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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:34 PM   #1
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[A] Austria | road infrastructure • Autobahnen in Österreich

Can someone please post pics of austrian highways, i could not find any topic with Austrian motorways here, why is that? I want see some Austrian motorways, Tunnels and also some great mountain pictures.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 07:35 PM   #2
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This would be a good place to start with - a very cool site IMO:

http://members.a1.net/wabweb
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 08:00 PM   #3
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or who doesn't speak german - direct link to galleries: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/abbilderf.htm
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Old May 24th, 2007, 01:38 AM   #4
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Very impressive pics, very advanced motorways and tunnels, really good work the Austrians did.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 09:34 AM   #5
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I've been to Austria 2 times, both in Tirol, but i don't like the Autobahn signage. The Germans and Swiss did better work there on the signage.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #6
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Austria has quite messy signage. not as much as France, but far from clear. font and arrows are extremely archaic. motorway intersections are mostly not lightened in night. quality of the roads is solid, but you can find bad sections, esp. at A2. often there are no names and lenghts of viaducts written.
when they change those things, i'll appreciate them more. but till then - sorry
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 10:23 PM   #7
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Vienna's S1 (Außenringschnellstraße)

This might be the beginning of an "Austrian Motorways" thread. Though it might just as well not be.

S1 (Außenringschnellstraße)

The S1 is Austria's latest motorway. It was opened in April 2006 and has largely managed to attract a lot of transit traffic that earlier had to take the A23, straight through the city. It will be extended to total length of ultimately 57 km around the East/South-East of Vienna.




Length: 16.2 km
Provinces:
Lower Austria
Vienna


A journey East-West (Schwechat-Vösendorf)

Since VIE airport is located in Schwechat, this motorway has become my best option to get there from where I live.

Still on A4, coming from SE, between the airport and Vienna:


Leaving A4 (Ostautobahn, Vienna-Hungarian border) at Schwechat interchange:


Accelerating and passing below A4:


The first major road signs, showing principal cities in Austria (Linz and St.Pölten via S1-A21-A1, Eisenstadt via S1-A2-A3, Graz via S1-A2), the country indications for SLO, D and I as well as the next exit (Mannswörth-OMV) and the next one (Schwechat-Ost):


Flexible speed limiting (80??? C'mon...)


Schwechat Süd exit, interesting for plane spotters:


Entering the tunnel below the town of Rannersdorf (1880m long):


Inside the tunnel:


Daylight again:


Once more, the next exit and the one after are indicated:


Shortly before the exit, additional communities served by this exit are shown as well:


Changing lanes is restricted before tunnels:


Pretty strange that nothing tells you that Altmannsdorf is actually Vienna-West and Favoriten is actually Vienna-South. Not good for strangers...


Announcing Vösendorf interchange:


Distances to major (and minor) destinations, however Vienna ("Wien") isn't mentioned with a single word. Who outside Vienna knows where Favoriten or Altmannsdorf are?


Entering Vösendorf tunnel.


For A2 towards Vienna/A23 (Südosttangente/Altmannsdf/Favoriten) you have to leave the motorway inside of the tunnel and it's pretty hard to see the signs. The only thing that actually tells you where to go if you need to get into the city center is the white dot on the ground:


The left (!!!) lane takes you to the A2 (Südautobahn, southbound, I/SLO), the two others simply continue as the A21 (Außenringautobahn) which later merges with A1 (Westautobahn) that leaves Vienna in the central West and continues to the German border near Salzburg and on towards Munich:


A view facing North, the A2/Südautobahn that leads towards the A23 and the Wienerberg Towers in the background:


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Cool, i didn't know this road was finished already.

What are the exact differences between this S1 and an Autobahn?
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 10:57 PM   #9
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Technically, in this case, there is none.
A Schnellstraße can be built like an Autobahn but it doesn't have to. If it is, 130km/h apply, like on Autobahnen. Autobahnen, however don'talways automatically allow 130, especially not in or near cities. So, even though the S1 complies with all Austrian "Autobahn" standards, you've got a limit of 100km/h or even less.

A Schnellstraße can look like this:
S6:


S33:


like this:


or even like this:


So, shortly... there is no real rule.


PS:
I've found a good map of Vienna's motorways:
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Why didn't they gave the S1 an Autobahn number? Different types of roads which are the same just confuse people. And it's not like there is a shortage on A-numbers in Austria
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 11:34 PM   #11
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great photos! i've been onterested how S1 looks like! Wien really needs ring around city!!
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 11:58 PM   #12
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Modern expressway, with all the electronic portals. I'm surprised at how many concrete expressways/motorways there are in Austria. And I had no idea the interchange with the A2 was in tunnel, that always looked cool to me. And Vienna's skyline looks impressive from it! I wonder what the AADT is, it's quite a relief from going via A23.

Btw, that's an impressive future motorway/expressway network for Vienna! And could you tell me which expressway is depicted on the pic with a speed limit of 130 km/h? I always thought the max. on expressways was 100 km/h!



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Old July 3rd, 2007, 11:59 PM   #13
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Looks great! Nice ride.
Just one question- do you think perhaps they don't sign Wien because it's meant to go around the city and it's assumed the driver isn't trying to get into Wien but to the suburbs around it?
Just a thought.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #14
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^ My thought as well; no one would go to (the center of) Vienna via S1, if (s)he's coming from the A4 (airport/Budapest/Bratislava), so I don't think there's a need for writing it anyway.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 12:17 AM   #15
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Both of you are probably correct. It just see it from another perspective as I am living far out in the west, so for me, the S1 actually is the motorway of choice towards A4.

@Verso:
The 130km/h limit is on S33 that was upgraded to A-standard only recently. From what I can see, it's close to the town of Krems.
As I said, you can't compare each Schnellstraße to all others.
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Both of you are probably correct. It just see it from another perspective as I am living far out in the west, so for me, the S1 actually is the motorway of choice towards A4.
Ok, now I remembered that you'd said you'd missed signs for Wien-West and Wien-Süd; actually I agree with you on that.

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The 130km/h limit is on S33 that was upgraded to A-standard only recently. From what I can see, it's close to the town of Krems.
As I said, you can't compare each Schnellstraße to all others.
But did it stay S33 (Schnellstraße, so "only" its profile became Autobahn-like, or it's now also officially an Autobahn)?
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Modern expressway, with all the electronic portals. I'm surprised at how many concrete expressways/motorways there are in Austria. And I had no idea the interchange with the A2 was in tunnel, that always looked cool to me. And Vienna's skyline looks impressive from it! I wonder what the AADT is, it's quite a relief from going via A23.

Btw, that's an impressive future motorway/expressway network for Vienna! And could you tell me which expressway is depicted on the pic with a speed limit of 130 km/h? I always thought the max. on expressways was 100 km/h!
I really get annoyed when driving on austrian motorways with the american concrete crashbarriers, they would look so much better without concrete.
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Looks good. I know the 80km/ph limit sucks we got that to.
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I really get annoyed when driving on austrian motorways with the american concrete crashbarriers, they would look so much better without concrete.
we know..
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Old July 4th, 2007, 01:34 AM   #20
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But did it stay S33?
It did.
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