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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:53 PM   #2681
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Which new motorway or expressway sections are currently u/c on French territory?

A150: Yvetot – Barentin 12 18km (March 2013 to 2015) – projectmap
A466: Quincieux (A46) – Les Cheres (A6) 12 4km (? to 2015) – projectmap
A507: Frais Vallon – Marseille-East (A50) 12 5.2km (1993 to 2015) – projectmap
A304: Rocroi – Charleroi-Mezieres (A34) 12 31km (July 2011 to late 2016) – projectmap

Is this list complete? When has the construction of A466 and A507 been started? What's about A719? Any new expressway sections u/c?

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Old January 11th, 2014, 08:41 PM   #2682
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According to WikiSara, construction of this section of A507 started in 1993. It has been halted several times due to various reasons; a new contract was signed in 2013 to restart the works.

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Driving from Marseille to east of Hyères via A50, Toulon and A57.







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- Video 1: A50 from Marseille to Toulon. The tolled section was recently widened to 2x3 lanes; works finished in 2013. Construction site of Rocade L2/A507 is visible in the first minute of the video.

- Video 2: crossing Toulon. There's a 3-kilometer tunnel underneath the city that links A50 and A57, but only westbound. The eastbound tube has been U/C for some time now and is scheduled to open mid-2014. The construction site is visible in the video.

- Video 3: A57, A570 and then D98 through Hyères, which is an urban boulevard first, and then a 2+1, grade-separated road. The section of A57 featured in the video cuts Toulon in half.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #2683
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What's the story behind the Toulon tunnel?

Was it supposed to be a two-way tunnel, or is there some other reason only one tube was built in the beginning?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 01:26 AM   #2684
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What's the story behind the Toulon tunnel?

Was it supposed to be a two-way tunnel, or is there some other reason only one tube was built in the beginning?
Lack of money ,as always.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #2685
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Alpine tunnels

The 2013 AADT in the Mont Blanc Tunnel was 4 900 vehicles per day, including 1 550 trucks.

The 2013 AADT in the Fréjus Tunnel was 4 300 vehicles per day, including 1 175 trucks.

The 2014 tolls for both tunnels is € 42.40 one way for a passenger car and € 309.20 for a truck. Return trips are substantially less expensive than two one-way trips.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #2686
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I don't know if somebody coming from Northern France would prefer to get to Italy through Switzerland (Basel-Luzern-Como route)
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Old January 17th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #2687
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Crossing Switzerland by car saves a lot of money because the highway tolls on the highways leading to the French-Italian tunnels are also very expensive.

However, if you are doing it only once you'd have to fork up the CHF 44 vignette.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 09:20 PM   #2688
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35€ is still less than 43€ MB tunnel, and it covers tolls and even a longer tunnel (Gotthard).

return trip of MB tunnel is 52€
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Old January 17th, 2014, 09:24 PM   #2689
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What's the fare for taking the Gotthard tunnel?

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Crossing Switzerland by car saves a lot of money because the highway tolls on the highways leading to the French-Italian tunnels are also very expensive.

However, if you are doing it only once you'd have to fork up the CHF 44 vignette.
Well, it depends on your origin and destination. Going through Basel is only convenient for people who are traveling from/to Northern France or further up in the North... if not, I am not sure if the increase of traveled kilometers and time would be worth it.

For example, from Paris to Milan going via Basel is around 60 km longer than going via the Mont Blanc tunnel. In this case for example, probably it is worth it.

As well, as you say, it depends on the amount of trips you do for forking up the Swiss vignette.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:46 AM   #2690
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What's the fare for taking the Gotthard tunnel?

Well, it depends on your origin and destination. Going through Basel is only convenient for people who are traveling from/to Northern France or further up in the North... if not, I am not sure if the increase of traveled kilometers and time would be worth it.

For example, from Paris to Milan going via Basel is around 60 km longer than going via the Mont Blanc tunnel. In this case for example, probably it is worth it.

As well, as you say, it depends on the amount of trips you do for forking up the Swiss vignette.
No special tolls on the Gotthard tunnel

It is possible to travel via the Simplok route (Brig - Martifny - Geneve) as well. That is a good route for Tucks otherwise restricted from tunnels
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Old January 31st, 2014, 04:35 PM   #2691
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Crossing the Italy / France Border at Ventimiglia / Menton...

