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View Poll Results: Which is the busiest Freeway
401-Toronto 170 57.43%
Santa Monica Freeway-LA 96 32.43%
Southwest Freeway-Houston 14 4.73%
I-85-Atlanta 16 5.41%
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Old May 9th, 2006, 07:54 PM   #161
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What is a freeway? We don't use that term in the UK.
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Old May 9th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #162
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It's a Motorway, but the term freeway is more common in certain parts of the world. There are a lot of names for a road who looks the same, for example expressway, freeway, motorway, highway etc.
Autobahn, Autoroute, Autopista, Autostrada, Motorvej and Autosnelweg are common names in Europe.
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Old May 9th, 2006, 08:24 PM   #163
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Quote:
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Some useful links:

Busiest roads in the world: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/wf.htm

in Europe: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/euf.htm
hmm, 1999 was 7 years ago... i think figure for MKAD should double or triple now... plus TTK freeway was completed in 2003. It's more busier than MKAD, but 3 times shorter. definitely should be now in list.
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Old May 9th, 2006, 09:01 PM   #164
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Quote:
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Some useful links:

Busiest roads in the world: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/wf.htm

in Europe: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/euf.htm
Here's a 2004 Update on LA's busiest
[email protected] Street-Santa Ana.........406,000
[email protected] Beach.....................390,000
[email protected] Av-Diamond Bar........348,000
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[email protected] Oak Av-Encino........317,000
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[email protected] Av-Anaheim.........327,000
[email protected] Av-Placentia..320,000
[email protected] Av-Pasadena............310,000
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Old May 10th, 2006, 12:14 AM   #165
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Satistique for Paris are too old

Peripherique 1986
In 2005
Near Porte de Bagnolet more 270 000 vehicule per day.

A13 1993
A1 1992
A4 1993

And N13 160 000 car per day in 2005.

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Old May 10th, 2006, 12:30 PM   #166
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Satistique for Paris are too old
Yeah but traffic on the parisian inner ring is gradually declining.
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Old May 10th, 2006, 01:23 PM   #167
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If the A86 Périphérique d'Ile de France will be completed in several years (including tunnels), the traffic on the BP will decline for sure. Paris need an complete A104 outer ring too, for transit traffic.
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Old May 10th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #168
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aswnl
Some useful links:

Busiest roads in the world: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/wf.htm

in Europe: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/euf.htm
I'm afraid your links are not very reliable. In particular, the European list forgot the A4 autoroute at the level of Saint-Maurice in the eastern suburbs of Paris: 257,000 vehicles a day in 2002 (source). The list also forgot those sections of the Paris Périphérique which see traffic in the 270,000-300,000 range. Oddly, the list gives traffic on the M25 in London higher than the more reliable BBC source I quoted in the beginning of the thread. So all in all I think your lists needs to be taken with a big grain of salt.
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Old May 10th, 2006, 02:13 PM   #169
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hmm, 1999 was 7 years ago... i think figure for MKAD should double or triple now... plus TTK freeway was completed in 2003. It's more busier than MKAD, but 3 times shorter. definitely should be now in list.
What is the TTK freeway? Too bad that there are not figures of the MKAD. I think it's Europe's busiest, but the M30 in Madrid handles traffic numbers above 300.000 too.
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Old May 10th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #170
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3-е транспортное кольцо. 3rd transport ring.
http://maps.google.com/?q=moscow&t=h&om=1
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Old May 10th, 2006, 09:23 PM   #171
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If the A86 Périphérique d'Ile de France will be completed in several years (including tunnels), the traffic on the BP will decline for sure. Paris need an complete A104 outer ring too, for transit traffic.

The traffic decline only in Paris center but in Ile de france the Traffic grow.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 04:04 PM   #172
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The M8 over the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow handles 176'000 vehicles a day - but interestingly that figure is taken from the southern approach which is six lanes, the bridge itself is ten lanes. Despite being very busy the bridge isnt even full access. When the M74 is finished and feeds onto the M8 its projected the busiest stretch will handle 255'000 vehicles a day. Glasgow has very low car ownership and thus traffic figures are rising more quickly than the rest of the UK as Glasgow catches up. Traffic levels in the city are projected to rise 40% by 2021.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 04:29 PM   #173
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The French "autoroute du Soleil A6/A7" is notorious for huge traffic jams from Lyon to Perpignan.
To complete:
A6: Autoroute du Soleil, from Paris to Lyon, 466km.
A7: Autoroute du Soleil, from Lyon to Marseilles, 316km.
A8: La Provençale, from Salon de Provence to Italian border (Nice-Menton), 228km.
A9: La Languedocienne-La Catalane, from Orange to Spanish border (Perpignan-Le Perthus), 277km

In terms of traffic jam, the worst section is Valence-Sud/Montelimar-Nord (75,000 cars/day).



