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Old February 11th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #121
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The oldest motorway, built in Lithuania, is A1, between Kaunas and Vilnius, opened in autumn of 1970. It was one of the oldest way in the Soviet Union and looked very modern by that time.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...magistrale.jpg

Now is a part of main motorway of the country - A1, connecting three largest Lithuanian cities: Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda. It doesn't have a motorway status (only expressway), because road haves some U-turns, go through towns (Vievis, Grigiškės) and haves bus stops where pedestrian have to cross the road.

By 2018 there will be passes under and above the road and U-turns will be abolished by the new interchanges.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 03:13 AM   #122
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So we can conclude that first three motorways build in the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia were, in order of opening:
1. Vrhnika-Postojna, 1972.
2. Orehovica-Kikovica, 1972.; today expressway-part of Rijeka Beltway
3. Zagreb-Karlovac, 1972.; Remetinec service station-Lučko toll station as expressway: they forgot to build Hrvatski Leskovac overpass so there was a signal crossing before the Lučko toll booths; Lučko-Karlovac as motorway (interchange Jastrebarsko was opened later)
city motorway through Belgrade was 1st in YU, it was opened in 1971.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 05:03 AM   #123
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Hujia Expressway, 16 km, opened October 31, 1988.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #124
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That is also the first motorway of South America, although the first carriageway of SP-150 between Sao Paulo and Santos already opened in 1947, but it wasn't a motorway until 1953. Several motorways opened in 1953 in South America, including the SP-330 between Sao Paulo and Campinas and Autopista Caracas - La Guaira in Venezuela.
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The first motorway in Brazil was Via Anchieta (Anchieta Highway), built between 1940-1953 (opened It first way in 1947):




Săo Paulo-Campinas (Anhanguera Highway) was opened in 1953 and Castello Branco Expressway (the first Brazilian "Class-Zero" Highway), in 1968. Via Dutra, the main road between Rio and Săo Paulo, was inaugurated in January 1951, but was became a true highway in 1996, after privatization (before, Via Dutra received the second way in 1958-1967, but It was as an aveune than a true motorway).
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Old May 15th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #125
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South African Motorways

The first motorway opened in South Africa was the Ben Schoeman Highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria in April 1968. The middle section (N1) from Buccleuch to Brakfontein Interchange has been upgraded twice, whilst the southern section (M1) has been upgraded once.

At this time three other freeways were close to being completed, as can be judged by the dates found on their bridges, i.e. N4 Pretoria to Middelburg, the R24 from Johannesburg to the Airport, and the R22 from Johannesburg to north of Springs. The R22 was later extended to Witbank.

The N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West (ending near Firgrove) and the N9 as it was then, now N1, to Paarl could predate the Ben Schoeman but I cannot find their opening dates.

The N4 from Witbank to Middleburg, and the N2 section to the west of Somerset West were both built using concrete.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 05:26 PM   #126
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A tv report abouth the 80th birthday of the first German motorway

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Old September 16th, 2012, 12:43 AM   #127
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The first motorway opened in South Africa was the Ben Schoeman Highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria in April 1968. The middle section (N1) from Buccleuch to Brakfontein Interchange has been upgraded twice, whilst the southern section (M1) has been upgraded once.

At this time three other freeways were close to being completed, as can be judged by the dates found on their bridges, i.e. N4 Pretoria to Middelburg, the R24 from Johannesburg to the Airport, and the R22 from Johannesburg to north of Springs. The R22 was later extended to Witbank.

The N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West (ending near Firgrove) and the N9 as it was then, now N1, to Paarl could predate the Ben Schoeman but I cannot find their opening dates.

The N4 from Witbank to Middleburg, and the N2 section to the west of Somerset West were both built using concrete.
There are definitely freeways in SA that predate 1968. Three that come to mind are Settlers Way (N2) and the Black River Parkway in Cape Town which I believe opened in 1962 and the N2 Port Elizabeth bypass which has some bridges dated 1962 as well.

The Eastern Boulevard section of the N2 in Cape Town (east of the 1970s elevated section) opened in 1967 I think, the same year as the Kroonstad Bypass (N1).

Before that there are some roads that are rather sub-standard freeways such as the Malmesbury bypass (1961) which was at the time numbered N11 but is now N7. Even earlier is the road in Durban that used to be part of the N3 until the Mariannhill Toll Road was opened in the 1980s, which dates to the mid-1950s.

I don't know when the freeway classification was introduced in SA, and I suspect that it did not exist when those roads were built and they were retrospectively classified as freeways which makes the issue less clear-cut than other countries.

Most freeway structures in SA were built with date markers which are useful for dating, but often they are missing due to neglect or upgrading. Here's one in Port Elizabeth
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I think my above post touches on a big problem with finding the "first motorway/freeway" in that what can be considered a motorway isn't clear cut.

Are we going by the legal definition? The problem with that is there are roads that are legally motorways or freeways that do not meet the usual criteria of having separate carriageways etc. Or roads that are now legally motorways but were not when they were built, even though they are physically the same.

Or are we going by the physical characteristics of the road such as full grade separation, central reservation etc. The problem there is that often there were such roads before the first legal motorways, eg I'm sure the Preston Bypass was not the first such road in Britain even though it was the first classified as a motorway.
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Old September 16th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #129
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It doesn't have a motorway status (only expressway), because road haves some U-turns, go through towns (Vievis, Grigiškės) and haves bus stops where pedestrian have to cross the road.
In that case this is not even expressway, where u-turns and at grade intersections are not allowed.
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Old September 16th, 2012, 08:28 PM   #130
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In that case this is not even expressway, where u-turns and at grade intersections are not allowed.
Currently it has an expressway status. In Vievis town there aren't 1 level intersections. The only U-turn is near Žiežmariai and current U-turn just after Grigiškės is because of current roadworks. All other intersections are grade separated.
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Old September 16th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #131
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Currently it has an expressway status. In Vievis town there aren't 1 level intersections. The only U-turn is near Žiežmariai and current U-turn just after Grigiškės is because of current roadworks. All other intersections are grade separated.
All these U-turns will be abolished. By Grigiškės the road will be fully reconstructed by the year 2014, and there will be reconstruction of interchange near Žiežmariai by sometime between 2014 and 2017. Authorities said that the road will be a motorway by the year 2018.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #132
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At least some of the N2 between Cape Town and Somerset West was still single carriageway in 1969 - my dad said he remembered hearing about the moon landing on the radio while driving that way and it was still single carriageway. There was no TV in SA at the time, as the government feared it would corrupt the morals of the nation

The photo of the "newly opened" freeway in 1962 shows approximately the section from Main Road to Jan Smuts Drive. I would guess that the Western end from 1962-67 was at Rhodes Drive. I'll dig it out some time.

I've also remembered seeing a photo of the Wingfield Interchange under construction in 1964.
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