
- on main road No. 111 Koper – Izola – Portoroz,
- on main road No. 6  Postojna – Ilirska Bistrica – Jelsane,
- on main road No. 7 Kozina – Starod. 

On bordercrossings with Croatia:
Secovlje (on Portoroz – Secovlje), Dragonja (on Koper – Dragonja), Starod (on Kozina – Starod), Jelsane (on Ilirska Bistrica – Jelsane), Obrezje (on motorway Novo mesto – Obrezje) in Gruskovje (on Ptuj – Gruškovje).

On A1 Ljubljana – Koper on section Divaca – Kozina one half of motorway will be closed until the end of July 2010. In case of congestion we recommend diversion via Fernetici/Fernetti (Italy) – Trst/Trieste – Koper/Cappodistria.

Works on the last section of motorway A2 Ljubljana – Novo mesto at Trebnje are about to end and the section will be opened before July 2010

Traffic Restrictions
Traffic restrictions on Slovenian roads for heavy vehicles are extended during the Summer (more).

Recommendations for drivers
In order to avoid congestions, drivers are recommended to travel in the evening, during the night and in early morning hours, when there are considerably less congestion. Weekends are the most burdened, namely Fridays after 2 pm, Saturdays between 9 am and 6 pm, and Sundays between 10 am and 2 pm and between 4 pm and 9 pm.

There is also a recommendation applicable to traffic signalisation. On motorways, current news is published on light portals above the motorway. As a rule, they feature announcements related to accidents and lengths of congestions. If such message is published, drivers are recommended to exit the motorway at the first possible exit prior to the stated section and return to the motorway at the following one.  It is true though that in case of outstanding events, traffic on parallel main and regional roads is also slower, so please observe the recommendation that when congestion is less than 3 kilometres long, it is not worth using the parallel road, since bypasses are typically longer and traffic is frequently more increased as well.  In case of narrowing or redirection of traffic from two to one traffic lane, the anticipated waiting period is 5 to 10 minutes per travelled kilometre.

A driver is recommended to plan the itinerary by getting informed of the road situation at and telephone number +386 1 518 8 518. When the driver is in the vehicle, the use of RDS radio system is recommended: at the frequencies of Val 202 radio (24 hours per day, but they mostly do not interrupt daily information emissions or talk shows) and Radio Sl (between 7 am and 8 pm every 15 minutes).

Traffic-information centre for public roads

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