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The longest traffic jam ever was between Paris and Reims, over 180kms of traffic jam.
???????? Where did you find this ?

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Old May 16th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #174
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i can't tell you exactly, i read this a year ago on a website. It was during a summer vacation season.

It is recommended not to drive on a saturday in France during the summer season. Especially on the A1, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10, A31, A41, A42, A43, A46, A47 etc.
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Old May 18th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #175
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it´s said that M-30 madrid road is one of the busiest in europe. also A-3(madrid-valencia) is colapsed o weekends. it´s 350km and sometimes you need 10 hours.... usually 1 agoust when everybody leave madrid
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Old May 18th, 2006, 07:23 PM   #176
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Koelner Ring: (Cologne)

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Old May 18th, 2006, 09:42 PM   #177
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http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/euf.htm This list is terribly inaccurate. For example:

UK
Glasgow
M8
J19-J20 Glasgow - Kinston Bridge
139.000
2001
2x3


The Kingston Bridge has just been re-strengthened, as it is now carrying in excess of 200,000 vehicles a day (10 times the amount of traffic it was designed for), making it the busiest river crossing in Europe. It is 2x5 lanes wide, not 2x3 as the list wrongly states.

The M8 is 12 lanes wide for a good stretch on the south-side of the city, and is about to be joined to the M74. This will in turn make it the busiest motorway/highway section in the UK.
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Old May 18th, 2006, 09:53 PM   #178
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The van Brienenoordbridge on the A16 near Rotterdam across the Maas river, is much busier with over 250.000 vehicles/day on 4 lanes (2+2+2+2).
The A10 Coen Tunnel near Amsterdam carries the same amount of vehicles. (2x3) There are enormous capacity problems here.

Other busy river crossings:

Germany:
A7 Elbe Tunnel
A1 Rhinebridge Köln
A5 Mainbridge Frankfurt am Main

France:
A7 Rhone crossing Lyon
BP Seine river crossing (2 times)
A4/A86 near Paris across the Seine

Belgium:
R1 near Antwerp across the Schelde (Escaut in French) river
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Other busy river crossings:

France:
A7 Rhone crossing Lyon
BP Seine river crossing (2 times)
A4/A86 near Paris across the Seine

A6 crossing Saone river in Lyon (2x3 lanes):




A7 crossing Saone river in Lyon (pont de la Mulatiere, 2x3 lanes):




A7 also crosses Rhone river near Lyon (5km after)...


BP crossing Seine river (pont Aval, 2x4 lanes):



A4/A86 crossing Seine river near Paris:



A13 crossing Seine river in St Cloud (near Paris, 2x3 lanes):



A86 crossing Seine river in St Ouen (near Paris, 2x4lanes):



A15 crossing Seine in Gennevilliers (near Paris, 2x4lanes):



A14 crossing Seine in Carrieres (near Paris, 2x3 lanes):



A14 crossing Seine in Le Vesinet (near Paris, 2x3lanes):

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Old June 6th, 2006, 08:46 PM   #180
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Of the four highways mentioned, I don't know which is the busiest. But if the question is changed to "what freeway has the greatest relative congestion", that is, what freeway has the greatest volume relative to its number of lane-kilometres, I would expect that it's probably the Trans Canada Highway 1 in the vacinity of Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey in Greater Vancouver, including the Port Mann bridge.

That's because the highway in this area is so small. There is intense, well-financed political opposition from various powerful, well-connected real estate interests, cleverly camouflaged as environmental or transit advocacy groups, to increasing the capacity of the highway or the bridge.

I will try to get some traffic counts for the Port Mann bridge, originally a four lane structure that was widened to five lanes (3 east bound, of which one is HOV, and 2 west bound) about six years ago. The BC highway system is so primitive that trying to get general traffic counts along sections of road way other than a few key bridges would probably require a full Access to Information request, and even then it's questionable if they have any data to produce.
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