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Old February 3rd, 2007, 01:31 AM   #181
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 02:45 AM   #182
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The quallity of German autobahns is more a myth than a reality.
Not that they are bad, it's just that the autobahn's are nothing special either,

I still think France has the best motorways in Europe.
The worst part is that they are probably the most expensive too.
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 03:57 PM   #183
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Has Canada really 16-17k km's of expressways?
Seems like a lot for such a sparsely populated country.
Is there a continuous east-west expressway?
Anyone has a map of the system?
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 08:31 PM   #184
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in length:

1) United States 75.009km
2) China 34.288km (growing over 4500km each year)
3) Canada 17.000km (seems kind of unlikely to me)
4) Spain 13.156km
5) Germany 12.200km
6) Brazil 11.000km
7) France 11.000km
8) Japan 6.946km
9) Italy 6.621km
10) Mexico 6.144km (growing fast)
11) India 4885km (seems unlikely to me)
12) Saudi Arabia 3348km
13) Thailand 2885km (are those all expressways?)
14) Chile 2653km
15) Netherlands 2360km
16) Iraq 2227km (i don't think they are all motorways)
17) Pakistan 2225km
18) Portugal 2002km
19) South Korea 1996km
20) South Africa 1927km
21) Ukraine 1770km (most of them are grade-expressways i guess)
22) Belgium 1729km
23) Turkey 1726km
24) Australia 1700km
25) Austria 1677km
26) Switzerland 1638km
27) Sweden 1428km
28) United Arab Emirates 1392km
29) Venezuela 1256km
30) Nigeria 1194km
31) Malaysia 1192km
32) Croatia 1050km
33) Griekenland 1030km
34) Denmark 1010km
Egypt 988km ( i doubt of all these motorways are real motorways)
Syria 877km
Taiwan 872km
Hungary 860km
Russia 770km
Iran 751km
Belarus 750km
Argentina 734km
Poland 665km
Finland 653km
Algeria 640km
Cuba 638km
Morocco 581km
Serbia 560km
Oman 550km
Lithuania 523km
Czechia 498km
Slovenia 442km
Kuwait 420km
Jordan 401km
Indonesia 385km (i thought they had more)
Qatar 333km
Uzbekistan 332km
Bulgaria 328km
El Salvador 327km
Slovakia 316km
Cyprus 276km
Peru 276km
Romania 266km
Dominican Republic 263km
Libya 262km
Uruguay 252km
Tunisia 249km
Cameroon 240km
Macedonia 192km
Philippines 170km ( i thought they had more)
Cote d’Ivoire 162km
Kenya 153km
Singapore 150km
Lebanon 145km
New Zealand 144km
Latvia 132km
Norway 128km
Israel 126km
Luxembourg 114km
Myanmar 101km
Vietnam 100km (new motorways)
Estonia 75km
Zambia 50km
Ghana 35km
Jamaica 33km
Bahrain 30km
Gabon 30km
Guinea-Bissau 15km

GRAND TOTAL: 259.027km

You must notice, that a motorway in Cameroon or The Dominican Republic can completely differ from what we seen in Europe and the United States. Length shown here can be seen as highly controversial for some countries. Most data token from wikipedia or the CIA Factbook, and, in some rare cases, i figured it out with maps.

Sometimes, wikipedia doesn’t seems to be very accurate, for example they say Australia has about 16000kms of Expressway, which seems to me as highly unlikely.

Any comments or corrections are very welcome.

Before i starting to figure this out, i thought, there were some 270.000 kilometers of motorway/expressways on our globe, and, it seems to be i was quite close to that.
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 09:02 PM   #185
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The french number is wrong

11,810 km of Motorway/expressway in France at the beginning of the year 2001
The number of Km surely increased.
about 13,000 km now.
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 10:35 PM   #186
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Argentina's figures are wrong. There are almost 2000 km of freeways and 4 laned highways, and it's growing fast...
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 11:29 PM   #187
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Argentina's figures are wrong. There are almost 2000 km of freeways and 4 laned highways, and it's growing fast...
i think you're right. I have a quite recent map of Argentina, and i calculated approximatly some 1920kms op motorway in Argentina.

But i'm not always sure on wikipedia, i have the feeling a lot of articles about highways are made by some enthousiast, who count every 4lane road to their motorways...
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Old February 4th, 2007, 12:10 AM   #188
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obviously,some people are mistaken on the difference between expressway and highway.expressway mean at least two lanes and no traffic lights on it.in US,it's called interstate highway.then if we are talking about the expressway,I think one ranking in this thread is correct ,that is,US is #1 with more then 90k km,China is the #2 with around 40k km and canada is #3 with around 17k km.
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Old February 4th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #189
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The french number is wrong

11,810 km of Motorway/expressway in France at the beginning of the year 2001
The number of Km surely increased.
about 13,000 km now.
I counted all 1 and 2 digit motorways (Autoroutes) in France together, and i came at 10.241 kilometers. When you count the 3-digit motorways, you maybe can add a few hundred kilometers to them.

