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Old May 24th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #281
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The A79 would extend from Lyon to Narbonne, effectively giving some rest to the A7.
However the highway would be built on ecologically sensitive areas, and would be pretty expensive.
So far the French gov seems to be more interested in widening the A7 to 2x5 or 2x(3+2), with a 2 lanes trunk for trucks and a 3 lanes trunk for cars.
The RN7 will also be updated to 2x2 on most of its length.
For those who can read French, please have a look at http://www.rhone-alpes.cci.fr/compet...vre/PDF/80.pdf. It has many interesting charts and map as well.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #282
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Widening to 2x(3+2) would be great! Much better than 2x5. And having the trucks separated would be great. The problem is that it would also be more expensive than a widening to 2x5.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #283
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Truck traffic is forbidden at black saturdays, so there are 5 southbound lanes available to holiday traffic, it's a big improvement, but i don't think it's enough when millions move to the south the same day. Such peaks are hard to handle. Maybe they can make some kind of reversible lane on the northbound direction, so on peak holidays, there are 8 lanes southbound and 2 north or something.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #284
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I've already driven on French motorways a few times in my life by car, but only a few days ago I realized how slowly the French drive on (French) motorways. I only drove 130-140 km/h (speed limit 130 km/h) and NO ONE overtook me for 200 km!
- 12-point driving licence
- multpilication of speeding radars
- increasing of gas prices

are some factors that come on top on my head that could explain why the average speed has dropped so much over the last years in France particularly on the motorways...

Driving a lot myself I've noticed that too, but it has not always been like this.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #285
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Traffic predictions for July 26th:
[IMG]http://i26.************/e64uf8.jpg[/IMG]

A7 prediction that day:
[IMG]http://i30.************/351bb40.jpg[/IMG]
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Old June 11th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #286
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Not so bad.
Why my grand parents live in southern France and of course, and of course this city is on the A7 motorway.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #287
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Still crawling traffic at 2300 hrs near Valence:
[IMG]http://i35.************/23m4lco.jpg[/IMG]

predictions for tomorrow, July 12th. Traffic jams starting after 4 am.
[IMG]http://i34.************/1zdsviq.jpg[/IMG]
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Old July 15th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #288
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Crazy pic of the A6 near Chalon.


A huge accident happened with a bus, and all northbound traffic had to turn around and exit the motorway at a service entrance.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #289
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I love the debut of vacation, in Paris the freeways are... crowded, the streets are...crowded, the subway is... crowded.

Denfert Rochereaux - Chatillon Montrouge (3.5 km) : one hour in bus... I was really happy especially in the crowded bus (without air conditioning a hot day).
And even better the frequencies are less high than due at vacancy.

After this journey, I happy to see the vacancy traffic jam.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #290
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^ Ok, but in very few countries (at least European) you'll encounter being the fastest one with 130-140 km/h for 200 km. Not even in Switzerland.
yep noticed more on more on your own roads... but wait for the "fantastic" Tutor and the whole hiway will fall asleep.


Funny enough the first part of the network was A4 heading into Milan, where attaining 130 is just daydreamin'
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Old July 21st, 2008, 02:32 PM   #291
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Does anybody know what the status is on the A89 near Terrasson (that's not far from Brive-la-Gaillarde). Google Earth says it still has an 18km gap, however, other sources seem to say it's already completed.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 04:15 PM   #292
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Crazy pic of the A6 near Chalon.


A huge accident happened with a bus, and all northbound traffic had to turn around and exit the motorway at a service entrance.
Hundreds of Frenchmen & women being forced to drive on the left! Must be almost as traumatic for them as speaking English!
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PDF of traffic counts (8mb)
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Old July 21st, 2008, 05:54 PM   #294
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Here are more maps:
http://www.setra.equipement.gouv.fr/Les-cartes.html

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I read in a ViaMichelin Map of France that they revise the numbering system of the N- and D-roads.
Has anyone information about this?
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Old July 21st, 2008, 05:59 PM   #295
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Yes, it's a total mess now. I don't know specifically, but they transfer the RN roads to the Departement authorities, so they get a D number. Like N5 will be D1005.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:04 PM   #296
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Does anybody know what the status is on the A89 near Terrasson (that's not far from Brive-la-Gaillarde). Google Earth says it still has an 18km gap, however, other sources seem to say it's already completed.
It's already completed. It was opened to traffic on January 16, 2008 at 10am.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 01:51 AM   #297
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They have just started construction on the last stretch of the A89 between Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon by the way. So when you go from Bordeaux to Lyon, or vice versa, you won't have to make the lengthy detour through Saint-Etienne anymore. This promises to be a beautiful stretch of motorway, going through the very hilly area west of Lyon, with numerous bridges and tunnels.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 02:07 AM   #298
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 09:32 AM   #299
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I see you end up in the middle of Lyon. Is that useful for through traffic heading for Genève/Torino?
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Yes, it's a total mess now. I don't know specifically, but they transfer the RN roads to the Departement authorities, so they get a D number. Like N5 will be D1005.
So, no more RN??

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