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Old June 23rd, 2013, 01:57 AM   #1
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First 2x3-laned or wider road in your country?

Which was and where was built the first 2x3-laned or wider road in your country?

In Finland, Mannerheim avenue and the Esplanades were 2x3 from at least the late 1950's to 2000. Kulosaari bridge on expressway 170 was built originally as 2x2 in 1957 to fit the subway in the middle, but was widened to 2x3 by I believe 1962.

The first this wide road in the world I believe was the West Side Highway in NYC in 1929 or 1930 (?).

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Old June 23rd, 2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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A13 The Hague - Rotterdam in the Netherlands was widened to 2x3 lanes in 1960. I doubt if the Netherlands had six-lane urban roads at that time. Most cities in the Netherlands were quite small before 1960. NL recorded much higher population growth in 1950-2000 than other countries in the region. Even today six-lane urban roads are relatively rare, they are far less common than in Germany or Denmark.

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Old June 23rd, 2013, 12:38 PM   #3
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In Spain A-19 motorway (actually C-31) from Barcelona to Montgat was constructed as 2x3-laned road on March 1968. I'm not sure if it was the first of Spain but one of firsts.



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Old June 23rd, 2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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In Spain A-19 motorway (actually C-31) from Barcelona to Montgat was constructed as 2x3-laned road on March 1968. I'm not sure if it was the first of Spain but one of firsts.



Source:http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/p...22344/pdf.html
I think A-2 from Madrid to Torrejón de Ardoz was already built 2x3 when it opened in 1953.
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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #5
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Which was and where was built the first 2x3-laned or wider road in your country?
We're talking motorways-freeways-expressways, right? And not counting bridges and their immediate approaches?

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The first this wide road in the world I believe was the West Side Highway in NYC in 1929 or 1930 (?).
Yes, initial segment completed in late 1929 per Wikipedia and nycroads.com.

Now, where was the first 2x4?
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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #6
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This is about 500 m long section of highway D1 in Bratislava in 2x4 pattern. But in fact, it is just the part of interchange, since the highway ends/starts here. At this time (at least I think) it is the most widest highway section in Slovakia.


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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #7
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We're talking motorways-freeways-expressways, right? And not counting bridges and their immediate approaches?

Actually I thought of roads and streets overall.



Yes, initial segment completed in late 1929 per Wikipedia and nycroads.com.

Now, where was the first 2x4?
Hollywood Freeway perhaps? or that first sub-level freeway in Detroit? Both from 1940's.
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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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New Zealand.

2x3 1965/66
State Highway 1, Southern Motorway, Auckland



2x4 1969
State Highway 1, Northern Motorway, Auckland

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Italy:
first 3x2: A27 Mestre-Conegliano 1972
first 4x2: A1 Modena-Bologna 2005
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Old September 15th, 2016, 11:10 PM   #10
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Austria - A2 - direct build as 3x2

26. 05. 1962
knoten Vösendorf – ASt leobersdorf
24,875 km

19. 12. 1962
knoten Wien-Inzersdorf – knoten Vösendorf
3,370 km

14. 12. 1963
ASt leobersdorf – ASt Wöllersdorf
9,025 km

15. 09. 1964
ASt Wöllersdorf – Bad Fischau
3,000 km

19. 12. 1964
Bad Fischau – knoten Wr. neustadt
5,209 km
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Old September 15th, 2016, 11:47 PM   #11
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first 4x2: A1 Modena-Bologna 2005
A8 between Milano (A4) and Lainate (A9) was 8-laned much earlier.
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A8 between Milano (A4) and Lainate (A9) was 8-laned much earlier.
You're right. Since 1999.
http://www.proiter.it/milano-laghi.html
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First 4 kilometers of A1 in Bulgaria, along with Sofia Ringroad, eastern arc were built 2x(3+e) in the 80s'
the Sofia NST was built in the same width in 2016.
West arc was built either 2+3+3+2 or 2x3 also in 2016.

The 2x3 A1 section was initially planned to be around 12km long, but 8 of it were subsequently turned to a city motorway and one at-grade-intersection was kept as it is.
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The first 2x3 motorway in Denmark was the Holbæk Motorway (Route 21) where first 2x3 section (Vigerslev-Ring 3 - 5,6 km) was opened in November 1968. A few other 2x3 sections were opened in 1969-74:
- Nordjyske Motorway/Limfjordstunnelen ca. 2 km, May 1969
- Køge Bugt Motorway (E20/E47) 6,1 km from Solrød S to Ølby, December 1969
- Fynske Motorway/Taulov Motorway (E20), including Little Belt Bridge, ca. 6 km, May/October 1970
- Køge Bugt Motorway (E20/E47) 19,2 km from Ring 3 to Solrød S, December 1972
- Helsingør Motorway (Route 19) 6,3 km from Hans Knudsens Plads to Jægersborg (Lyngbyvej): November 1974
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In the UK, I think (and someone may correct me) that it was the Preston Bypass, opened in 1958 as 2x2 and widened in 1966 to 2x3.



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Old September 16th, 2016, 01:37 PM   #16
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In the UK, I think (and someone may correct me) that it was the Preston Bypass, opened in 1958 as 2x2 and widened in 1966 to 2x3.



Good guess but I believe the first 2x3 motorway in the UK was the M1, opened in 1959 with the full lane allocation.

There were 2x3 urban roads prior to this point such as the A3 Kingston Bypass, opened in 1927. This lacked grade separation on opening but acquired some by the 60s if not earlier.
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Good guess but I believe the first 2x3 motorway in the UK was the M1, opened in 1959 with the full lane allocation.

There were 2x3 urban roads prior to this point such as the A3 Kingston Bypass, opened in 1927. This lacked grade separation on opening but acquired some by the 60s if not earlier.
You are correct, I assumed the M1 was built as 2 lane and upgraded as well.

Here it is a few months after opening:



What motorist doesn't dream of such traffic conditions on the M1 nowadays?!
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Old September 17th, 2016, 06:54 AM   #18
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I may be incorrect but i'm fairly certain the Islamabad Highway was the first 2x3 road built in Pakistan. It was built in the 1960s to link the old N5 National Highway (GT Road) and Rawalpindi to the newly constructed city of Islamabad.

Although it's over 28km long, I remember it remaining 2x3 for just around 10-12km well into the late 90s, after which it would converge into a single carriageway.

Today, however, it's been upgraded to a 28km long partially constructed 2x5 Expressway (Motorway without the toll).

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If we're talking specifically about controlled-access roads (Motorway/Highway/Autobahn) then the M2 Motorway, inaugurated in 1998, is definitely the first.

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Old September 17th, 2016, 03:32 PM   #19
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first 3x2: A27 Mestre-Conegliano 1972
first 4x2: A1 Modena-Bologna 2005
I've to add that A27 was the first to be buildt directly 3x2;
but I've to add that also other motorways as A1 and A4 have stretches upgraded to 3x2 before of 1972...

Here's A1 there was 3 lane in some short uphill stretches; photo after 1969



and also, A4 between Turin and Milan was upgraded using shoulder lane as third lane (in the article they say October 1962!)

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Another photo of A4 Turin-Milan stretch, this is in 1963!

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