You can only reach 13.000 if you count all the Voie Expresses with the Autoroutes. And why not? A Voie Expresse definatly looks more like a motorway, than some Nigerian expressway.
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Old February 4th, 2007, 12:57 AM   #190
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1) United States 75.009km
I believe this only accounts for the interstate system, but there are many freeways in the US that aren't interstates.
I think the total figure would be around 90.000km.
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Old February 4th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #191
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absolutely wrong
Expressway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressway
Well, by the wikipedia definition we're talking about freeways here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeway

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You can only reach 13.000 if you count all the Voie Expresses with the Autoroutes. And why not? A Voie Expresse definatly looks more like a motorway, than some Nigerian expressway.
The French voie expresse although not qualified as "autoroutes" certainly do qualify as freeway's for this numbers, as long as they have grade separeted intersections (which most, if not all, do have).
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Old February 4th, 2007, 01:22 AM   #192
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Yes all.
A big part of them has the same standar as an "autoroute".
In fact some free "autoroutes" became Voie express.

Some pics of french expressway ("Voie express" not "Autoroutes"




Note: Paris's Peripherique is not an "autoroute"
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Old February 4th, 2007, 04:54 AM   #193
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Update for January 2007



Czech republic 2006
  • 627 kms of highways26,5 metres wide (in case of steep terrain 24,5 m), with 2 lanes in each direction
  • 416 kms of motorroads bit narrower (24,5 m or 22,5 m), curves can be bit sharper,with 2 lanes in each direction

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Slovakia
  • 385km of highways26,5 metres wide (in case of steep terrain 24,5 m), with 2 lanes in each direction
  • 172km of motorroadsbit narrower (24,5 m or 22,5 m), curves can be bit sharper,with 2 lanes in each direction

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Old February 4th, 2007, 06:13 AM   #194
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yeah 1700km of freeway for australia is about right. pretty sad, but it costs so much for our small population. so we are managing quite well i'd say.

and about india building all that freeway for $14bn...dam!!! that would be so nice if it was that cheap in australia. just a 40km freeway in melbourne getting built (eastlink) is costing $2.5bn
it's not fair...we should import cheap labour from india or dubai to build us our stuff....nah just kidding, australia doesn't do thigns that way, and we benefit from it in ways other countires don't know.

however...we need more freeways still...10000km by 2020!
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Old February 4th, 2007, 10:48 AM   #195
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Aren't most of the superhighways in North Korea 10 lanes or more? They don't have medians and the geometry is terrible, but still ...
10 lanes in N.Korea??? its really crazy !!! whats for??? N.Korea traffic aint busy as in others country like S.Korea,US,UK, China and etc...

they need the 10 lanes superhighway to carry nuclear missle ...hahah!!!
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Old February 4th, 2007, 02:19 PM   #196
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Yeah, I was equally blown away when I learnt how expensive infrastructure projects, such as highways or subways/metros, are in the western world. It seems to be about 10 times more expensive than India.

The $14 bn cost of building 14,000 kms of mostly 4 lane highways in India was applicable only for the earlier plan.

As per the new plan, 24,000 kms of 4-6 lane highways (6,500 kms of this length will be 6 lane) will cost about $45 bn by 2015. It is big money for India, especially the government. If India's economy grows to about 3 times today's size by 2015, it maynot be big money then. But today, it certainly is.

India seems to be building more highways than expressways/freeways. By 2006, there were only about 600 km of expressways (out of 6,000 kms of highways). Acoording to some Indian forumers more knowledgable than me, about 3,000-3,500 kms expressways will be built by 2016.
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So what's the difference between voie express and autoroute in France?
I drove from Nimes to Marseille last year and about 10-20 km of the way was voie express, the rest was autoroute. I did not see any difference except the signage.
The same thing near St. Etienne.
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India seems to be building more highways than expressways/freeways. By 2006, there were only about 600 km of expressways (out of 6,000 kms of highways). Acoording to some Indian forumers more knowledgable than me, about 3,000-3,500 kms expressways will be built by 2016.
I guess there is no need for them between cities, as most people travel by train, most Indians can't afford a car.
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So what's the difference between voie express and autoroute in France?
I drove from Nimes to Marseille last year and about 10-20 km of the way was voie express, the rest was autoroute. I did not see any difference except the signage.
The same thing near St. Etienne.
A Voie Express has mostly some narrower shoulders, and a lower speed limit; generally 110km/h, but Autoroute has 130km/h. And Voie Expresses have more exits than Autoroutes.

The same thing is happening in Spain, which has the most kilometers of motorway in Europe.
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Yes, but the only diference between a modern autovia and an autopista is that the autovia doesn't have toll and has more exits.
As for the rest, it's all the same.
But the old autovias(like the Madrid's radials) generally have a worst geometry than autopistas, and some(Madrid's radials) will be completelly revamped/rebuilt to meet modern motorway standards in the next few years.
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