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Old July 19th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #361
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I'm always overwhelmed when I'm in Spain... insane roundabouts, the bigger the better - especially in newly built quarters. Who pays for all that? The city? The adjacent businesses/inhabitants?

Impressing spanish madness in Benidorm... I love the first one!


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Old August 31st, 2010, 04:46 PM   #362
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Is this a roundabout or not? Pretty weird...
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Old September 1st, 2010, 03:30 AM   #363
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They're pretty uncommon in South Africa. Not unheard of but fairly rare.

Perhaps that is why they have put this helpful reminder with red lights on the approach to this one on Frans Conradie Drive/McIntyre Rd in Cape Town:

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Old September 1st, 2010, 05:08 AM   #364
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Old September 1st, 2010, 06:59 AM   #365
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Is this a roundabout or not? Pretty weird...
That looks like a ringroad. It can't be a roundabout when traffic flows in both directions.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 11:41 AM   #366
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In Bologna the biggest roundabout (diameter 100m) is probably this one:

http://maps.google.it/?ie=UTF8&hq=&h...08256&t=k&z=18

The 6 lane road beneath it is no motorway, it is just an urban fast road, called "Asse Attrezzato".
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Old September 1st, 2010, 11:47 AM   #367
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In Bologna the biggest roundabout (diameter 100m) is probably this one:

http://maps.google.it/?ie=UTF8&hq=&h...08256&t=k&z=18

The 6 lane road beneath it is no motorway, it is just an urban fast road, called "Asse Attrezzato".
It's not very ROUND
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Old September 1st, 2010, 12:19 PM   #368
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More like octagon-about


Actually very near my home there's another roundabout, much smaller than the previous one:


I hate this particular roundabout for two main reasons: one is that being under a 10 lane road it's very dark (there are no artificial lights) so it's difficult to see what's going on. Another reason is that it's often crowded, since the east-west road is a very busy one, while the north-south road serves as exit-entrance to the tangenziale above it.

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Old September 2nd, 2010, 12:42 AM   #369
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@g.spinoza

Have the merging lanes been shortened for the time of construction on that bridge or it's their regular length?
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 01:23 AM   #370
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That overpass is made by a 3+3 lane regular motorway (in the center) and a 2+2 lane beltway (outer lanes). More or less all the beltway's merging lanes are long like those in the pic... very short indeed! What's worst, sometimes exits are so close one another that an acceleration lane becomes the deceleration lane for the next exit!!
Look at the street view images, taken in the very same spot, roughly here:


The first pic is taken looking forward, that is looking toward the lower right angle of the previous image:


you can see, right after the truck, the exit 11bis.
Now if we look backwards:



entrance 11! You can clearly see that the lane we are in is an acceleration lane and a deceleration lane AT THE SAME TIME!
I use this exits/entrances very often, since they're near my home, and I find them very dangerous... a couple of years ago I was almost crashing, while entering the beltway thru entrance 11, with another car which was coming from behind, entering the deceleration lane to the exit 11bis...
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Thanks for the comprehensive answer.

Anyway, whole this junction seems to be quite odd not only roundabout under it.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 01:52 AM   #372
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They wanted to do different entrances/exits for people going to /coming from the city center (on the left) or the opposite direction.

So entrance 11 if you come from outside the city and exit 11 if you want to go towards the city... the other way round for exit/entrance 11bis.

It's like that only since 3 or 4 years... 11bis didn't exist, and entrance/exit 11 was accessible from/to any direction.

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Old September 2nd, 2010, 01:14 PM   #373
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Huesca for world capital of roundabouts! Well, this is not like Milton Keynes in UK, but if you search Huesca in Google Maps and take a round, you will see tons of them. Even there are roundabouts that aren't marked! 2 on the N-330a, one on the N-240 exit, two more linked by a bridge (One of the ends is shown U/C in Street View).
We have 33 roundabouts, for 53033 inhabitants (as of 2009), so it makes 1607,06 people per roundabout.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 01:43 PM   #374
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The roundabout capital of Spain should be Jaén:

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What an awful way to spend public money!
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 08:32 PM   #375
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In Latina, Italy they did worse. They put an airplane (a real one) in the middle of a roundabout:


from sabaudiain.it

it is called Rotonda dell'Aviatore -> Airplane pilot roundabout
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 10:30 PM   #376
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In Getafe, Spain, there are two or three roundabouts with aircrafts, but as EADS has a factory there it makes sense... well, almost.

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Old September 2nd, 2010, 10:37 PM   #377
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Ahaha, so it seems to be a fairly common thing
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 11:04 PM   #378
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This roundabout gave my GPS a nice challenge. Normally, the spoken instructions are enough to know what to do when approaching a roundabout ('take the third exit on the roundabout'), but this time I had to look at the map for a little while to get what it meant with 'take the second exit and then turn right'.

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It should just have said "take the third exit"
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 11:25 AM   #380
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In Getafe, Spain, there are two or three roundabouts with aircrafts, but as EADS has a factory there it makes sense... well, almost.
Here in BElgium there are also several roundabouts with old jet fighters on. One is in my hometown: here you go.



Ones part of the National Belgian acrobats 'Red Devils' (Like the US airforce Thunderburds or the UK Red Arrows)


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