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Old October 26th, 2010, 11:57 AM   #721
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E34 Meldegen-Antwerp's ring.



I'd rather copy information from Wiki to let you understand it easily, than create anything by myself .

By the early 1990s the western portion of the route, between Antwerp and the coast, was a dual carriageway with frequent intersections, the more busy of which were controlled by traffic lights and marked by 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph) speed limits. Starting at the Antwerp end, this part of the E 34 has more recently been progressively upgraded with junctions either eliminated or else replaced by motorway-style intersections. The road is still of sub-motorway quality between the coast and Zelzate, but to the east of the road tunnel under the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, the upgrade is virtually complete. The upgrade from National road to Autoroute quality has been reflected in a name change, from N49 to A11: in terms of national road numbers, as long as the upgrade remains incomplete, the two names are currently used interchangeably or together (N49-A11) when referring to the full length between Antwerp and Zeebrugge. In Belgium the E route numbers are given prominence at least equal to nationally assigned road numbers, so that in practice the road may be marked, using all three names, as the N49-E 34-A11. Locally the road is often referred to more simply as the expressway (den expresweg).

I drove on this road about 4 years ago. Back then most of it had concreted surface in very bad condition. What it looks like now? Have a look:

This part of E34 is signed as N49 because it still does not meet motorway's regulations.




























Motorway A11 starts from the next picture.

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Old October 26th, 2010, 12:07 PM   #722
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I think, it means "works on hard shoulder"










Unfortunately, going to one of Belgian-Dutch border crossing, I missed most impressive piece of enginering on this road which is tunnel under Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.

















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Old October 26th, 2010, 12:24 PM   #723
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I had chosen to drive on ring 2 with an intention to make some nice pics of toll section of this road, unfortunately(again) my camera displayed communicate: memory is full. There was no place to park a car anywhere since then, so I could not erase unwanted pictures.. I paid bloody 5.50 euros to cross tunnels with hope that the rest of Antwerp's ring is clear. Unfortunately(!) it wasn't!





Next pics come from Antwerp's ring and E34 to the Dutch border.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #724
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Queues likely.
















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Old October 26th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #725
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E34 Antwerp-Dutch border.









































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Old October 26th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #726
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It means "Works in Desteldonk", where Desteldonk is most likely the name of an exit on the motorway.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #727
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Exactly!

http://maps.google.pl/maps?f=q&sourc...33023&t=h&z=16

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Old October 28th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #728
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To whom it may concern I am posting a link to my album.
I know some users can't see picasa's images for unknown reasons.

http://picasaweb.google.pl/109480072...eat=directlink
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Old October 30th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #729
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My newest creation, a less known freeway which is part of the ringroad of Brussels.

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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:29 PM   #730
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One of my favorite (4-lane) roads is in Brussels:


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5590983 by foggie


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8024047 by Paduamesmo
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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:52 PM   #731
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Ah N3, not a very common route to take if you don't live in the eastern suburbs. Most through traffic uses nearby N4 or R0.

This is also interesting, near Tervuren, a wildly oversized divided highway, probably dating back from the pre-automobile era. It ends at a palace.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #732
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Ah N3, not a very common route to take if you don't live in the eastern suburbs.
I don't know, we used it from Brussels to Luxembourg. You can also enter motorway from it.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #733
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Unexpected congestion can be very dangerous:

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Old November 18th, 2010, 12:41 AM   #734
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Unexpected congestion can be very dangerous:
That's unbelievable.

They should reduce the speed limit to 50 km/h well ahead of the road works. Just warning signs is not enough; they shouldn't just blame the drivers.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 04:56 AM   #735
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That's unbelievable.

They should reduce the speed limit to 50 km/h well ahead of the road works. Just warning signs is not enough; they shouldn't just blame the drivers.
That wouldn't work either. What you really need is variable signaling. An otherwise unreasonable low speed limit will divert awareness. This problem is particularly serious in tunnels prone to congestion, like this:

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Old November 18th, 2010, 02:37 PM   #736
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That's unbelievable.

They should reduce the speed limit to 50 km/h well ahead of the road works. Just warning signs is not enough; they shouldn't just blame the drivers.
Believe me, it is signed well ahead of road works... People just don't give as sh*t and keep driving at 120 when 70 or 50 is allowed...

I don't know if anyone has seen telefacts on VTM? Have you seen how these roadworkers run back and forward over 3 or 4 lanes of 100km/h traffic?
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Old November 18th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #737
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Believe me, it is signed well ahead of road works... People just don't give as sh*t and keep driving at 120 when 70 or 50 is allowed...
It absolutely doesn't work to post a 50 or 70 km/h limit 2 km before the actual roadworks begin. Nobody takes it serious. The only thing that can prevent stuff like this is motorway traffic management, placed at 600 m intervals, not 2 km intervals.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 10:37 PM   #738
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joshsam: I've recorded that section, I'll put it online soon.

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Old November 19th, 2010, 12:38 PM   #739
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joshsam: I've recorded that section, I'll put it online soon.

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Great make sure to put the link in this tread!
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Old November 19th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #740
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I certainly will YouTube's upload system was down yesterday, but uploading seems to work fine now. Expect the link in about 20 minutes.

EDIT: here we go, the dangerous bit starts at 7:45



EDIT2: are you guys interested in subtitles? It's not that much work putting those, but I'm not sure whether it's really needed...

EDIT3: subtitles are added.

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