Autostrada dei Fiori A10 -> Autoroute A8 La Provencale

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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:00 PM   #2692
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Driving A55 motorway from A7xA55 interchange to its Western terminus just after (now undergoing reconstruction) Viaduc de Martigues:



And then following N568 to Arles. N568 is a dual-carriageway with at-grade intersections, which features a long, US-like stretch with a very wide median through the empty Crau plain. Before the opening of A54 in 1996, A55+N568 was the only dual-carriageway route between Marseille and Spain.

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Old February 11th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #2693
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The northwestern part of the Dijon bypass opened to traffic on 10 February. Unfortunately it's not a full expressway, it features three roundabouts.

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Old February 20th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #2694
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A9 motorway around Perpignan was recently widened to 2x3 lanes. Works were over in October, though the 3rd lane was not open until January. Actually they are still working on it, as there appears to be some problem with the bridge over Têt river.

Here's a video of the widened section:



It features the preparatory works for the widening of Le Boulou-Perpignan stretch, which is currently underway (they started first with the southbound carriageway). In the near future, there will be six lanes all the way from Tarragona in Spain to north of Nîmes in France, except for the short stretch between La Jonquera and Le Boulou toll gates, which is only 2x3 in the steep climbs towards Le Perthus pass.

That way, French holidaymakers will be able to make it to Port Aventura amusement park with no need to turn off cruise control other than toll gates
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #2695
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The 2013 AADT in the Mont Blanc Tunnel was 4 900 vehicles per day, including 1 550 trucks.

The 2013 AADT in the Fréjus Tunnel was 4 300 vehicles per day, including 1 175 trucks.

The 2014 tolls for both tunnels is € 42.40 one way for a passenger car and € 309.20 for a truck. Return trips are substantially less expensive than two one-way trips.
Damn!

On Diesel or LPG it means you could use that money to take a 500+ km detour!
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Old February 21st, 2014, 11:23 AM   #2696
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Damn!

On Diesel or LPG it means you could use that money to take a 500+ km detour!
As long as that detour is a non-motorway - they are expensive in both France and Italy.

Also we must assume you (or your employer) don't pay yourself salary for extra driving. (Which could be fine with me, the sceneries are beautiful in themselves - but what about locals who see them every day?)
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Old February 25th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #2697
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Two major motorway construction projects are moving closer to construction.

The tender to construct a new toll bypass of Strasbourg (A355) has been relaunched. The project was canceled earlier by the Hollande government, but they changed their mind apparently.

Press release: http://www.developpement-durable.gou..._article=37580

The new A45 Lyon - St. Étienne is also moving into tender phase, it could be contracted by the end of 2014, according to this press release: http://www.developpement-durable.gou...-la,37587.html
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Old February 25th, 2014, 10:33 PM   #2698
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The new A45 Lyon - St. Étienne is also moving into tender phase, it could be contracted by the end of 2014, according to this press release: http://www.developpement-durable.gou...-la,37587.html
The A45 will replace the existing A47, see wikipedia.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 03:00 AM   #2699
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Which new motorway or expressway sections are currently u/c on French territory?

Is this list complete? When has the construction of A466 and A507 been started? What's about A719? Any new expressway sections u/c?
A719 is under construction on a small stretch between Gannat and the outskirts of Vichy, passed there last Christmas and the works were visible (here on Google Maps). Additionally, the works to duplicate the 4 km stretch of D9 in Tulle are on their way - it's the remaining part of the A89 between Bordeaux and Clermont-Ferrand.

Talking about new motorways, the new A63 between Arcachon and Bayonne is totally worth the 7 € toll. What an amazing job they did there, 100 km of an almost straight 2x3 motorway
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Old February 26th, 2014, 03:16 AM   #2700
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Talking about new motorways, the new A63 between Arcachon and Bayonne is totally worth the 7 € toll. What an amazing job they did there, 100 km of an almost straight 2x3 motorway
I had no idea the A63 through Les Landes has become toll motorway definitely. There is no free alternative now between the Basque Country and Bordeaux? It sounds like weird, specially before when it was a comfortable freeway.

Anyway, I've found this:
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