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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:26 AM   #41
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A1 motorway, Romania (opened in 1973):

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Old October 29th, 2010, 12:43 PM   #42
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First Danish Motorways

23.1.1956: Motorway E47/E55 between Jægersborg and Hørsholm S (11,3 km)
23.3.1957: Motorway E47/E55 between Hørsholm S and Kokkedal (5,5 km)
27.5.1957: Motorway E20 between Halskov and Vemmelev (9,6 km) and between Knudshoved and Nyborg V (8,1 km) – on both side of the Great Belt going to a new ferry port/route that connected Funen and Zealand until the fixed link across the Great Belt (18 km) was opened in 1998.

Construction of the motorway between Jægersborg and Kokkedal was started in 1938, but during World War II the works were stopped and then re-started in 1951. The southern section of this motorway was widened to 6 lanes in 1997 and widening of the northern section has recently been finally approved for completion in 2016.

During the World War II the German Occupation Authorities requested that a motorway was constructed from Helsingør to Rødby – with a new ferry route Rødby-Puttgarden linking to the motorway Lübeck – Hamburg. The Jægersborg-Kokkedal section was part of this motorway. Constructionworks was started on the 2 other sections in 1941 and 1942 from Rødby to Sakskøbing and on the western motorwayring in Copenhagen. However due to the war, construction came to a halt soon after. The section from Rødby to Sakskøbing was only completed in 1963 along with the new ferry route to Puttgarden and the motorwayring around Copenhagen was completed in 1966-1977.

The section from Rødby to Puttgarden was the one where construction works was most advanced before being stopped during World War II. This section is still standing as a motorway with the original Reichsautobahnstandard, only a central steel barrier has been added. In connection with the construction of the 19 km fixed motorway/rail link between Rødby and Puttgarden, to be completed in 2018, this section will be brought up to current standard. The Motorwayring around Copenhagen (now usually called Motorring 3) was widened and completely refurbished 2006-2010. http://www.vejdirektoratet.dk/dokume...nt&objno=88417
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Old October 29th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #43
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In Greece the first expressway section with motorway characteristics was the Kakia Skala section between Megara and Kineta on today's A8. It opened in late 1964. It is interesting to note that this 12km section was by far the most difficult within the 215km of the Athens to Patra expressway that was constructed in the 1960s. However, it was the sole section built with motorway characteristics! This section has now been reconstructed with a number of tunnels in order to avoid the sharp bends it originally had.

Some more kilometres with such specifications were added near Aigio in the early 1970s plus a small section between Lamia and Larisa on today's A1 that was constructed in 1967.

The first reference to the term "motorway" (αυτοκινητόδρομος) was made on the Highway Code edition of 1977, but the first motorway signs appeared in 1992 on the A7 section between Korinthos and Patra, followed by some on sections of the A1 that were constructed in the late 1980s; these were signed as motorway in 1994.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #44
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Istanbul beltway, including the Bosphorus Bridge (opened at 29 October 1973)
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Old October 30th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #45
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Belgium:

A10 Brussels-Ostend - 1937

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Ehm no, construction started in 1937, but only the section between Aalter and Jabbeke was completed in 1940. The second section opened in 1949 between Aalter and Drongen, making Belgium one of the earliest countries to open a motorway after world war II. Most countries didn't continue opening motorways until well in the mid-1950's.

Brussel - Oostende was completed in 1956.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #47
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bogdymol, can you ride a bicycle on a motorway in Romania?

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Right of the bicycle is a horse-drawn vehicle on tha A 1 also, by the way.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #49
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Construction work on Sweden's first motorway between Malmö and Lund opened in 1953 (as previously mentioned in this thread).



This stretch is 17km long and originally had concrete pavement, as was common in Germany back in those days. Interchanges were created for left-hand traffic, which I guess still can be noticed today.

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bogdymol, can you ride a bicycle on a motorway in Romania?

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Nowdays you can ride a bicycle on a motorway but it is illegal. I believe that in 1982 Romanian laws were different since there is also a horse-drawn vehicle.

