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Old May 21st, 2015, 05:45 AM   #2461
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It seems absurdly common fatal truck accidents in that area probably even the E19
I remember one when I was there and seen some on this site since
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Old May 26th, 2015, 09:52 PM   #2462
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Lots of ugly crashes today.

E34 at Zoersel.


E17 at Aalbeke.


E34 at Zelzate.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:27 PM   #2463
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When will they reopen A601 in Liège?
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Old May 26th, 2015, 11:39 PM   #2464
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Lots of ugly crashes today.

And lorries are involved in all of them...again.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #2465
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When will they reopen A601 in Liège?
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Pour des raisons de sécurité, les autoroutes A601 et A601.926 (entre HERSTAL et JUPRELLE) ont dû être fermées en urgence.
Les déviations se font via l'échangeur de VOTTEM.
That's the only message I could find and it dates back of December 2014. My guess is the Walloon government doesn't have the money (or don't want to have) to renovate this road. The viaducts in this road look like a total mess with cracks and concrete falling off. They are in total disrepair. The road will probably stay closed for a very long time.(read: years if not forever)

meanwhile on google maps, they scrapped the road out of existence:

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Old May 27th, 2015, 01:11 AM   #2466
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It's curious they made that road in the first place. It's a nice short cut, but only a little bit shorter...
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Old May 27th, 2015, 01:19 AM   #2467
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Acces roads at VOTTEM are extremely small and trucks are almost the same width as the lanes. The northbound lane (towards Hasselt/Antwerp) at VOTTEM also has a sharp bend at the beginning that causes traffic to slam the brakes rather hard. There is almost no space to merge because of the brigde just before the northbound exit. This gives a lot of traffic slowing down causing jams at VOTTEM. I drove their just this monday and around 7PM when I was returning from Köln, I found myself in very slow traffic at VOTTEM and once past VOTTEM there was free flowing traffic.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 01:31 AM   #2468
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Yeah especially with the standard cloverleaf design
But they could have just made Vottem interchange properly

Oh well hopefully they will fix the road properly. But it seems so crazy to call that thing an autoroute, it is just an exit ramp
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Old May 27th, 2015, 02:13 AM   #2469
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I know, it should have gotten a B number, like the other highway stubs in Belgium. There is another such road in Liège: A604. Also should have gotton a B number.

But there are more short roads with 3-digit A number in Belgium: A501 and A503 for instance.

A501 infact is almost Identical in purpose of the A 601
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Old May 27th, 2015, 10:44 AM   #2470
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It was designed in the early 1960s as the Antwerpen - East Belgium motorway. It opened in 1964 from Hasselt to the German border.

At that time E314 to the Dutch border wasn't completed yet, so this was the main route to (southern) Germany from Antwerpen. As they forecasted high truck volumes, this little A601 made a lot of sense to relieve the Vottem cloverleaf, which is a simple cloverleaf with no C/D lanes on either E40 or E313.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 11:58 AM   #2471
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There is another such road in Liège: A604. Also should have gotton a B number.
It was meant to be R7.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #2472
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A601 should reopen once the Haut-Sarts industrial area starts expanding.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 05:11 PM   #2473
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I read somewhere they wanted an extra exit on the A601 for Haut-Sarts but i guess that won't happen now.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 02:17 PM   #2474
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I know, it should have gotten a B number, like the other highway stubs in Belgium. There is another such road in Liège: A604. Also should have gotton a B number.

But there are more short roads with 3-digit A number in Belgium: A501 and A503 for instance.

A501 infact is almost Identical in purpose of the A 601

B numbers are always given to acces roads to highways (the exit of a A/E numbered road to a N numbered road). Not a single B number is given to a connection between two A/E roads. I think that's why the A601 has a A number rather than a B number. (Also: most B numbered roads are not highways, though some are: like B401).

A604 on the other hand indeed should have a B number. But as sotonsi said, that road never intended to be a local acces road. It supposed to be part of the R7 with connections to other highways.

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Old June 3rd, 2015, 05:34 PM   #2475
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My commute;

Featuring local, regional, national roads and highways.
Featuring roads with all kinds of surface, from new smooth asphalt and concrete to old crumbling asphalt and 50 year old bumpy concrete slab roads

Direactions and main roads are named in the video.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 06:43 PM   #2476
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R71 Hasselt.
Today I made a short trip around this ringroad. I believe this is the first video online of this Ringroad.

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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:43 PM   #2477
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Liège

I recorded a video of the former transit route through Liège. For a long time there was no bypass for north-south traffic from Maastricht to Luxembourg, so E25 traffic had to go through the city. This is quite a quick route through Liège, it took me only 10 minutes to get from A25 to E25. It's probably even faster than taking E40 / E25 around the city.

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Old June 11th, 2015, 09:53 PM   #2478
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Didn't you shoot a video of this very route back when you started in this business?
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Old June 11th, 2015, 10:26 PM   #2479
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I think so, probably with my photo camera 8 years ago or so.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 10:21 PM   #2480
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E34 pavement has buckled near the Dutch border.

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