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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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The First motorway of your country?

Which one was the first motorway of your country and when was it constructed?

In Finland, the first expressway was the Kulosaari bridge (constructed 1950-1957) and the first real motorway a 15 Kms section of the Turku motorway near Helsinki (1956-1962).
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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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Netherlands:

A12 Voorburg - Zoetermeer: 15 April 1937.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 02:18 PM   #3
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Italy: A8-A9-A8/26 Milano-Varese/Como/Sesto Calende in 1924 (around 100 km, one main trunk with two branches (a total of three terminus)

Switzerland: A1 Lausanne-Genčve around 1967 (around 60 km)
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Old October 21st, 2010, 02:26 PM   #4
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Romania: Bucharest-Pitesti motorway,aprox 100km, finished in 1973.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 03:27 PM   #5
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Sweden: E22 Malmö - Lund, 1953

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Old October 21st, 2010, 03:36 PM   #6
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Germany:
A115 Berlin (as motor racing circuit): 24 September 1921
A555 Cologne - Bonn (more an expressway): 6 August 1932
A5 Frankfurt - Darmstadt (first 'real' motorway): 19 May 1935
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Old October 21st, 2010, 03:56 PM   #7
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Italy: A8-A9-A8/26 Milano-Varese/Como/Sesto Calende in 1924 (around 100 km, one main trunk with two branches (a total of three terminus)
wow that was soon!
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Old October 21st, 2010, 04:00 PM   #8
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Most of motorways opened in these years were not as we know today. But this one in particular is a new fast road built expressly for motor vehicles, it is not an older road built for horse carts and adapted later. There were not grade separated interchanegs, for example, but it was straight, designed for speed.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 04:25 PM   #9
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Netherlands:

A12 Voorburg - Zoetermeer: 15 April 1937.
Really, what was the point of that
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Old October 21st, 2010, 04:27 PM   #10
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It would have been one of the 400 series motorways in the Canadian province of Ontario I believe.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 04:55 PM   #11
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Most of motorways opened in these years were not as we know today. But this one in particular is a new fast road built expressly for motor vehicles, it is not an older road built for horse carts and adapted later. There were not grade separated interchanges, for example, but it was straight, designed for speed.
Actually, the Milan-Lakes autostrade did have comprehensive grade separation; no intersecting roads crossed them on the level. However, the bifurcations (where the spurs met the trunk route) were on the level, and the entry and exit points were reached by simple turns (including left turns across the centerline) rather than by ramps allowing gradual change in speed.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 06:39 PM   #12
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UK: Preston Bypass (M6)
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Old October 21st, 2010, 07:36 PM   #13
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Croatia: A1, Zagreb-Karlovac, 37 km, 1972.; A6, Orehovica-Kikovica, 12 km, 1972, today designated as expressway (brza cesta).
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Old October 21st, 2010, 07:44 PM   #14
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Slovakia: D2 Malacky - Bratislava 30 km, opened in 1973
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Spain: A-2 (then called N-II) Madrid-airport-Torrejón military base (1956)
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Australia: First section of South-Eastern Freeway, Melbourne, 1961.
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Really, what was the point of that
The beginning of something beautiful

In 1939, the Dutch motorway network consisted of three motorway sections; A12 Den Haag - Utrecht, A4-A44 Amsterdam - Sassenheim and A13 near Delft. There was another ~150 - 200 kilometers of single carriageway "rijkswegen" at that time, which were incorporated in the motorway system in the 1950's and 1960's.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 08:19 PM   #18
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UK: Preston-by-Pass (now part of the M6) on the surprisingly late 5th December 1958



Portugal:
The A5 in 1944, used to be called EN7

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Spain: A-2 (then called N-II) Madrid-airport-Torrejón military base (1956)
I believe it's the M-14, not the A-2
And the first tolled motorway: A-19 between Montgat and Mataro, in 1969. Currently signed as C-32 and clinched by me.
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France: Saint-Cloud - Orgeval, opened 9 June 1946


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