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Old May 30th, 2017, 05:52 PM   #3621
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There are indeed plans for a new bypass of Arles, but there hasn't been much talk about it (like many proposed projects under the Hollande government). As they appointed an environmental activist as transportation minister, excuse me, minister of ecological transition and solidarity, I don't have much confidence in future motorway projects in France, but I'd like to be proven wrong on that.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 01:24 PM   #3622
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Strikes are causing fuel shortages throughout France, but mostly in the northwest and in Paris. Yellow are fuel stations with limited supply, orange are fuel stations with no supply.

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Old May 31st, 2017, 02:41 PM   #3623
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There are indeed plans for a new bypass of Arles, but there hasn't been much talk about it (like many proposed projects under the Hollande government). As they appointed an environmental activist as transportation minister, excuse me, minister of ecological transition and solidarity, I don't have much confidence in future motorway projects in France, but I'd like to be proven wrong on that.

I've never had any trouble crossing Arles. I only remember one traffic jam or two, and it was a very busy Friday afternoon in the end of June. However, when crossing Montpellier on the old A9 there was a >50% chance of getting stuck in massive congestion, sometimes with traffic already backing up in Sète. I think there are higher priorities in région PACA regarding infrastructure, such as the crumbling, old motorways surrounding the Aix-Marseille area or the absolute lack of commuter expressways in Côte d'Azur.
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Old May 31st, 2017, 03:25 PM   #3624
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The French usually take workers strikes in a quite serious way, something that in Italy probably doesn't happen since the 1980s.
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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:04 PM   #3625
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N10 Poitiers - Bordeaux

The first new carriageway of the upgraded N10 expressway in Southwestern France will open to traffic tomorrow. It is a 6.6 kilometer segment between Reignac and Chevanceaux. The entire project length is 11.2 kilometers. By June 30th there will be 2x2 lanes and 110 km/h.

http://www.charentelibre.fr/2017/05/...in,3105086.php
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Old June 2nd, 2017, 07:17 PM   #3626
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A36 Belfort - Mulhouse

I took some photos of A36 last week. It was the first time I drove here. Before this trip I've only driven the short segment between Mulhouse and the German border. A36 is quite a long autoroute, called La Comtoise. It runs from A6 near Beaune to the German border. It is a partial toll road.

1. A36 is equipped with six lanes through Belfort & Montbéliard.

A36-1 by European Roads, on Flickr

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A36-2 by European Roads, on Flickr

3. You can exit before the tolls. A36 has an open toll system in this area, with a single toll barrier between Belfort and Mulhouse.

A36-4 by European Roads, on Flickr

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A36-6 by European Roads, on Flickr

5. The gare de péage.

A36-9 by European Roads, on Flickr

6. There was a serious backup on the westbound side. As traffic was otherwise light, I suspect they did not have a sufficient amount of toll gates open.

A36-10 by European Roads, on Flickr

7. Colmar is routed via the former N83 (now D83), a four-lane road. It's slightly shorter than A36-A35.

A36-13 by European Roads, on Flickr

8. The N66/D68 interchange. N66 ends here, D68 is an expressway along the west side of Mulhouse.

A36-15 by European Roads, on Flickr

9. Exit to D68.

A36-16 by European Roads, on Flickr

10. There is no mention of N66 here, nor any recognizable destinations. These towns are suburbs of Mulhouse. Though traffic to Thann and Épinal would've taken an earlier exit.

A36-17 by European Roads, on Flickr

11. Expansion works are ongoing on the west side of Mulhouse.

A36-18 by European Roads, on Flickr

12. Judging by this sign, they have been working on it for some time.

A36-19 by European Roads, on Flickr

13. Mulhouse-Centre. There aren't actually a whole lot of Mulhouse exits along A36.

A36-21 by European Roads, on Flickr

14. This is the other part of the Mulhouse-Centre interchange, which also serves D430, an expressway to the northern suburbs. The region north of Mulhouse is quite densely populated and has a number of four lane roads in addition to A35 and A36.

