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Old June 22nd, 2014, 08:48 PM   #2721
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I made a video of the unfinished/unbuilt urban expressways in Marseille:



First one is L2, an incomplete ringroad whose final section has been U/C for 20 years now. Last completion date is 2016. When opened, it should be a total relief for the congested A7/A55/A557 in the coast, and it will offer the possibility to bypass tolled Prado-Carénage tunnel.

After that one comes S8, a project to connect downtown Marseille with A52 through the mountains north of the city. In the end only a short section was built, along with the metro line that runs in the median.

Later in the video I drive Viaduc de Plombières, a 1.3-kilometer long viaduct that is part of "Rocade du Jarret", an inner-city beltway that features some expressway-like sections.

I made another one that features A557, a pretty unique one-way motorway that links A7 and A55 in the city's harbor:

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Old June 24th, 2014, 06:42 PM   #2722
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Average speed checks has now been introduced in France. According to La Voix du Nord, a speed camera "that doesn't flash and in which you have to keep a slow pace for 3 km" has been installed on the A25 between Lille and Dunkerque.

http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/region/at...ia11b0n2230105

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Old June 24th, 2014, 06:52 PM   #2723
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I'm not sure how up-to-date this site is, but it claims 79 section controls are currently in use in France.

http://www.radars-troncons.fr/
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Old June 24th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #2724
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Yes, I have seen a few of these about...

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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:08 PM   #2725
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There is also equipment for the canceled 'éxotaxe' tolling system on route nationales. The écotaxe will be replaced in 2015 by a HGV transit toll on 4,000 km of national and departmental roads with high truck volumes.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:09 PM   #2726
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I think I may have seen some of that as well on the N13 in Normandy. I wondered what they were. Very German looking...
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Old June 24th, 2014, 08:45 PM   #2727
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The red and green routes will be come tolled for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes by 1 January 2015.



The original plan was to toll 15,000 kilometers of highways, but there was a lot of opposition to that plan, especially in Brittany.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 09:35 PM   #2728
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The Blue is what is already tolled, isn't it?
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Old June 24th, 2014, 09:36 PM   #2729
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I wonder what that German looking thing is doing on the N13 then...
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Originally nearly all major roads were to be tolled.

OLD PLAN:

red: route nationale / autoroute
green: route départementale
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The red and green routes will be come tolled for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes by 1 January 2015.



The original plan was to toll 15,000 kilometers of highways, but there was a lot of opposition to that plan, especially in Brittany.
So, any heavy vehicle should pay for the whole network, except Brittany. Even getting to Paris would be tolled. But the original plan was even more restrictive... even conventional national roads...
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Old June 24th, 2014, 09:48 PM   #2732
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I can see the A10 between Bordeaux and Poitiers getting busy again with freight traffic if the parallel N10 route is going to cost the same...
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Old June 24th, 2014, 10:21 PM   #2733
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Average speed checks has now been introduced in France. According to La Voix du Nord, a speed camera "that doesn't flash and in which you have to keep a slow pace for 3 km" has been installed on the A25 between Lille and Dunkerque.

http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/region/at...ia11b0n2230105

Don't they call that the Autoroute of the Potholes anyway?
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Not anymore. It used to be like driving on a rail track - presumably to make the Belgians feel at home - but it's all resurfaced now and done up really nicely
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Old June 24th, 2014, 11:15 PM   #2735
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It seems like they have been using "les gardes-fous" in the median for rails, what the hell

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I wonder what that German looking thing is doing on the N13 then...
We missed something in '44?
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Old June 24th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #2737
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We missed something in '44?
Probably



German cemetery, sign on N13 in Normandy)


I did visit Utah Beach last week, as well as some museums. Very impressive stuff!
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Also on N13....

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Old June 24th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #2739
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In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/24403538

I suppose because Eisenhower retired there.

I spent a summer studying in Caen, so I've been to all those spots, some more than once.
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And some pictures I took myself during my visit to Utah Beach:









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