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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #2101
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Some parts have already been done, but there are major works planned for this year.

Some parts of E34 look like this:
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:44 PM   #2102
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Stretch between Antwerp and Zelzate (motorway) looked like this in 2008 yet. I drove there in October 2010 and it was fine:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...5#post65990485

Pictures got smaller for unknown reason but are still readable.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #2103
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between Zelzate and Antwerpen
Only between Antwerp and Melsele (that's between R1 and R2)

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which is in quite poor condition (maybe the worst in Flanders).
this is absolutely true. Last week they had to close the highway because of a car accident that happened because of a sunk piece of road ...


More info on the planned road reconstruction (in Flanders) this year:


19 constructions sites, 170km of highway at a cost of nearly 90 millions
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #2104
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The E34 conversion to a motorway is quite slow unfortunately. They just do one intersection at a time. They will also start some major rehabilitation projects along the existing part between Zelzate and Antwerpen which is in quite poor condition (maybe the worst in Flanders).
After E34 towards Eindhoven.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #2105
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How many km of motorway are in Belgium?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:31 PM   #2106
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1.763 km
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #2107
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Thanks, so the number is the same as in 2007.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #2108
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Yep, the same as 2000 as well.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 03:06 PM   #2109
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Old January 10th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #2110
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Yep, the same as 2000 as well.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:40 AM   #2111
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A video of R30, the city-ring of Bruges (Brugge):
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 02:16 PM   #2112
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Nice video! An immage of Bruges many people will think doesn't exist.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 03:05 PM   #2113
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Next one: N31 Brugge - Zeebrugge!
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Old April 25th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #2114
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boom! 2 hours delay on R1 and 1.5 hour on A11/E34.


cause:
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Old April 25th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #2115
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Boom! seems to be a fine description indeed
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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #2116
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You thought Los Angeles traffic was bad? Think again, Brussels and Antwerp have the worst traffic congestion in the world.

http://www.inrix.com/Scorecard/
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Old April 26th, 2013, 01:39 AM   #2117
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All Belgians knew that allready xD. On a more serious note. We need to build more motorways soon or face total gridlock. R0 and R1 need bypasses and widenings really badly
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Old April 26th, 2013, 02:12 AM   #2118
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They should build an "outer eastern bypass" linking Wavre-Louvain-Zandhoven-Brecht.

Converting the remaining A12 sectors that are non-highway would help a lot.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #2119
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For the record, this was actually the planned motorway network in the seventies:

(source: wegen-routes.be)

Here are some close-ups of these plans.

This was how the R2 was planned:

This actually differs a bit from the first map, where it has a spiral shape.
A motorway between Ekeren and Wommelgem was also planned (A102). Today only the nothern section of the R2 running through the port is built.
Currently, there are propositions to build the A102 and extend the R2 to connect to the E17 in Beveren as an alternative to the Oosterweel plans.

The roadnetwork around Brussels

The A11 was originally planned to run parrallel to the E40 from Brussels to Dendermonde. You can see also a southern extension of the Brussels ring R0. And the A8 (E429) had to connect to the R0 in Anderlecht instead of Halle.
The Anderlecht interchange was actually built, but it now just an oversized exit: http://goo.gl/maps/F14Ad

The planned road network around Mechelen.

The R6 Mechelen ringroad was originally planned as motorway.
Parallel to the current E19, there is also a motorway coming from Leuven, passing by Mechelen and connecting to the R2.

The province of West-Vlaanderen.

We can see the A9, which is actually built, but only from Kortrijk to Ieper. It's current number is A19.
The A71 is also built as A17 (E403), but it's route is changed to run more to the east. Instead of passing west from Brugge, it currently conencts to the E40 south of Brugge.
Other never-built roads on this map is a road running from Waragem to Diksmuide passing by north of Roeselare, and the missing nothern section of the R8 (ringroad of Kortrijk).

Province of Limburg.

This road was planned as the A24 Hasselt-Eindhoven. The section between Houthalen and the Dutch border is built, but does not have motorway restrictions, it's currently known as N74. However, it does have the same look & feel as a motorway.

Finally, the Charleroi region.

The A6 was never built. It was supposed to be a second connection between Brussels and Charleroi and connect to the R3 ringroad. The R3 is actually built.

Map source: Pierre Berquin

Most of these were a bit exaggerated in my opinion, however, some of these plans (like the R2 around Antwerp) could solve many traffic problems that exist today. It seems the planners in those periods were very forward-looking.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #2120
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Will they ever extend the A19 to Veurne? I've found that a lot of locals use the A25 in France instead...
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