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Old December 17th, 2015, 08:10 PM   #3281
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Is there any update info about the latter? According to GM and OSM, it seems that both carriageways are in service!?
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I have not seen any news report. Wikisara doesn't list an exact date.
It opens tomorrow: 18 December

http://www.rjfm.net/RJFM-info-Montlu...u-du,6370.html

18 km de 2X2 voies ininterrompues entre Montmarault et Chemilly. Un nouveau tronçon de 5 km à 2X2 voies est inauguré demain sur la RCEA. Tronçon entre Bresnay et Chemilly, un peu avant l’agglomération moulinoise. Les travaux de doublement des voies avaient débuté en juillet 2013, montant total 13,8 millions d’euros. La vitesse restera limitée dans un 1er temps à 90KM /H en direction de Moulins, en direction de Montmarault elle sera autorisée à 110 km/h.
18 kilometers of uninterrupted 2x2 lanes between Montmarault and Chemilly. A new 2x2 segment of 5 kilometers will be inaugurated tomorrow, part of the RCEA. The segment is between Bresnay and Chemilly, just before the Moulin area. The works for twinning the road started in July 2013 and has cost € 13.8 million. The speed limit will be 90 km/h first towards Moulins, and then 110 km/h towards Montmarault.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 03:32 PM   #3282
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A circa 4 kilometer segment of 2x2 expressway opens to traffic on 23 December between Renac and Sainte-Marie, part of the D177 or 'Axe Rennes - Redon'.

http://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne/...-annee-3926463
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Old December 19th, 2015, 09:21 PM   #3283
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An extension of D170 in the northern suburbs of Paris opened to traffic recently. It runs from Gonesse to Bonneuil-en-France, in the Val d'Oise département. It is 3 kilometers long, it opened towards the west on 6 October and towards the east on 17 December.

It's part of the incomplete 'Boulevard Intercommunal', between the A86 and N104 ring roads of Greater Paris.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 12:27 AM   #3284
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It's part of the incomplete 'Boulevard Intercommunal', between the A86 and N104 ring roads of Greater Paris.
It looks like some kind of the DTŚ "motorway" project in Poland
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Old December 20th, 2015, 09:49 PM   #3285
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An extension of D170 in the northern suburbs of Paris opened to traffic recently. It runs from Gonesse to Bonneuil-en-France, in the Val d'Oise département. It is 3 kilometers long, it opened towards the west on 6 October and towards the east on 17 December.

It's part of the incomplete 'Boulevard Intercommunal', between the A86 and N104 ring roads of Greater Paris.
Google Maps shows it as a two-lane, single-carriageway road. Many French urban motorway projects have ended up like this, well, at least the ones that haven't been cancelled.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 10:31 PM   #3286
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I think it only shows the carriageway that opened on 6 October. The bridges are over 25 meters wide.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 11:01 PM   #3287
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Pont de Montjean-sur-Loire

I stumbled upon this interesting multi-span suspension bridge across the Loire in Montjean, west of Angers. It's not really big, with a total length of 496 meters, but it's an uncommon sight. It was built in 1949.

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Old December 25th, 2015, 02:57 PM   #3288
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Col de l'Echelle (Colle della Scala in Italian), joining French Val Clarèe with Italian Val Susa, has been reopened by the French government due to good weather and total absence of snow. News in Italian:

http://www.lastampa.it/2015/12/24/cr...lN/pagina.html
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Old December 28th, 2015, 08:43 PM   #3289
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Col de la Croix de Bauzon

The Col de la Croix de Bauzon is a 1308 meter high mountain pass in the Ardèche department. It is located near the only ski area of the Ardèche, a department which is known chiefly for its summer tourism.

I was driving down this road and it was much more scenic than I thought, mainly due to the absence of trees which gives a great view across the valley. So I turned around and drove back to the summit to film it.

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Old December 29th, 2015, 08:44 PM   #3290
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I was in the ski resort of Tignes last week, just above Bourg-St-Maurice. There is a pass leading to Italy as well, but it was closed. I wonder if it's open now, there is no snow at all there.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 12:03 AM   #3291
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My first contribution. This is the road from Tignes (73) to Bourg-St-Maurice at an altitude of ca 2000 meters. Photo taken two weeks ago, and the lack of snow in the Alps started to become a problem then.



Sorry if the image appears to be too big, I don't know how I can adjust this yet.....
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Old December 30th, 2015, 12:17 AM   #3292
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My first contribution. This is the road from Tignes (73) to Bourg-St-Maurice at an altitude of ca 2000 meters. Photo taken two weeks ago, and the lack of snow in the Alps started to become a problem then.


