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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #701
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European motorway network

I have made a preliminary account of the European motorway network. The length was 87 406 kilometers at 31 December 2012, up 1524 kilometers compared to a year ago. This makes the European motorway network the third longest in the world after Asia (#1) and geographical North America (#2).

This is preliminary because the German Autobahnähnlich (motorway-like) network needs a slightly better assessment and the UK full grade-separated dual carriageway network is not included. The Italian Superstrade are also not included. The lists also includes motorways in Turkey which are mostly in the Asian part of the country.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 07:52 AM   #702
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Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...2#post11619612 :

Let`s make some changes to the list by ChrisZwolle. All data from this thread.




Highways, motorways, expressways, freeways in length:

The modified Chris's list contains only dual carriageway (four or more lanes), grade separated (access controlled, limited-access) roads:

1) United States 100.000 km
2) China 75.000 km
3) Spain 14.000/15.000 km
4) Germany 14.185 km
5) France 13.786 km
6) Brazil 11.000 km
7) Japan 6.946 km
8) Italy 6.621 km
9) Canada 6.165 km
10) Mexico 6.144 km (growing fast)
11) United Kingdom 3421 km
12) Saudi Arabia 3348 km
13) Thailand 2885 km (are those all expressways?)
14) Chile 2653 km
15) Netherlands 2360 km
16) Iraq 2227 km (i don't think they are all motorways)
17) Pakistan 2225 km
18) Portugal 2002 km
19) Argentina 2000 km (aprox.)
20) South Korea 1996 km
21) South Africa 1927 km
22) Belgium 1729 km
23) Turkey 1726 km
24) Australia 1700 km
25) Sweden 1700 km
26) Austria 1677 km
27) Switzerland 1638 km
28) Poland 1498 km ( + about 1300 under construction)
29) Malaysia 1630km(update)
30) United Arab Emirates 1392 km
31) Taiwan 1335 km
32)Algeria 1300 km
33) Hungary 1288 km
34) Venezuela 1256 km
35) Nigeria 1194 km
36) Morocco 1152 km
37) Czechia 1147 km
38) Croatia 1050 km
39) Griekenland 1030 km
40) Denmark 1010 km
Egypt 988 km ( i doubt of all these motorways are real motorways)
Syria 877 km
Russia 770 km
Iran 751 km
Belarus 750 km
Argentina 734 km
Finland 653 km
India 650 km
Cuba 638 km
Slovakia 605 km
Serbia 560 km
Oman 550 km
Lithuania 523 km
Bulgaria 444 km
Slovenia 442 km
Kuwait 420 km
Jordan 401 km
Indonesia 385 km (i thought they had more)
Norway 350 km
Qatar 333 km
Uzbekistan 332 km
El Salvador 327 km
Cyprus 276 km
Peru 276 km
Romania 266 km
Dominican Republic 263 km
Libya 262 km
Uruguay 252 km
Tunisia 249 km
Cameroon 240 km
Ukraine 200 km
Macedonia 192 km
Philippines 170 km ( i thought they had more)
Cote d’Ivoire 162 km
Kenya 153 km
Singapore 150 km
Lebanon 145 km
New Zealand 144 km
Latvia 132 km
Israel 126 km
Luxembourg 114 km
Myanmar 101 km
Vietnam 100 km (new motorways)
Estonia 75 km
Zambia 50 km
Ghana 35 km
Jamaica 33 km
Bahrain 30 km
Gabon 30 km
Guinea-Bissau 15 km

GRAND TOTAL: about 300.000 km

The expressway network of Malaysia is considered the best expressway network in Southeast Asia and also in Asia after Japan and China. [1] They were 27 highways in the country and the total length is 1,630 kilometres (1,010 mi).[1] and another 219.3 kilometres (136.3 mi) is still under construction. The closed toll expressway system is similar to the Japanese Expressway System and Chinese Expressway System. All Malaysian toll expressways are managed in the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) system.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #703
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Chris's list reports Canada as having 6,165 kms of freeway or motorway. Frankly I find it difficult to accept that figure and wonder what the source is. To me it seems high by a factor of two or more.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #704
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Ireland is missing

...missing Ireland's 1,000+ km of motorways/motorway-like roads.

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Old December 29th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #705
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Chris's list reports Canada as having 6,165 kms of freeway or motorway. Frankly I find it difficult to accept that figure and wonder what the source is. To me it seems high by a factor of two or more.
According to my data, Canada currently has 6 320 kilometers of freeway / autoroute.

It's listed as following:

* Québec: 2 097 km
* Ontario: 1 930 km
* New Brunswick: 749 km
* Alberta: 609 km
* British Columbia: 535 km
* Nova Scotia: 363 km
* Saskatchewan: 37 km

Other provinces and territories have no freeways.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #706
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European motorway network

I made a more complete assessment of the European motorway network, including the secondary dual carriageway network of Italy, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

According to this data, Europe has 91 489 kilometers of motorways and motorway-like roads.

The top 10 is as following:

* Spain: 15 751 km
* Germany: 15 249 km (including 2 365 km Autobahnähnliche Straße)
* France: 14 685 km (including 3 565 km of Voie Expresse)
* Italy: 9 727 km (including 2 770 km of Superstrada)
* United Kingdom: 6 016 km (including 2 780 km of dual carriageways with grade-separation)
* Portugal: 2 989 km
* Netherlands: 2 465 km
* Poland: 2 193 km
* Greece: 2 085 km
* Austria: 1 911 km
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Old December 30th, 2012, 03:01 AM   #707
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According to my data, Canada currently has 6 320 kilometers of freeway / autoroute.

