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Old November 18th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #161
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Road 49 between Bandar-e-Anzali and Rezvanshahr. Road 49 continues all the way until Astara on the border of Azerbaijan. Most of the traffic to Azerbaijan is actually by-passing Rasht and Bandar-e-Anzali along the new road which is joining road 49 north of Rezvanshahr.

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The coast of Caspian Sea is parallel to the road and some 100 m to the right.
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127 km to the border of Azerbaijan
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The road is turning to the south-east towards the Alborz Mountains
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Rezvanshahr
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Old January 10th, 2011, 12:20 PM   #162
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Hemmat expressway in Tehran



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Old January 13th, 2011, 01:50 AM   #163
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So what exactly were you expecting? Camels and donkeys on dirt roads?
No, but one thing that does look a tad anachronistic to me is the use of cloverleaf interchanges, without C/D roads. In Western countries such interchanges are no longer built due to excessive land take and problems with weaving traffic. I presume most of Iran's freeways are recent, as car ownership levels only recently became high enough to justify them.

Another thing -- it seems surprising (especially given recent political history) how much British influence there is on the signage:
  • The Latin-script text uses the Transport font, as on British signs.
  • Freeway signs are in blue, signs for other major roads are in green. (The Iranian green seems a bit lighter than the British green though).
  • The "fork" signs for exit slip roads, and the countdown markers (bars only, not mainland Europe style markers with numbers of metres above).
  • Pointed direction signs with a chevron arrow at the junction itself.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #164
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I presume most of Iran's freeways are recent, as car ownership levels only recently became high enough to justify them.
Many freeways in Iran are not so recent and some are in fact pre-1979, when Iran was a close ally of the Western world. At that time truck traffic between Europe and Iran was at its peak, with hundreds of trucks going there daily. This was the golden era of trucking to M/E countries, starting from the first run by Astran in 1963, from London to Kabul, till the end of 80's.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #165
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Misc. pictures of Tehran's highways and expressways.

http://tehranlive.org/2011/01/18/teh...now/#more-2889


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Old January 22nd, 2011, 06:54 PM   #166
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Recently built highways in E. Tehran









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Old February 4th, 2011, 05:59 PM   #167
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Snow and slippery surface at Road 79 today.





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Old February 15th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #168
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Awesome roads in Iran! About prejudgments, I also live on a third world country, but seen as a "well developing country" one, developed countries tend to think good about us. In general, freeways looks similar as the ones who I drive, except by the snow, and the crazy drivers, of course haha.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 05:04 PM   #169
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This is a complete map of road numbers in Iran. If you have any info about these numbers specially freeways and 3-digit number roads please tell me so I can update the map.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:04 PM   #170
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god damn, never even thought about it snowing in Tehran
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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:43 AM   #171
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What does this mean ? As a foreigner you think "what the heck ??" when you see a sign like this...
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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:27 AM   #172
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This is a complete map of road numbers in Iran. If you have any info about these numbers specially freeways and 3-digit number roads please tell me so I can update the map.
http://v5.cache2.c.bigcache.googleap...rect_counter=1
Is there also a version with Arabic numerals (0123456789)?
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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:42 PM   #173
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What does this mean ? As a foreigner you think "what the heck ??" when you see a sign like this...
It's probably a sign showing the beginning of restricted area for certain cars at the central Tehran. Due to huge pollution central Tehran is closed for many private cars at certain times of day. I can't remember the exact rules anymore. I can read only numbers from the sign and seems that the restriction is from 6.30 to 18.00.
I'm pretty sure that few foreign cars driving in Tehran are not forced to follow this restriction. So no problem when I can't read the sign
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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:46 PM   #174
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Is there also a version with Arabic numerals (0123456789)?
These are the Arabic numerals
The Persian version of Arabic numerals
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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #175
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It's probably a sign showing the beginning of restricted area for certain cars at the central Tehran. Due to huge pollution central Tehran is closed for many private cars at certain times of day.
The main problem in Iran is that nearly all vehicles run on leaded(!) fuel. This can also be seen in the statistics, 80% of the air pollution in Tehran is due to transportation, while this is only 5 - 15% in western cities.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #176
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No, but one thing that does look a tad anachronistic to me is the use of cloverleaf interchanges, without C/D roads. In Western countries such interchanges are no longer built due to excessive land take and problems with weaving traffic. I presume most of Iran's freeways are recent, as car ownership levels only recently became high enough to justify them.
Those are some fantastic photos, especially where the freeway cuts through the mountains!

I'm not sure about cloverleaves - where there is not too much turning traffic a cloverleaf can be a fine solution, such as an interchange with a non-freeway that needs more than a diamond but doesn't need anything more elaborate.

The British get rather snooty about cloverleaves, but seem happy with motorway-to-motorway roundabout interchanges which are inferior in my opinion as they are not even free-flowing.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 01:24 PM   #177
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These are the Arabic numerals
The Persian version of Arabic numerals
The persian numerals are litterally called indian numerals and europeans= numerals are called arabic numerals
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Old August 31st, 2011, 01:33 PM   #178
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Is there also a version with Arabic numerals (0123456789)?
I've edited the map myself.
Persian numerals are easy:
1 = ۱
2 = ۲
3 = ۳
4 = ۴
5 = ۵
6 = ۶
7 = ۷
8 = ۸
9 = ۹

But I also will start to convert the numbers BTW
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What does this mean ? As a foreigner you think "what the heck ??" when you see a sign like this...
It says Traffic Restriction zone
No one is allowed between 6:30 and 17:00
200 m
except allowed vehicles and hollidays
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The persian numerals are litterally called indian numerals and europeans= numerals are called arabic numerals
It's the same system essentially (it originated of course with the Hindus of India). I think the use of the term "Arabic numerals" to describe the numerals used in the West is a misnomer -- "Maghrebi numerals" would be more accurate
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