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Old March 28th, 2009, 06:48 PM   #381
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A28 / N81 Arlon - Longwy

The A28 is one of the least known Belgian motorways. Not a surprise, since it's only a couple of kilometers long, and lies outside the main routes. It is near Aubange, in the extreme southeastern Belgium, near the borders of France and Luxembourg.

Together with the N81 expressway it's part of an alternative route from Arlon to Metz via Longwy, you can detour possible traffic congestion in Luxembourg.

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1. Beginning of the N81 2x2 expressway just south of the E25 in Arlon.
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2. The Wolkerange exit is just before this entrance, but it looks like you have to go the wrong way here.
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3. There are roundabouts on the N81. Traffic volumes are low.
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4. Another roundabout on the industrial zone.
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5. Typical Belgian road signs. Also seen in many other countries.
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6. Closed exit at the time. (June 13th, 2007)
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7. It's really a shame we don't have many of such roads in NL.
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8. Bébange roundabout.
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9. Southern Ardennes here. Elevations are low though.
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10. Exit Aubange, start of A28 motorway.
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11. Time for some cleaning here
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12. Very narrow offramp
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13. Start of A28
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14. Another Aubange exit.
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15. Road quality is pretty bad, A28 is one of the worst motorways in Belgium. Not a high priority either.
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16. This picture almost could have been take in the 1960's.
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17. 2km until the French border.
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18. Last exit in Belgium, Pétange is in Luxembourg.
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19. Border ahead.
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20. Exit N804
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21. The French border!
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22. Entering France. Speed limit 110
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23. N18 exit.
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24. In the Lorraine.
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25. This is N218.
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26. Longlaville exit.
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27. End of the expressway already.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:29 PM   #382
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Man, this looks like some third world country

I've heard that the Walloon government is going to invest more money in their roads. About bloody time!
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Old March 28th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #383
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Where do they get that money from? Flanders?
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Old March 28th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #384
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This road looks really poor
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Old March 28th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #385
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The A28 is rather pointlessly a motorway - it's not a motorway on the French side, just an N road (quite why they can't just extend the A30, I don't know). I'm guessing that more was planned? There's also the strange thing of the Luxembourg A13 and that not connecting to the A28, but dying just before the border.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 02:25 AM   #386
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Nice detour of Luxembourg.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 02:34 AM   #387
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Wallonian highways are so typical: bad patched pavement, tropical vegetation, old and rusty roadsigns and barriers...
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Old March 29th, 2009, 02:52 AM   #388
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I like the tropical vegetation... until I miss an exit.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 09:27 PM   #389
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When was road N38 (Ieper-french border) built ?

It was good road
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 12:25 PM   #390
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This motorway needs some restoration (almost in all parts)
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 12:27 PM   #391
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I've read that the E411 is actually routed via the N81/A28 here, but it isn't signed as you can see. It's supposed to end on the E44 immediatly across the border.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 06:41 PM   #392
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I have an old map where it's dotted from A28 to the east around Messancy to E25, it never happened tough.... Some of my relatives say they where poorly constructed in the first time, as E25/E411 has recently been completly renovated - and this is not that old a motorway, late 80's perhaps?

What is the speed-limit for these kind of 4 lane national roads? Are they 90 or 120? Some of them are not even divided....
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Old April 5th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #393
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Some random pics of belgian motorways:

Traffic jam on the Antwerp ring


southern entrance of the Craeybeckxtunnel south of Antwerp


HDR photo of the E19 south of Antwerp


A54 near Charleroi




N5 with downtown Charleroi on the background


R9 'Petite Ceinture' around the center of Charleroi, a one-way ringroad




View on Charleroi from the R9
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Old April 6th, 2009, 12:25 AM   #394
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What's the name of that long viaduct/bridge on Brussel's Ring ?
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Old April 6th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #395
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I think you mean the 'Viaduct van Vilvoorde' in the northern part of the ring.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 02:49 AM   #396
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In and around Brussels

Chaussee de Charleroi:


Traffic jam on the R20 with Madou Plaza in sight.


A one-way street with five lanes, the Rue Belliard. This photo could just as easy been taken in NYC and makes me think of Amsterdam as a village.


Entrance to the Belliardtunnel:


This tunnel connects the city centre with..:


The E40 towards Leuven


While driving back home I stumbled upon a true 1x3 road with suicide lane, the N2 between Leuven and Diest. Driving it was a new experience for me:
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Old April 6th, 2009, 04:01 AM   #397
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Is it true that Belgium hasn't built a motorway in over 10 years?
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Old April 6th, 2009, 10:12 AM   #398
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Is it true that Belgium hasn't built a motorway in over 10 years?
Well, they completed the E25 in Liège, which is quite important in my opinion. I'm not sure of the exact opening date, but it was somewhere early 2000's.

And I'm not sure how old the E429 Halle - Tournai is, it looked pretty new.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 01:27 PM   #399
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Belgian motorways are my favourite

Oh, BTW I will upload this picture of Belgian style eco crashbarrier
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Old April 6th, 2009, 11:47 PM   #400
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We don't call those lanes "suicide lanes". Basically, we don't even have a special name for them. It's just a lane you can use to overtake a slow moving vehicle.

Sure, it can get ugly if two drivers want to pass and aren't willing to give up, but in most cases, they're handy to have. Better of course is to just have a 2x2 road, but we often lack the place for those due to our bad planning in the past (and we're not really improving).

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