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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:02 PM   #8881
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Some truckers find CB radio annoying. There's a lot of chatter in languagues they don't understand, not to mention the profanity. I'm also not sure if it is still a fixture in every truck nowadays.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:04 PM   #8882
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I didn't remember this, a region (Ostwestfalen/Lippe) signed as a control city on the overhead signs. I don't recall seeing that elsewhere in Germany.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:32 PM   #8883
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Old August 19th, 2016, 11:06 PM   #8884
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The following exit is named "Ostwestfalen/Lippe".
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Old August 20th, 2016, 12:57 AM   #8885
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4, We're reaching Bielefeld, a city that is famous for the Bielefeld Conspiracy. The Bielefeld Conspiracy is a satire of conspiracy theories which claims that the city of Bielefeld does not actually exist, based on the three questions below:

Do you know anybody from Bielefeld?
Have you ever been to Bielefeld?
Do you know anybody who has ever been to Bielefeld?

A majority are expected to answer "no" to all of above.
So we couldn't be reaching Bielefeld, since it doesn't exist, it is impossible to get there . In Spain I like to do the same with Teruel.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 01:19 AM   #8886
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I didn't remember this, a region (Ostwestfalen/Lippe) signed as a control city on the overhead signs. I don't recall seeing that elsewhere in Germany.
Strange. I was sure you knew that usually the next exit is signed in Germany at the straight direction ;-)
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Old August 20th, 2016, 01:27 AM   #8887
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Actually, I've been to Bielefeld last May.
I visited a handball game in Blomberg/Lippe, and as I drove back home I noticed that my car has some big problem with steering. Since it was approx. 250 km from my home I looked in Google Navigation for the nearest Opel Service and drove there, it was in Herford.
They examined my car and said that it is really extremely dangerous to drive on and that I should have better stop when I experienced the issue and I had luck to reach them without accident. Repairing the car was expensive (especially related to the car's age and value) and took 5 hours. So I decided to take a train to Bielefeld (there are several services hourly between Herford and Bielefeld) and visited that non-existing town.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 01:39 AM   #8888
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I had to stay at the train station in Bielefeld overnight twice because of a certain German train operator, no need to name it. So I've wiped this place from my memory. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't exist.

A plain exit named after a region is indeed unusual. I can think of one other example: Siebengebirge on the A3. Autobahn interchanges or service areas are often named after regions.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 01:52 AM   #8889
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I'd like to add that the concept of Ost-Westfalen is pretty funny. Basically it's just Falen
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Old August 20th, 2016, 02:04 AM   #8890
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I'd like to add that the concept of Ost-Westfalen is pretty funny. Basically it's just Falen
In the Middle Ages there was Ostfalen and Westfalen (East Phalia and West Phalia, respectively) in the Medieval Saxony (which was multiple times larger as the present one). The origin of the name is disputed.
The name Ostfalen did not disappear completely but is very rarely used while Westfalen is in everyday usage - although the current Westfalen is only a part of the Medieval one, a much larger part of that is currently Niedarsachsen (Lower Saxony). Note that the coat of arms of Lower Saxony is basically the same as that of Westfalen - it's the historical Westphalian coat of arms.
So Ostwestfalen, East-Westphalia may sound funny, indeed, but is a proper name of the eastern part of Westphalia, not to be confused with Ostfalen :-)
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Old August 20th, 2016, 09:59 AM   #8891
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Strange. I was sure you knew that usually the next exit is signed in Germany at the straight direction ;-)
I know, but how many exits are named after a region instead of a city or town?

There are some motorway-to-motorway interchanges named after regions, but regular junctions?
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Old August 20th, 2016, 10:49 AM   #8892
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Road trip A2 from Kamener Kreuz to Magdeburg (2)

Hannover or Hanover(traditional English spelling) is the capital and largest city of the state of Lower Saxony. It is also an important hub of Germany's autobahn network. Several interstate and local autobahns intersect with each other in or around the city proper.


