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Old September 27th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #2821
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I drove 130 km/h most of the time and I noticed people drive faster on A7 than on other autoroutes I drove on that trip.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #2822
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Yes, 150 is common. And except for the Valence bypass and a short mountain pass, it's all flat and straight. However, gendarmes are also very common. It's perfectly normal to drive by 2 speed traps in less than 100 kilometers.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 11:20 PM   #2823
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Why is A75 not tolled south of Clemont-Ferrand, except on the Millau viaduct?
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Old September 28th, 2014, 11:23 PM   #2824
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To support the economy of this formerly isolated region.

I want to drive to the Auvergne one day. I passed on A75 several times, but the landscape west of A75 seems interesting, but apparently it's a rainy area. There are relatively high mountain passes in Cantal. The Pas de Peyrol is 1589 m high, perhaps the highest in France outside the Alps and Pyrenées.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 12:48 PM   #2825
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That is one of the French regions I haven't been in yet -and it looks very interesting. It's mostly known for the volcanoes:



It's indeed rainy, though weather conditions vary throughout the region -there are even ski resorts in Cantal mountains.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 01:43 PM   #2826
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It's one of my favourite areas in France. And also the motorway through it is my favourite one.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 08:05 AM   #2827
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To support the economy of this formerly isolated region.

I want to drive to the Auvergne one day. I passed on A75 several times, but the landscape west of A75 seems interesting, but apparently it's a rainy area. There are relatively high mountain passes in Cantal. The Pas de Peyrol is 1589 m high, perhaps the highest in France outside the Alps and Pyrenées.
You should try Aligot when you go there ! As a big cheese lover, when I start eating this I can't stop

Btw ChrisZwolle, as you've changed the title to "road infrastructure", you should change also the title in French to "Infrastructure routière"
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Old October 4th, 2014, 08:19 PM   #2828
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N94 Pont de Savines

Pont de Savines is a 924 meter long bridge that crosses the Lac de Serre-Ponçon, approximately 25 kilometers east of Gap. It was built in 1960, at the same time the reservoir was filled.

I took these photos in early September while driving around the reservoir (75 km, which took much more time than I anticipated, over 2.5 hours including stops).


Lac de Serre-Poncon by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N94 Pont de Savines by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N94 Pont de Savines-2 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N94 Pont de Savines-3 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr
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Old October 8th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #2829
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A50 Marseille - Toulon

Some photos of autoroute A50 from Marseille to Toulon.


1. A50 starts when you exit the Prado Tunnels in Marseille.

A50-1 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

2. In Marseille.

A50-2 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

3. There is no exit 3. The exit density is not particularly high for a French urban motorway.

A50-3 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

4.

A50-5 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

5.

A50-6 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

6. Unannounced exit with no number.

A50-7 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

7. A501 interchange.

A50-9 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

8.

A50-12 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

9. Begin toll road.

A50-13 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

10. The stretch from Aubagne to La Ciotat is quite scenic.

A50-14 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

11.

A50-15 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

12. The Mediterranean Sea comes into view. There are very few autoroutes in France that offer direct views of the Mediterranean Sea.

A50-17 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

13.

A50-18 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

14. Cassis.

A50-20 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

15. La Ciotat & The Mediterranean

A50-22 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

16. We take the fast lane.

A50-23 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

17. There's continuous suburbanization from here to well past Toulon, a distance of over 50 kilometers.

A50-24 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

18. St. Cyr-sur-Mer

A50-26 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

19. No palm trees. Palm trees only grow directly along the coast in this part of France. Once you're a few kilometers inland, they disappear.

A50-29 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

20. Signes.

A50-31 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

21. Bandol.

A50-35 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

22. Another toll plaza. I have a Liber-T toll tag.

A50-36 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

23. La Seyne-sur-Mer.

A50-39 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

24.

A50-41 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

25.

A50-42 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

26. Ollioules

A50-43 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

27. Toulon-Ouest.

A50-44 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

28. Toulon-Centre.

A50-46 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

29.

A50-48 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

30. This tube opened to traffic on 19 March 2014. Before that the tunnel was only accessible westbound. The new tube significantly reduced traffic in central Toulon.

A50-49 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr
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Old October 9th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #2830
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Nice! I moved back to Spain before seeing the eastbound tunnel is the speed limit 50 km/h like in the westbound one?
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Old October 9th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #2831
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It was limited at 70 km/h.
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Old October 9th, 2014, 08:37 PM   #2832
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Nice!
No, Toulon. Nice is somewhat to the Northeast.

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Old October 9th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #2833
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Last Tuesday, 450 km of traffic jam were recorded in Paris Region at 8:40 am.
http://www.20minutes.fr/paris/145586...on-mardi-matin
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Old October 10th, 2014, 12:20 AM   #2834
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No, Toulon. Nice is somewhat to the Northeast.

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Old October 10th, 2014, 02:05 AM   #2835
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Last Tuesday, 450 km of traffic jam were recorded in Paris Region at 8:40 am.
And no plans to finish the A104 around Paris of course. The government should rename that so called infrastructure plan of theirs 'IMobilité 21' shouldn't they.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 02:14 AM   #2836
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I am not familiar with this plan?
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Old October 10th, 2014, 04:45 AM   #2837
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it's the Francillienne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francilienne

FR Wikipedia better
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francilienne
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Old October 10th, 2014, 03:38 PM   #2838
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Francilienne is often loaded with trucks. Paris lacks a decent bypass. The 'grand contournement' is way too far out to improve traffic on the busiest through routes. The ring roads closer to Paris are congested.

It also doesn't help that most GPSs route through traffic directly across the Boulevard Périphérique (for instance Lille > Bordeaux / Toulouse).
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Old October 10th, 2014, 05:54 PM   #2839
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Traffic heading roughly in a straight line through Paris is signed to not go round Paris. I was surprised to see 'A4 Metz-Nancy' signed via the N104, what with the E50 going to the BP and then out again.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #2840
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écotaxe

The truck transit toll 'écotaxe' has been postponed indefinitely. They installed a lot of gantries for this new tolling system over the past 2 years or so. It was originally planned to go live on 1/1/15.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0S51KJ20141010
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