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Old October 6th, 2014, 12:31 AM   #7101
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I see your point but in general I just don't like exonyms (referring only to geographical names); they seem a bit fake, especially in contrast with my way of intending travel as blending with the local culture. But this is a very personal vision.

Therefore you are authorized to kick me if you'll ever see me write "Filadelfia"
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Old October 6th, 2014, 12:32 AM   #7102
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It's only the most important places, generally speaking (and small towns in Belgium), that have exonyms, so why not take their existence as a point of pride? In French, I refer to Philadelphia as Philadelphie.

Talking of understanding other languages, and of Belgium, I've been listening to the VRT all weekend. (Not literally all weekend, but for an hour or so here and there.) http://radioplus.be/#/radio1

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Now, I know we're off topic and I'll behave now. :-) Time for a nap anyway.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 12:36 AM   #7103
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Hey, guys, I, as a native Hungarian speaker, if I speak with someone in Hungarian about Germany, I would never, never use the German names of the regions (Bundesländer) (as for cities it's simple because not any German city has a Hungarian exonym). I can't get the idea why should those names be used in German, if we speak/write in English.
Alright, I'm a very very tolerant man, so I can accept that if you don't know the English version of a name, you use it in German (Michael wouldn't be so tolerant, I suppose ;-)). But to force using the German names although writing in English is simply crazy.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 12:40 AM   #7104
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I'm tolerant of most things. Being corrected by foreigners on the use of my own language is an exception.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 12:44 AM   #7105
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I see your point but in general I just don't like exonyms (referring only to geographical names); they seem a bit fake, especially in contrast with my way of intending travel as blending with the local culture. But this is a very personal vision.

Therefore you are authorized to kick me if you'll ever see me write "Filadelfia"
OK, there are exonyms which are almost unknown. E.g. the Polish city of Wroclaw has a Hungarian name Boroszló (spring from the German Breslau), but the Polish name is much more known in Hungary, than the Hungarian one, so I always use the endonym, or my Hungarian readers couldn't understand me :-)
But in our current case two native English speakers, one from Europe and one from the U.S. asked us to use the English exonyms so I suppose they are known and widely accepted for native speakers, and we shall use them instead of the German endonym.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #7106
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Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Würstchenberg):
Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern):
Hesse (Hessen):
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen):
North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen):
Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz):
Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt):

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Brandenburg: 4
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Bavaria (Bayern): 33
Hesse (Hessen): 17
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Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen): 13
North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen): 10
Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz): 14
Saarland: 1
Saxony (Freistaat Sachsen): 5
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Old October 6th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #7107
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Old October 7th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #7109
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The original sign was located in Königshofen. The title was "Ende der schönen Welt. Willkommen auf dem Verkehrsschlachtfeld". The people are fighting for a bypass.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #7110
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October 2014: A1 2x3 widening AK Münster-South (A43) - Dortmund-Ems-Canal bridge (3.2km; OSM; u/c since October 2012)
The A1 widening south of Münster (including the new "Müster-Hiltrup" interchange) is 2x3 in service since 8th October, see press release. Total costs: 44.8 million €. The official opening ceremony will be on 28th October.

Source: Westfälische Nachrichten (there is also a driving video)
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Old October 13th, 2014, 10:49 PM   #7111
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A33: AS Halle-Künsebeck – AS Bielefeld-Center 12 7.9km (September 2009 to Summer 2017) - projectmap
A33: AS Borgholzhausen – AS Halle-Künsebeck 12 12.6km (December 2012 to 2019) - projectmap
The A33 project is still on schedule. The next-to-last section will be opened in 2018* (90 million €), the last section in 2019 (140 million €). 10 million € have been invested in 2014. About 20 million € are required for 2015-2019 annually but still not warranted. Source.

*I read in May 2014 about a delay 2017 instead of 2016...
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Old October 13th, 2014, 11:19 PM   #7112
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I've read that article as well. 'still on schedule' is a bit misleading, it's more like 'no additional delays after several years delay'. 7-8 years of construction time for a regular motorway with no special objects (long tunnels or bridges) is very long compared to elsewhere in Europe (and Germany before the big slowdown).
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Old October 14th, 2014, 09:30 AM   #7113
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I drove on A4 Kerpen - Aachen twice last week. It has a new alignment between Kerpen - Düren (strange, Google Maps displays both the old and the new one :-)) and is very nice. The right lane has concrete surface, the middle and left one has asphalt.

A1 bridge in Leverkusen is worse than before. Now it has only 2×2 narrow lanes. There are huge congestions every day there. I read in a local newspaper that the current bridge may not be refurbished, but a new one will be constructed. It means that the current situation (2×2 lanes, vehicles over 3.5t banned) will remain so for 4 years at least.
Since many trucks drive on A4 over the Rhine, that bridge, too, is congested in rush hours.

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Old October 14th, 2014, 10:16 AM   #7114
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I drove on A4 Kerpen - Aachen twice last week. It has a new alignment between Kerpen - Düren (strange, Google Maps displays both the old and the new one :-)) and is very nice. The right lane has concrete surface, the middle and left one has asphalt.
That bit of A4 is realigned because of the expansion of the Coal surface mine North of the highway. In a few years it will swallow where the highway used to be. I heard that in the long run they plan to turn it into a lake, must be the largest man made lake in Germany.
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Old October 14th, 2014, 02:09 PM   #7115
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Actually it is not the expansion of the Tagebau but the moving of the Tagebau area. Where they dig away soil to reach the coal on the one side, they are filling up the dug out areas on the other side. A lake is a possibility but most of the dug out soil will be replaced by new soil and therefore new land.

I went on an excursion there once and that was impressive to see.
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'still on schedule' is a bit misleading
It's the headline of the news article .
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Old October 17th, 2014, 02:46 AM   #7117
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A nice picture from the new Jagdberg tunnel on the A4 near Jena.


The opening is planned for the end of October or early November. They have to do some additional safety checks.

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Old October 18th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #7118
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The A33 project is still on schedule. The next-to-last section will be opened in 2018* (90 million €), the last section in 2019 (140 million €). 10 million € have been invested in 2014. About 20 million € are required for 2015-2019 annually but still not warranted. Source.

*I read in May 2014 about a delay 2017 instead of 2016...
Another news article: > click <.

This article quotes the road authority. The Bielefeld-Center to Halle-Künsebeck section (7.9km) should be opened in late 2017 (DE: "könnte"). The last section will be partial opened in 2018 (Halle-Künsebeck to Halle; 4.0km) and the final section (Halle - Borgholzhausen; 8.6km) will be opened in 2019.
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The works on section F2 have finally been started this month (source). The 900m section (including i/c Reichenau) costs 15 million €. The estimated completion is late 2016.
No, only a brigde of the i/c will be completed in late 2016. The 2nd carriageway will be built in 2017. Source.
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Mid September 2014: A62 2nd carriageway South of Weselberg - Schwarzbach viaduct (3.6km; OSM; u/c since September 2013)
Both A62 carriageways are in service now. The news articles are inaccurate. I guess it was opened in late September 2014. The section is dedicated as A62 but the signs are yellow (not blue). It's access-controlled but as a "Kraftfahrstraße", not as an Autobahn (different sign).

A pic taken by Alfred Donnelli on 12th October:

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