Sorry if the image appears to be too big, I don't know how I can adjust this yet.....
easyiest way is to upload pictures to Flickr or Imgur (or any other good hosting service) and use their automatic resizing options.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 08:30 PM   #3293
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Mont Ventoux

Some photos of the famous Mont Ventoux (1912 m) which I took in September.

The Mont Ventoux is one of the most well-known mountains in France, mainly due to cycling. It southern approach is steeper than the Alpe d'Huez (9% average over 16 kilometers). The mountain is visible from very far away, because it is much higher than the other mountains in the region. The closest higher mountains are some 70 kilometers away.

The road across Mont Ventoux was built in 1932.


1. Looking west across the Rhône River Valley.

Mont Ventoux-1 by European Roads, on Flickr

2. Looking southeast across the barren surface, towards the Provence. It appears that the mountain has a permanent snow cover from afar because of the rocky surface.

Mont Ventoux-2 by European Roads, on Flickr

3. The summit of Mont Ventoux.

Mont Ventoux-3 by European Roads, on Flickr

4. Looking north, across the Drôme.

Mont Ventoux-4 by European Roads, on Flickr

5. Zoom towards the north.

Mont Ventoux-5 by European Roads, on Flickr

6. From D974. The road across Mont Ventoux is frequently closed due to strong winds.

Mont Ventoux-6 by European Roads, on Flickr

7. The rocky surface starts to appear at around 1400 meters in elevation.

Mont Ventoux-7 by European Roads, on Flickr

8. Mont Ventoux is famous for its cycling, the road is often loaded with cyclists going 5 km/h.

Mont Ventoux-8 by European Roads, on Flickr

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Mont Ventoux-9 by European Roads, on Flickr

10. Col des Tempêtes, 1841 m.

Mont Ventoux-10 by European Roads, on Flickr

11. Downhill on the west side, with a view across the Rhône Valley.

Mont Ventoux-11 by European Roads, on Flickr

12. A view of the summit in a hairpin turn.

Mont Ventoux-12 by European Roads, on Flickr
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Old December 30th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #3294
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6. From D974. The road across Mont Ventoux is frequently closed due to strong winds.
Not surprisingly it is the 'Windy Mount', which is what Mont Ventoux translates to.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #3295
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Not surprisingly it is the 'Windy Mount', which is what Mont Ventoux translates to.
Venteux means windy indeed in modern French, not Ventoux which origin is still unclear.
Some say it comes from the old celtic Ven-top (i.e. "white mount"), others say it comes from the provençal Ventour (i.e. "windy")...but, today, most seem to believe it actually comes from the pre-latin Ventur (meaning "the mount visible from afar").
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 02:26 PM   #3296
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Notre-Dame de La Salette

The Notre-Dame de La Salette (Our Lady of Salette) is a basicila high up in the Alps south of Grenoble, at 1800 meters altitude. A scenic road leads up there. Here's a video, I filmed it in September.

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Old January 4th, 2016, 05:11 AM   #3297
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The Notre-Dame de La Salette (Our Lady of Salette) is a basicila high up in the Alps south of Grenoble, at 1800 meters altitude. A scenic road leads up there. Here's a video, I filmed it in September.

I was there a few years ago and I remember that I was so impressed of this road, especially about views, sharp curves and so steep slopes. I was told when we arrived on the top, that snowy days make that road so hard to ride that passengers have to push the busses up. I don't know whether is it true or not
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Old January 9th, 2016, 08:32 PM   #3298
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Gorges de l'Ardèche

Departmental road D290 runs alongside the Gorges de l'Ardèche, a 30 kilometer long canyon of the Ardèche River.

Although there is almost no view of the canyon from a driver's perspective, there are 10 or 11 viewing balconies located directly alongside the road. Most of them are wheelchair accessible, but many have only limited parking (which may be an issue during peak season). I drove here in early September, but some parking areas were still packed.

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Gorges de l'Ardeche-1 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-2 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-3 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-4 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-5 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-6 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-7 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-8 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-9 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-10 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-11 by European Roads, on Flickr


Gorges de l'Ardeche-12 by European Roads, on Flickr
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Old January 12th, 2016, 06:59 PM   #3299
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Is posting videos from outside the IDF, PACA or ARA allowed? If not, I'm sorry.

The eco-route from Luxembourgish border towards the BFC.
The Church in Thionville is still in good shape.


The rural area east of Metz with with a few up/downs.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 08:33 PM   #3300
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Could you explain what IDF, PACA or ARA is? Don't feel like Google tonight.
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