An awful lot of construction work has got underway since years.




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The junction of the A2 and A352. The latter one is a short cut between the A2 and A7 and is also known as the airport autobahn because it passes Hanover Airport.








Stau in oncoming traffic. We had luck.








The "Hannover-Ost" Interchange(A2/A7) is one of the busiest autobahn junctions in the north, serving over 100,000 vehicles per day.










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Old August 20th, 2016, 11:00 AM   #8893
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A2 near Hannover is a traffic jam hotspot. There's always some construction going on in the area, a Stau there is a fixture on NDR2 traffic information. Earlier this year there was a whole streak of severe truck crashes at the Baustelle near Kreuz Hannover-Ost (mainly westbound), but they have since been reduced. The amount of trucks on A2 is mind-boggling.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 12:17 PM   #8894
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I'd like to add that the concept of Ost-Westfalen is pretty funny. Basically it's just Falen
For many years I always asked myself, if there is Westfalen and Ost-Westfalen, where the hell is Falen? I have to conclude, that it lies in the center of Bielefeld, if it exists...

As we say in Germany: Sehen wir uns nicht in dieser Welt, dann sehen wir uns in Bielefeld.

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Old August 20th, 2016, 03:00 PM   #8895
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The saying translates to 'And if not in this world, we'll see each other in Bielefeld'.

Anyway, I'm surprised the Bielefeld East exit doesn't lead to the perfect counterpart of it (that's it, the most well known, yet actually non-existent German city), Ausfahrt. A few exits around Hanover also have this missing.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 03:12 PM   #8896
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A7 is closed to all traffic from Würzburg to the north this weekend, they are repairing the pavement in the Baustelle at the Talbrücke Schraudenbach. As it is a very busy travel weekend for returning traffic, this leads to incredible traffic congestion on A7 and B19. TomTom reported a delay of 3 hours to get from Würzburg to north of the construction zone.

Southbound A7 is reduced to a single lane, with a much smaller delay. Next weekend southbound A7 will be closed completely to repair the road surface at that spot.

A3 Würzburg - Frankfurt is not nearly as bad as earlier weekends. Traffic from Nürnberg best uses A73-A70 via Bamberg. Traffic from Ulm can also use A3-A45-A66, although it's a significant detour, it's faster. Continuing up A45 to Dortmund is not a good idea, it is closed since 3:30 a.m. this morning after a truck crashed into another one. TomTom also reported a 3 hour delay to get through that mess.
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Recommended diversion: via Belgium, via France, via Switzerland, via Austria, then back north via Czech Republic to Poland.
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Road trip A2 from Kamener Kreuz to Magdeburg (3)

A rather strange stretch between the exit "Lehrte" east of Hannover and the rest area "Lehrter See". Could it possibly be a planning error?














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Old August 20th, 2016, 04:53 PM   #8899
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Östlich der Abfahrt Lehrte wird in Fahrtrichtung Braunschweig der linke von drei Streifen (insgesamt sechsstreifiger Ausbau) abgetrennt, da 1996 bei Erneuerung der Brücke über die Bahnstrecke Lehrte–Celle die alte Brückenbreite der Ursprungsbrücke von 1936 berücksichtigt werden musste.

I'm not sure why they had to take into consideration the bridge width of the old bridge from 1936. Perhaps they did not expand the motorway at the same time as the bridge was replaced.

There is also an unusually wide median for a short segment at Lehrte-Ost. Perhaps this was also built as a construction phasing during the six-laning of the Autobahn. Maybe they didn't bother constructing it right over the old two-lane Reichsautobahn carriageway, but built it beside it.
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My best guess is that when they expanded A2 from 2x2 to 2x3 they addedd two new 3-lanes bridges (north) and reused the old 2x2 bridges to carry the eastbound lanes, but for some structural reasons the bridges couldn't be used as a single deck with 3(+1) continguous lanes. Hence the bizarre split.

Funny part is that, being limitless, it's probably the fastest single lane of all Europe
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