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Old February 16th, 2016, 07:31 PM   #3341
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A31 Lorraine

French media report that the government has approved a plan to expand A31 to 2x3 lanes and turn part of it into a toll road from Toul to the Luxembourg border.



http://tout-metz.com/annonce-autorou...-2016-8709.php
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Old February 18th, 2016, 09:53 PM   #3342
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Old February 19th, 2016, 12:02 AM   #3343
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Old February 20th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #3344
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It's another busy weekend in the Alps. This will be a common sight:
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Old February 20th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #3345
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Today has been dubbed as the Black Saturday in winter. Apart from parts of Holland and Germany being on half term, the French have come out in forces as well.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #3346
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Réunion

N1 / Route du Littoral on Réunion after heavy rainfall.



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Old February 27th, 2016, 11:44 PM   #3347
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This explains why they are building the new road along the coast.


About Reunion island
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Originally Posted by Brisavoine
Google Street View has finally arrived in La Réunion !!!

It's the first overseas region of France covered by Google Street View, after the locals complained for years about not being included in the French coverage of Google Street View.

Here are a few screen captures I've made during my little exploration. It's absolutely fascinating. Europe in the tropics. The Réunionese complain all the time (like all French people), but after looking at the top-notch infrastructure they have, one has to wonder how they can whine so much. What I've seen is paradise compared to the rest of Africa or even compared to neighboring Mauritius. Spoiled people really.

It's also crazy how the urbanization goes up and up and up, never seeming to end. The climate way up there at 1,500 meters above sea-level must be absolutely lovely. Quite different from the coast.



















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Old March 1st, 2016, 04:02 PM   #3348
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Drôme

I made a video of D93 (former RN93) in the scenic Drôme River Valley, from Crest to Die. There are some nice wide open views of the mountains.

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Old March 6th, 2016, 08:43 PM   #3349
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N57 Besançon

Construction begins Monday on a stretch of N57 voie express north of Besançon. The first € 35 million phase will widen N57 to a four-lane expressway from the high-speed rail station near Auxon-Dessus to the existing expressway at A36. This is planned to be completed in 2019.

http://www.estrepublicain.fr/edition...enfin%29-parti

A separate phase is the construction of a new expressway from Devecey to Auxon-Dessus.

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Old March 10th, 2016, 09:12 PM   #3350
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6-lane motorway in La Réunion. Probably the only 6-lane motorway in overseas France.







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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:41 PM   #3351
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AFAIK A1 in Martinique has a 2x3 stretch.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 11:56 PM   #3352
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If it doesn't have an A designation, then it's not an autoroute. The only overseas autoroute is A1 in Martinique.
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Old March 11th, 2016, 01:26 PM   #3353
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He said "motorway", not autoroute. A motorway is a term generally used to define a grade-separated, dual-carriageway road restricted to motor traffic. Which is what that expressway in Réunion island is.
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A motorway is a term generally used to define a grade-separated, dual-carriageway road restricted to motor traffic.
Is it? Asking as a native English speaker...

How wide are the Expressways in New Caledonia? Other than the A1 in Martinique, they are the only routes specifically numbered as some form of grade-separated dual-carriageway restricted to motor traffic.
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Old March 12th, 2016, 01:02 AM   #3355
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AFAIK Nouméa has several voie express, some of them tolled. Guadeloupe has also an expressway, which has (very short) 2x3 stretches.
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Old March 21st, 2016, 09:57 PM   #3356
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A507, Marseille

The long-awaited A507 (also known as 'L2') in Marseille will open to traffic in July. It's a 5.2 km segment through eastern Marseille, this segment runs from A50 at Florian to Frais Vallon.

It will indirectly link A50 and A7, though the east-west segment is not entirely grade-separated, there are two roundabouts and the interchange with A7 is not free-flow.

This is the slowest road project in France. They started construction on this segment in 1994, so it has taken 22 years to complete it.

http://www.lamarseillaise.fr/marseil...ois-pour-la-l2
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 08:10 PM   #3357
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The stretch linking it with A7 will open next year, so the connection between A50 and A7 will be entirely free-flowing. That means Marseille will have a motorway-standard bypass after 80 years of planning
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 08:33 PM   #3358
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I'm guessing the toll tunnels under the city center will face a significant loss of revenue with the free A507 opening to traffic.

Traffic can also use D4C (Viaduc de Plombières) to reach A7 from A507, but that viaduct has only one lane in each direction. According to Wikisara the two-lane viaduct carried 85,000 vehicles per day, but that seems unrealistic. Even half that would be severely stretching the limits of a two-lane road.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 09:59 PM   #3359
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Marseille

This was once planned:


They actually preserved a right-of-way for the 'Autoroute Blancarde - Aubagne'. It was partially used for an urban arterial and tramway in 2007.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 10:06 PM   #3360
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