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Old October 22nd, 2007, 04:57 PM   #421
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^ Is this the same road?
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In which part of Tallinn (north, south...) is it?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 05:16 PM   #422
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^Yes, the same. It's in...here
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...&t=k&z=13&om=1
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 05:26 PM   #423
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I believe this is better.

Wow. I knew there were really wide roads in Buenos Aires but I didn't expect that much.

I think this one is the widest in Spain. M-30 in Madrid.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:00 PM   #424
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There are 12/14 lanes avenues in Barcelona, too.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 09:00 PM   #425
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There are 12/14 lanes avenues in Barcelona, too.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 09:19 PM   #426
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Widest stretch in Holland is de A16 at Ridderkerk with 4+4+4+4 lanes. Can't find a picture of it at this moment...
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 05:39 AM   #427
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:55 AM   #428
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Um, you can't count the +2 on each side. They are exit/on ramps. The 401 is 20 lanes here, but is officially listed at 18 lanes. Regardless, it's still the widest and, by far, busiest highway on the planet.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 08:37 AM   #429
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I'm confused... I only count 18

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Old October 23rd, 2007, 05:45 PM   #430
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yeah the side lanes dont count its a 18 laner for sure, but man thats one hell of a road!

so whats the longest continous road- i mean even this one has a break in it in either direction i would called this a 5+4-5+4 is there 9-9 for example?
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 06:11 PM   #431
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One page back, you'll see a 9 lane motorway. However, it's very short, i think 2x7 in Atlanta is one of the widest continued motorways.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #432
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yeah the side lanes dont count its a 18 laner for sure, but man thats one hell of a road!

so whats the longest continous road- i mean even this one has a break in it in either direction i would called this a 5+4-5+4 is there 9-9 for example?
The 401 is a minimum of 12 lanes total for an approximate length of 43km through Toronto... which doesn't include the 18-lane stretch pictured below. I don't know if that's the longest continuous stretch in the world though.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 12:19 AM   #433
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Sana'a, Yemen:

[img]http://i9.************/4v5obys.jpg[/img]

The equivalent of over 30 lanes. However, only 10 lanes have actual road markings.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #434
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HOLY COW! Everytime I see pictures of the 401, I am extremely impressed.

Sometimes I wish all highways were like that........
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Old October 24th, 2007, 06:34 AM   #435
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yeah the side lanes dont count its a 18 laner for sure, but man thats one hell of a road!

so whats the longest continous road- i mean even this one has a break in it in either direction i would called this a 5+4-5+4 is there 9-9 for example?
That would be cool to see of course, but it is not practical in reality. Even that huge stretch of I-75 looks pretty insane to navigate/drive on. The 401 could have been built continuous, but changing across 9 lanes in heavy traffic is impractical.

Usually, such large freeways are split up into multiple carriageways. The way the 401 works is that the inner carriageways are express lanes, which don't have direct exits. Instead, you exit/enter the express lanes from the collector lanes (outer carriageway) in a similar way to exiting/entering a motorway. The benefit is that the express lanes have less interruptions, and often move faster than the collector (although often in rush hour the opposite happens). However, of course, you have to keep in mind that the express lanes only exit sparingly, i.e. not every exit is available, so you should stay in the collectors for short trips.

There are other motorways that use a similar configuration, like the New Jersey Turnpike, the 427 in Toronto (another short highway that connects the 401 to the QEW), the freeway from the Buenos Aires picture, and finally the M-30 in Madrid. In fact, you can see the collector->express merging lane on that picture of the M-30 at the top of this thread, which is more or less how it looks like on the 401 as well.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 10:06 AM   #436
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yeah the side lanes dont count its a 18 laner for sure, but man thats one hell of a road!

so whats the longest continous road- i mean even this one has a break in it in either direction i would called this a 5+4-5+4 is there 9-9 for example?
Yeah, it's 18 lanes, not 20. It is officially listed at 18. When the 401 expanded over time, it was quickly recognized that it was too chaotic and dangerous to build the highway 9-9. Cars would swerve at 120-130 km/h from up to 8 lanes over. Cars doing the opposite maneuvre wouldn't see the inevitable high speed collision and the consequences were deadly.

All 18 lanes of the 401 is the same highway, but each direction has been divided into 5-4. The outer lanes function as a normal freeway, the inner lanes are express lanes for cars that are travelling great distances with no intention of exiting for many kilometres.

This system is not only efficient, but much safer. The 401 has more lanes than any other freeway in the world, so no 9-9 example exists. I doubt any 9-9 freeway ever will, unless safety is deemed secondary.

Here's a nice pic of the 401 (not my photo) at a narrower section of the highway. It is only 14 lanes here, as opposed to 18 further along:

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Old October 24th, 2007, 11:47 AM   #437
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Sana'a, Yemen:

[img]http://i9.************/4v5obys.jpg[/img]

The equivalent of over 30 lanes. However, only 10 lanes have actual road markings.
I can't see.
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This better?:

[IMG]http://i21.************/2vajx9e.png[/IMG]
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Old October 24th, 2007, 06:42 PM   #439
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^ Wow, this is massive. But if you ask me, that's not 95.91 m. There's no way you could put in here 30 lanes, but 20.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 07:01 PM   #440
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Sana'a, Yemen:

[img]http://i9.************/4v5obys.jpg[/img]

The equivalent of over 30 lanes. However, only 10 lanes have actual road markings.
Wow, that's a wide ass road...compare it to the 4 lane road on the bottom
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