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Old April 15th, 2015, 11:07 AM   #3081
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A709 Montpellier

The A9 project in Montpellier includes a new six-lane autoroute that bypasses Montpellier, a classic congestion spot during the summer. The existing A9 through Montpellier will be renumbered to A709.

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http://www.bulletin-officiel.develop..._0000_0022.pdf

Project website: http://www.deplacement-a9.fr/
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Old April 15th, 2015, 09:14 PM   #3082
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A31 Toul - Luxembourg

There is a study underway to widen parts of A31 to six lanes and build new alignments to reduce congestion in the Lorraine area, from Toul to the Luxembourg border.

The main plan is to build a new alignment from Toul to north of Nancy to bypass the city of Nancy, and a new link near Thionville to bypass the urban section. The other segments would be widened to 2x3 lanes where it presently has 2x2 lanes.

The new alignment near Nancy will be tolled in all scenarios, but the widened section to Metz and the new alignment near Thionville could be constructed as toll-free autoroutes. A decision will be made late 2015.

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There used to be plans to build an entirely new autoroute - to be called A32 - that would bypass the entire region, and shoot straight north from Toul to Thionville or even Esch-sur-Alzette. This plan appears to be canceled due to cost and possible lack of profitability as a toll road next to a toll-free route.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #3083
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There used to be plans to build an entirely new autoroute - to be called A32 - that would bypass the entire region, and shoot straight north from Toul to Thionville or even Esch-sur-Alzette. This plan appears to be canceled due to cost and possible lack of profitability as a toll road next to a toll-free route.
To Esch? I read a German news article from Luxembourg yesterday. It reports that the new motorway was planned to be parallel to the German border . It should connect to the German motorway network near Trier. But project is "dead" (canceled). That's very strange and I've never read about that motorway on German territory earlier.... This motorway route would be far east of Esch........
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Old April 19th, 2015, 11:45 AM   #3084
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There are 2 further projects on N88:

1. Aménagement de Saint-Jean - La Mothe
N88: La Baraque St-Jean – La Mothe 13.7km (2010? to Q2/2015) – projectmap

The opening Q2/2015 is confirmed in the latest press release.
Wikipedia says April 2015.
Wikipedia says June 2015 now. No source.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #3085
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M6202, Alpes-Maritimes

I filmed some of M6202 north of Nice, driving into the Alps. Quite a scenic route along the Var River. Apparently the M-numbers were introduced in 2012, and they are signed.

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Old April 20th, 2015, 01:36 AM   #3086
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Wikipedia says June 2015 now. No source.
I believe that has been written in the Forum Sara, but thats in maintenance at the moment.
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Old April 20th, 2015, 08:27 AM   #3087
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I filmed some of M6202 north of Nice, driving into the Alps. Quite a scenic route along the Var River. Apparently the M-numbers were introduced in 2012, and they are signed.

Regarding road marking, I think it's because this part of the road is sometime used as a two-way road, when the tunnels on the neighbouring M6012 are closed for maintenance.
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Old April 20th, 2015, 04:10 PM   #3088
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I filmed some of M6202 north of Nice, driving into the Alps. Quite a scenic route along the Var River. Apparently the M-numbers were introduced in 2012, and they are signed.

[video erased due to budget cuts]
'M6202 is the former N202, which ran all the way through the Alps from Lake Geneva to Nice'. Actually N202 still exists, although none of it is on its original alignment, as it now runs from Barreme to the junction with its former route at Gueydan bridge over what was N207, which is a dead end on the current national route system. And it didn't made all the way through the Alps, as it had a gap between Les Contamines and the Cormet de Roselend.
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That's way too long to include in a video.
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Old April 20th, 2015, 04:24 PM   #3090
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Regarding road marking, I think it's because this part of the road is sometime used as a two-way road, when the tunnels on the neighbouring M6012 are closed for maintenance.
Sounds plausible, but at the end of the video you can see how it narrows to one lane. They would need to remove the bollards and change the road markings there for two-way operation.
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Old April 20th, 2015, 04:38 PM   #3091
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Note that M=Route Métropolitaine Metropolitan road.
This means that this road is administered by the intercommunal structure called Metropole (here "Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur") instead of the Departement (D) or the State (N).

I think that in a close future, more and more former national roads and departemental roads in and around the main French cities will become M road.
The idea is to replace the departements by Metropoles for the biggest cities of France.
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That road is very interesting. Have you been to the Col de la Bonette?
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Old April 20th, 2015, 06:40 PM   #3093
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Yes, I filmed it all the way to Col de La Bonette, but the footage didn't turn out so great. It got cloudy and it rained a bit on the way up. The way down to Jausiers may be worth salvaging though.
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I believe that has been written in the Forum Sara, but thats in maintenance at the moment.
I don't think so. I've checked it on Sunday .
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There used to be plans to build an entirely new autoroute - to be called A32 - that would bypass the entire region, and shoot straight north from Toul to Thionville or even Esch-sur-Alzette. This plan appears to be canceled due to cost and possible lack of profitability as a toll road next to a toll-free route.
22 years to widen a highway where there is not that much to do

The A31 is an embarrassment. Third World Highway.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 02:31 PM   #3096
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I've driven the entire length of A31 last year and it's really not a 'third world highway'. Pavement quality is mostly adequate to excellent. Only Toul - Nancy has deteriorated pavement, but even then it's not really bad. The most annoying thing about A31 in Lorraine is the very long 110 km/h speed limit, from Toul all the way to the Luxembourg border.
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Route des Crêtes

Possibly one of the best drives in France, the Route des Crêtes east of Marseille. It runs over the highest cliffs in France (the highest being 396 m), with very scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

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You were lucky as that road is often closed due to fire risk. The "direct" route via D559 is also very scenic though.
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I tried it a few days before and it was closed due to high winds / fire danger. There was a strong Mistral the first couple of days I was in that area. I stayed near Aix-en-Provence, which is more protected from the Mistral apparently. I drove A7 with a strong tailwind, and also felt the Mistral on A54 and N568, but it was unnoticable near Aix.
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You were lucky as that road is often closed due to fire risk. The "direct" route via D559 is also very scenic though.
Fire risk there?

Doesn't look a prime location for forest fires
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