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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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[B] Belgium | road infrastructure • autoroutes & autosnelwegen

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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this is an ordinary Michelin map
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:16 AM   #3
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Projects U/C

Transformation of the N49 expressway Antwerp-Northsea to a normal motorway, the A11/E34, is slowly making progress. Between Antwerp and Zelzate, there is only one same-level crossing left, near Kruisstraat.

Another big project is the prestigious Oosterweelbridge which, when completed, should close the inner ring road of Antwerp.



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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:18 AM   #4
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true, but he stitched it together from little printscreens. quite a bit of work
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A605

A new stretch of motorway east of Liege should enable trough-traffic to travel southwards alot faster
The future A605 connects the E40 with the E25

Clickable maps with the proposed trace (in french)
http://www.liaisoncerexhebeaufays.be/trace.php
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Congrats fot the new thread ! Is it true that Belgian motorways are all lit up?
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 10:44 PM   #7
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Congrats fot the new thread ! Is it true that Belgian motorways are all lit up?
Not all. Some newer aren't lit, and in fact, in the Ardennes, only intersections are lit at night, and sometimes it's all dark. But they used to lit the whole damn freeway.

As far as i know, the E40 De Panne - Oostende and E403 Brugge - Tournai aren't lit, and don't have lampposts either.
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Belgium



Belgium has a very extensive motorway system, one of the densest in the world. Most motorways are 2x3 lanes, and the amount of trucktraffic is incredible. However, traffic jams do occur often around Brussels and Antwerp.
In the French-speaking Wallonie region are less traffic jams, but mostly the right 2 lanes are taken by trucks, so traffic can be busy, especially around Liège, Namur, Charleroi and Mons.

The map above shows the A and R-3 numbers. A means Autoroute/Autosnelweg (sometimes called Autostrade), and R-numbers represent the Ringroads, which isn't nessecarily a motorway standards road.

However, in daily use, the European E-numbers are used. A numbers only appear on signs when there isn't an E-number, and A-numbers can be found on every milemarker in Belgium, despite being an E-route.

The Brussels ringroad is the R0, this is the busiest road in Belgium. Fast after that, we see the Antwerp R1, which is very busy as well, because of the lack of better ringroads around the city.

The E313 has only 2x2 lanes, and is crowded with trucks, so traffic jams in excess of 20km occur often here.


This is a map of the more daily used E-numbers.

Some Autoroutes in Wallonie do have names, like the E42 is the Autoroute de Wallonie and the E411 is the Autoroute des Ardennes. The A54 is named La Caroloregienne.

The Belgian non-motorway network is quite extensive too, sometimes with 2x2 lanes and a 120km/h limit. Some are very motorway-like, like the N25 between Louvain-la-Neuve and Nivelles, or the N97 near Dinant.

Unlike the Netherlands, Belgian cities tends to have a lot of suburbs, which create a lot of traffic. The busy Antwerp port generates a lot of truck traffic along the E19, E34 and E313.

Belgium is one of the busiest transitcountries in Europe. The quality of the roads was extremely poor a few years ago, with almost every Autoroute filled with potholes and trackformation, however, most of that has changed, but there are some worse motorways still leftover. Maintenance wasn't much of an issue the last 30 years, so there is a lot of construction to do. Motorways like the E25 and the E411 to the south are completely renovated, and of good quality now.
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I'll start with a photoserie of the E313, the main motorway between Liège and Antwerp. It has a lot of truck traffic, so photographing was difficult sometimes.

Pictures taken yesterday (friday, June 22nd).

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Projects U/C

Transformation of the N49 expressway Antwerp-Northsea to a normal motorway, the A11/E34, is slowly making progress. Between Antwerp and Zelzate, there is only one same-level crossing left, near Kruisstraat.

Another big project is the prestigious Oosterweelbridge which, when completed, should close the inner ring road of Antwerp.



Those are outdated impressions. Here's the latest:





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Old June 24th, 2007, 12:01 PM   #11
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A604 Seraing / Liège

The A604 is a short connector from the E42 motorway to the dirty industrial suburb of Seraing. For some reason, the 2nd song leftout, it was appropriate called "The Traveler". The video is taken in both directions.

Youtube, 9:37 mins


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Old June 24th, 2007, 12:07 PM   #12
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I don't think the Oosterweelconnection will solve traffic jams completely, it always end at the 2x4 R1 near Merksem. However, it might relieve the jammed R1 south of interchange Antwerpen-Oost (Antwerp-East).

Even better would be an extended tollfree R2 from the E17 to the E19, either north or south of Antwerp.

And the E313 has to be widend fast from Lummen to Antwerp, all lanes are taken by trucks, making the 120km/h limit quite useless.
And signage have to be better near Antwerp-East, you see trucks there over all 5 lanes searching their way to their directions.
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Old June 24th, 2007, 05:02 PM   #13
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I'll start with a photoserie of the E313, the main motorway between Liège and Antwerp. It has a lot of truck traffic, so photographing was difficult sometimes.

Pictures taken yesterday (friday, June 22nd).

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With all the bushes, trees and uncut grass it feels quite abandoned. While I like green plants around motorways, they should not obstruct traffic signs. Does anybody maintain motorways?
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Pavement on Belgian motorways is (one of the) worst I've ever encountered (or at least between Aachen (D) and Brussels, can't remember Brussels-Luxembourg (L)), when I was there in 2005. I hope things have really improved.
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Old June 24th, 2007, 06:17 PM   #15
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Things have improved. The E25 Liège - Luxembourg and E411 Brussels - Luxembourg have been completely renovated.

The E40 Aachen - Brussels is old concrete, which is very noisy, but not very bumpy.

They build some motorways in the eighties, which they had to cutback on budget, so some motorways aren't build with foundation. Within 10 years, holes appeared all over these motorways. Now they are renovated.
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Not all. Some newer aren't lit, and in fact, in the Ardennes, only intersections are lit at night, and sometimes it's all dark. But they used to lit the whole damn freeway.

As far as i know, the E40 De Panne - Oostende and E403 Brugge - Tournai aren't lit, and don't have lampposts either.
I see... and I thought that all of them were lit up... Anyway thanx.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 02:12 PM   #17
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E25 Beaufays - Liège - Loncin (E40)
First the huge descent to the Meuse river Valley, the windy track through the big city with all it's tunnels and bridges and finally onto the E40/E42 interchange (Échangeur de Loncin). Definatly one of the most spectacular urban Motorways in Belgium to drive on. It's quite new, the section is from the 2000's.

Part 1

Part 2
(because of the length divided in 2 sections)

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Old June 25th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #18
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^Nice videos. I didn't know that Belgium has such beautiful scenery..(at the beginning of the section)
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Old June 25th, 2007, 02:38 PM   #19
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Outside the dirty cities like Liège and Charleroi, the Southern Wallonie area is very beautiful and actually quite high, sometimes over 600m, with deep river valleys. It's an important tourist attraction. You can even ski here in winter.
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What I hate by Belgian roads, is 'nationalistic' signage. How am I supposed to know that Anvers is Antwerpen, or that Luik is Liège?
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