PS: Everything is possible on Romanian motorways (especially A1). I've seen people selling flowers and mushrooms on the hard shoulder or hitch-hikers.
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Croatia

unofficialy: 10,5 km of today's A6 near Rijeka between Orehovica and Kikovica in 1971 (blue in map)
officialy: 38,6 km of today's A1 between Zagreb and Karlovac in 1972 (purple in map)

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Wasn't A6 single carriageway back in those days?
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Wasn't A6 single carriageway back in those days?
I think that short section was 4-laned from the beginning (I'm not sure about separation of carriageway(s) though, but they're separated now). But I guess it wasn't considered so special, because it's quite winding and steep, it has controlled access, but it's without any actual interchange (you can't enter it anywhere except at the beginning and the end), it's short and it doesn't have a high speed limit (100 or 110 km/h, I think), I'm not sure whether it's a motorway or expressway.

To end this mess about the first Yugoslav motorway: the first one was the one through Belgrade in 1970 (not all though), but with 80 km/h speed limit. Then it was this Croatian motorway/expressway by Rijeka in 1971, but with less than 120 km/h speed limit (general speed limit on Yugoslav motorways). Vrhnika-Postojna in Slovenia (1972) was the first with 120 km/h speed limit (but Zagreb-Karlovac followed the next day, almost in 1973 ).

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Nowdays you can ride a bicycle on a motorway but it is illegal. I believe that in 1982 Romanian laws were different since there is also a horse-drawn vehicle.

PS: Everything is possible on Romanian motorways (especially A1). I've seen people selling flowers and mushrooms on the hard shoulder or hitch-hikers.
What does it mean - you can ride a bike but it is illegal?
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I think that short section was 4-laned from the beginning (I'm not sure about separation of carriageway(s) though, but they're separated now). But I guess it wasn't considered so special, because it's quite winding and steep, it has controlled access, but it's without any actual interchange (you can't enter it anywhere except at the beginning and the end), it's short and it doesn't have a high speed limit (100 or 110 km/h, I think), I'm not sure whether it's a motorway or expressway.

To end this mess about the first Yugoslav motorway: the first one was the one through Belgrade in 1970 (not all though), but with 80 km/h speed limit. Then it was this Croatian motorway/expressway by Rijeka in 1971, but with less than 120 km/h speed limit (general speed limit on Yugoslav motorways). Vrhnika-Postojna in Slovenia (1972) was the first with 120 km/h speed limit (but Zagreb-Karlovac followed the next day, almost in 1973 ).
there is one exit (Čavle), but i think it's been built later. speed limit is 110 i think (just as most of A6), and even less in curvy and steep part (i think 80). i cannot claim for earlier, but in 1992 it had a motorway sign. today it has it too, but from some reason some or the signs are blue (what would mean expressway, but there is not any expressway signs )
this is an ancient photo of that road from 1970es or early 1980es. looks like motorway.

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What does it mean - you can ride a bike but it is illegal?
I wanted to say that if your really try you can go with a bike on a motorway, but that's illegal and most likely cops will ask what the hell are you doing. This means that riding the bike on a motorway is against the law.
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I think that short section was 4-laned from the beginning (I'm not sure about separation of carriageway(s) though, but they're separated now). But I guess it wasn't considered so special, because it's quite winding and steep, it has controlled access, but it's without any actual interchange (you can't enter it anywhere except at the beginning and the end), it's short and it doesn't have a high speed limit (100 or 110 km/h, I think), I'm not sure whether it's a motorway or expressway.

To end this mess about the first Yugoslav motorway: the first one was the one through Belgrade in 1970 (not all though), but with 80 km/h speed limit. Then it was this Croatian motorway/expressway by Rijeka in 1971, but with less than 120 km/h speed limit (general speed limit on Yugoslav motorways). Vrhnika-Postojna in Slovenia (1972) was the first with 120 km/h speed limit (but Zagreb-Karlovac followed the next day, almost in 1973 ).
so everyone of 3 main republics of Yugoslavia had the first motorway in the country??
well, typical, I would say.
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Moscow ring road construction started in 1956 and finished in 1961. Total length 106 km.






It has been reconstructed in 1994-1999 and look like that now:

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It would have been one of the 400 series motorways in the Canadian province of Ontario I believe.
The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) could be considered the first, its roots dating back to 1931, with the twinning of a 4 km section between Highway 10 & Highway 27. Although not signed as a 400-series highway, internally it is (apparently) labelled as Highway 451.

Other communities through out Ontario (including my hometown of Brockville), also had sections of the King's Highway (Highway 2) twinned. But there are others here, who are much more familiar with the subject.

The Highway 400 section, between Toronto & Barrie, was first opened as a 4-lane highway in 1952. Construction had begun in 1947, although completion was delayed, when priorities and man-power were shifted during the Korean War.

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