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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #1261
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Very interesting. The A3 has fascinated me since I was looking at maps... So remote, so mountainous and so few interchanges with other motorways. (I'm used to interchanges being 40 - 60km apart, not 400 km)
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #1262
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For me it is still my favourite Italian motorway despite numerous construction sites, one-lane traffic sections and generally pretty bad condition. It is picturesque and full of magnificent landscape views and has some really impressive objects.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:46 PM   #1263
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Lis of tunnels and viaducts on this and others motorways: http://www.lotsberg.net/data/italia/A03.html

Other lists: http://www.motorways-exitlists.com/
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:50 PM   #1264
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how much will new A3 follow the route of an old one?
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #1265
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Why don't they just renovate the old one?
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Old August 27th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #1266
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And...why don't keep both open?
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Old August 27th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #1267
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how much will new A3 follow the route of an old one?
On that section almost nowhere, except on the top and on the bottom of that section. Renovating old section is impossible, because it is too curvy and objects are too much deteriorated. Also most slope viaducts are an eyesore looking from the seacoast. Impressive, but just too massive.

From my previous trip two years ago:

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Old August 27th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #1268
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A3 San Mango d'Aquino - Pian del Lago:
Another interesting part in terms of numerous viaducts and tunnels is south of large city Consenza. It follows very narrow and winding valley and climbs up to 640 m above sea. Pictures taken in direction of Salerno, northbound.

Some construction in the beginning, end part of about 10 km long section under reconstruction:














Cooling in the scarce shadow at 36°C:






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Old August 27th, 2009, 08:36 PM   #1269
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A3 Lauria - Padula, 31 km long section under reconstruction, traffic flowing only on 1+1 the whole way. You need about 1 hour to traverse it, in "normal" traffic, because it is very hilly. I can't imagine what happened on most intensive ferragosto weekends.

(just three pictures taken northbound, July 2009)




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Old August 27th, 2009, 11:20 PM   #1270
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After all these wonderful picture let's understand what is the situation of this endlessly under construction highway




In green the finisched parts, yellow U/C, orange and blu soon to start construction, red not started yet.

As you can see, this highway is probably the most difficult to build in Europe: 430 km of tunnels and bridges in a land - Calabria - which is friable in all its parts. On top of that, there is that little mafia problem in one of the most intensively mafia-dominated areas of Italy
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Old August 27th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #1271
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There is moreover the plan to build a new "superstrada" on the ionian coast, a challenge even greater than this one probably. Here the state of the project. Same concept as the previous one. One of the most important piece will soon start to be built (in blu) connecting (almost) the adritic highways to the Salerno-Reggio

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Old August 27th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #1272
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The distance on A3 between A30 in Salerno and the end in Reggio Calabria is 443 kilometers. Gotta be the longest section of a motorway in Europe between a motorway-class road and an end without another motorway interchange.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 12:23 AM   #1273
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The distance on A3 between A30 in Salerno and the end in Reggio Calabria is 443 kilometers. Gotta be the longest section of a motorway in Europe between a motorway-class road and an end without another motorway interchange.
where do you interchange? the entire stretch of Calabria is a line of mountains. Only mountains from top to bottom. High and difficult mountains, it's very difficult to build a nort-south highway imagine a west-east one. Besides there is very little to connect to....entire Calabria has 2 million people leaving sparsely in small villages and towns far from each other

Anyway there is a RA (motorway-like) to go to Potenza...the Salerno-Reggio starts much earlier

Another expressway connection is the one to go to Catanzaro. Finally another one will be built north of Cosenza to connect the highway to the adriatic (see above map).

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Old August 28th, 2009, 12:02 PM   #1274
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A superstrada on the Ionian coast is a crazy idea, I don't think that will get finished in my life time!
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Old August 28th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #1275
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Old August 28th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #1276
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A superstrada on the Ionian coast is a crazy idea, I don't think that will get finished in my life time!
Well you see...I believe after Italy will finish A3 in Calabria they will start investing heavily on the ionian superstrada

Actually the first piece has been already improved in the past years: from Taranto (end of A14) to the border of Calabria, intersecting the Potenza-Ionian superstrada (connected to the A3)

From there soon construction will start on the blu section in the map above, in order to connect the ionian "superstrada" to A3 north of Cosenza. This is importan in order to connect Apulia, Basilicata to the Calabria and Sicily.

Some other minor sections as you can se are U/C near Catanzaro (prolonging another existing superstrada)

The other sections will likely be built after A3 is completed, if anything
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Old August 28th, 2009, 01:58 PM   #1277
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Well, at least it'll be a route with spectacular views
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Old August 30th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #1279
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I need to go again on that beautiful coast. Someday.

Back to A3, some recently renovated parts are however excellent in contrary to decaying, almost 40 years old motorway.

A3 Polla-interchange with SS407 (superstrada for Potenza) - northbound. You can see some considerable changes in alignment from old to new in Google Maps/Earth with "Roads" layer turned on:




As you can see, hard shoulder is present through whole length of motorway, even in tunnels, no matter of their length. SOS nichés are frequent too.

Renovated part of A3 south of Vibo Valentia:


Shiny, wide and bright new tunnels in contrast to old, narrow and dark ones:
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is that renovated old A3 or completely new section?
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