It's listed as following:

* Québec: 2 097 km
* Ontario: 1 930 km
* New Brunswick: 749 km
* Alberta: 609 km
* British Columbia: 535 km
* Nova Scotia: 363 km
* Saskatchewan: 37 km

Other provinces and territories have no freeways.
Pray tell me, why are you including freeways for some countries and only access-controlled tollways for some other countries?
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Old December 30th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #708
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Pray tell me, why are you including freeways for some countries and only access-controlled tollways for some other countries?
Freeways are grade separated, access controlled highways. Freeways can be tolled or can be toll free.

Freeways are called freeways because traffic flow runs free (uninterrupted - without disturbance), not because freeways are toll free.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #709
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Freeways are grade separated, access controlled highways. Freeways can be tolled or can be toll free.

Freeways are called freeways because traffic flow runs free (uninterrupted - without disturbance), not because freeways are toll free.
Let's take an example of #48 in Chris' list: India.

Although India has the world's second-largest road network today at 4.32 million km (a reference) ranging from paved district roads to major expressways, only the following can be considered in this discussion:

There are 70,934 km of national highways in India. Of these, 16,553 km are completed toll free access-controlled highways (four-laned or six-laned).

references:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_road_network

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_(India)

http://www.nhai.org/images/aprilwebs...0III%20Eng.jpg - April 2012

http://www.nhai.org/Doc/23june12/NH_NH%20wise.pdf - the total national highway network, of which about 6000 km is not yet completed, so not access controlled.

In addition, there are 1000 km (620 mi) of completed national expressways that are between 6-lanes to 32-lanes.

reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa...n_road_network

Also, there are a few thousands of km of completed state highways that are now access-controlled; however, I need to confirm the exact number.
reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_...State_Highways

However, India is at only 650 km in the aforementioned list; this seems to be a result of incomplete research / outdated data being used for this country.
There are several pictures of these freeways and expressways available to dispel any doubts regarding their validity.

The minimum number for access-controlled four-laned or higher freeways + tollways in India should be 17,553 km.

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A tolled 4-lane National Highway in India can in no way be considered a motorway or motorway-like road. Nearly all of them have unlimited roadside access, slow and unmotorized traffic and only grade-separated interchanges at major intersections. They are nowhere near the league of expressways in China or Malaysia.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 09:47 PM   #711
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Brazil has few highways.

In 2013 starts works in 7,000 kms. Finally brazilian governmment awoke.

Most blue highways starts in 2013.

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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #712
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Countries like Brazil have the problem that some routes are of high standard, but just below motorway(like) standards due to U-turns and roadside access, while nearly all other intersections are grade-separated. Russia has many roads like that as well.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #713
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I made a more complete assessment of the European motorway network, including the secondary dual carriageway network of Italy, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

According to this data, Europe has 91 489 kilometers of motorways and motorway-like roads.

The top 10 is as following:

* Spain: 15 751 km
* Germany: 15 249 km (including 2 365 km Autobahnähnliche Straße)
* France: 14 685 km (including 3 565 km of Voie Expresse)
* Italy: 9 727 km (including 2 770 km of Superstrada)
* United Kingdom: 6 016 km (including 2 780 km of dual carriageways with grade-separation)
* Portugal: 2 989 km
* Netherlands: 2 465 km
* Poland: 2 193 km
* Greece: 2 085 km
* Austria: 1 911 km
In Poland we have 2 439 km motorways and expressways now.
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It excludes two-lane expressways.
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In Poland is 1368 km motorways and 1055 km expressways, so.. sorry but I some don't understand why 2139 km
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Not all expressways in Poland have 4 lanes. According to this post there are 827,8 kilometers of 2x2 drogi ekspresowe.
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Ok, now I understand early I meant "two-lane" as two-roads
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A tolled 4-lane National Highway in India can in no way be considered a motorway or motorway-like road. Nearly all of them have unlimited roadside access, slow and unmotorized traffic and only grade-separated interchanges at major intersections. They are nowhere near the league of expressways in China or Malaysia.
54,200 km of India's National Highways truly cannot be considered access-controlled grade-separated freeways. However, the completed 16,553 km of completed National Highways (Freeways) should definitely be considered.
I've driven on a few German Autobahns, more than 30% of the US Interstate system and the Canadian inter-provincial highways etc, and I can say that while these 16,553 km are not in the same league, they're definitely in the same category.

Here are some pictures of a few of these 4-lane / 6-lane National Freeways:

(1) Kathipara interchange on a national freeway system in Chennai (southern India):


source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../Kathipara.jpg

(2) Pune Bypass - part of a national freeway system bypassing Pune (western India)


source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...3/Modimg20.jpg

(3) Somewhere in central India along the EWNS freeway (national highway 75):


source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../c/c6/NH75.jpg

(4) NH7 (national freeway) somewhere in Central India:


source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../e/e0/Nh_7.jpg

(5) National highway in western India:


source: http://www.walkthroughindia.com/wp-c...Expressway.jpg

Also, where did the number 650 km arrive for India? There are 1000 km of national expressways in India. I'll post some pictures of the completed expressways as well. Just want to ensure we have the correct numbers.

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Also, where did the number 650 km arrive for India? There are 1000 km of national expressways in India. I'll post some pictures of the completed expressways as well. Just want to ensure we have the correct numbers.
The list quoted was 2 years old. The current number of expressways in India is about 1180 kilometers.
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