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Old May 4th, 2015, 11:30 PM   #3121
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A video of A63 along the French Basque coast. 67 kilometers of this motorway are going to be expanded to 2x3 by 2020. The stretch between Biarritz and the Spanish border (the one featured in the video) is U/C and will open in 2017; another stretch is already finished, and in the Northernmost one construction is expected to start in 2016. When done, there will be a 2x3 motorway from just South of Bordeaux to Spain



It's a shame that the rest of the roads in the French Basque Country are such crap and with no long-term solutions in sight. Classic French -long-distance autoroutes are pristine and get you around quickly, but metro areas suffer from structural congestion due to severely undersized roads.

I've seen fewer construction sites as active as this one by the way. I wouldn't be surprised if they finished the widening ahead of schedule.
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Old May 9th, 2015, 04:42 PM   #3122
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Col de la Bonette

A video of the Col de la Bonette, the highest paved road in France and one of the highest public roads in Europe. It goes up to 2802 meters.

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Old May 14th, 2015, 01:56 PM   #3123
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A7 Orange - Lançon

I found some more footage of A7 on an external HDD. This is an 80 kilometer stretch of A7 from Orange to Lançon, with the huge toll plaza.

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Old May 22nd, 2015, 03:37 AM   #3124
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I found a video of driving in Tahiti (French Polynesia).


At 7:27 the road become an expressway.
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 11:05 PM   #3125
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A400, Autoroute du Chablais

The A400 may get constructed after all. It is planned to issue a declaration of public utility (DUP) by 2018 or 2019, and open the motorway by 2023. This motorway from Annemasse to Thonon (east of Genève) has been planned for decades but was scrapped in 1997.

http://www.lesechos.fr/pme-regions/a...is-1120990.php
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Old May 24th, 2015, 10:12 PM   #3126
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Wow, France recovering shelved motorway plans? I must be dreaming
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 03:05 AM   #3127
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An aerial view of the A507 (u/c) in Marseille
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 08:25 PM   #3128
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Nice to see that works are moving -L2 may be the French motorway that's been U/C for the most time.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 03:12 PM   #3129
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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.
A news article (2nd June) reports that "it's only a matter of days" till the section will be opened.
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A304: Rocroi – Charleroi-Mezieres (A34) 31km (July 2011 to Late 2016) – projectmap

The project seems to be delayed. The completion date has been changed to 2017 on wikisara.
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A719 Vichy - Gannat

The A719 extension opened in January 2015. I drove on it two weeks ago.


A719-2 by European Roads, on Flickr


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A719-7 by European Roads, on Flickr


A719-8 by European Roads, on Flickr


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I found some more footage of A7 on an external HDD. This is an 80 kilometer stretch of A7 from Orange to Lançon, with the huge toll plaza.
they (used to) serve wonderful tarte de framboise on that rest area where you stopped at the end of the video
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they (used to) serve wonderful tarte de framboise on that rest area where you stopped at the end of the video
*Tarte à la framboise
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Old June 9th, 2015, 12:59 AM   #3134
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A tart in English is so much more amusing
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A75, Viaduc de Millau

I recorded almost all of A75 on my trip to Spain. Here's the first highlight, the Viaduc de Millau, an icon of French highway construction.

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[QUOTE=ChrisZwolle;124631194]The A719 extension opened in January 2015. I drove on it two weeks ago.


A719-7 by European Roads, on Flickr

Why the autoroute looks so narrow?
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Probably to save cost. The traffic volumes are very low. It's only a spur to Vichy, which is only a regional city. At least it has shoulders. Some parts of A29 in northern France do not have shoulders.
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I just can't like the French shoulder marking pattern...
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I just can't like the French shoulder marking pattern...
It's very helpful: every stripe is two seconds at 130 km/h, which is the minimum safety distance you must keep. It may not be aesthetically pleasant, but it should be like that everywhere, since you don't have any other way to measure the distance with the vehicle in front of you.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 09:42 PM   #3140
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Delineators are placed every 50 m in Spain, which is also helpful.

The two stripes rule is quite unrealistic on busy motorways, like in Paris or Marseille. Even on the open highway most people don't commence their passing already two stripes before the car ahead.
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