A36-22 by European Roads, on Flickr

15. There are now six lanes.

A36-23 by European Roads, on Flickr

16. This exit serves a commercial / industrial area. If you're traveling to Italy from the Netherlands, this is a good area to get an affordable hotel before going into expensive Switzerland.

A36-25 by European Roads, on Flickr

17. The A35 interchange. There is a nice 2-lane flyover from Basel to Mulhouse.

A36-27 by European Roads, on Flickr

18. Unusual support columns.

A36-30 by European Roads, on Flickr

19. A35 runs through a TOTSO, you have to exit on the right in both directions to follow A35 north and south. Otherwise you'll end up on A36.

A36-31 by European Roads, on Flickr
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Old June 5th, 2017, 01:59 PM   #3627
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A36 Mulhouse

A video in the opposite direction, starting at A35, then onto A36 and finally on the D68 expressway. The flyover is quite cool.

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Old June 7th, 2017, 03:16 PM   #3628
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Strasbourg

2015 traffic volumes in Strasbourg. The smaller number indicates the number of trucks and their share (%).

Strasbourg is pretty busy, also because all traffic eventually ends up on A35. The highest traffic volume is 162,800 vehicles per day near the city center. The new western bypass (dashed as the Grand Contournement Ouest) will alleviate it. But putting a toll on it won't help attracting traffic, especially off-peak.

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Old June 9th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #3629
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N82

The final missing link of N82 between Roanne and A72/A89 at Balbigny is nearing completion on this 30 March 2017 imagery.





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Old June 10th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #3630
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N66

A couple of photos of N66 from Remiremont to Rupt-sur-Moselle in the Vosges Mountains in Eastern France.

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9. De 2x2 voie express eindigt bij Rupt.

N66-12 by European Roads, on Flickr

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Old June 21st, 2017, 08:54 PM   #3631
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A6 Villefranche-sur-Saône

I stopped at McDonald's in Villefranche-sur-Saône, which is located right along A6.

1. Villefranche-sur-Saône is known for its large toll plaza going south. It is the end of the tolled segment from Paris to Lyon.

A6 Villefranche-1 by European Roads, on Flickr

2. A6 runs right through Villefranche-sur-Saône.

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3. Side view

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N10 Poitiers - Bordeaux

The second carriageway of N10 between Reignac and Chevanceaux was inaugurated today.

There is now only 4 kilometers remaining between a locality known as La Grolle and Chevanceaux, which will be completed in 2 years.

This photo was probably taken before the actual opening to traffic:

© Jérôme Deboeuf (France Télévisions)

http://france3-regions.francetvinfo....0-1286789.html
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Old June 28th, 2017, 07:46 PM   #3633
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A630 Bordeaux

I filmed A630 around Bordeaux, across the Pont d'Aquitaine.



The signage is a mess.

* the number A630 is almost never signed
* it uses green instead of blue signs
* from A10 the number A630 is signed
* from A63 there is only rocade intérieur / extérieur signed
* from A62 there is only rocade signed
* from N89 there is neither a road number or any rocade signs
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A45 Lyon - St. Étienne

The Council of State has given a positive advice for the construction of A45, a new motorway between Lyon and St. Étienne.
Construction could start in 2018 with a completion in late 2022.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/201...nt-etienne.php

The A45 is funded two-thirds by the government and one-third by VINCI.
It is a € 1.2 billion project, one of the largest in France in the coming years.

Some enthusiasts made this map:

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Old June 29th, 2017, 11:07 AM   #3635
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Two parallel motorways? Spanish style!
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I filmed A630 around Bordeaux, across the Pont d'Aquitaine.


The signage is a mess.

* the number A630 is almost never signed
* it uses green instead of blue signs
* from A10 the number A630 is signed
* from A63 there is only rocade intérieur / extérieur signed
* from A62 there is only rocade signed
* from N89 there is neither a road number or any rocade signs
The same thing happens in Périphérique de Toulouse. Apparently some French cities are ashamed of having a motorway.
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Old June 29th, 2017, 11:33 AM   #3637
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main cities in france are signed in green , you can reach them by road or motorway
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Motorway signage in France is blue. Exits pointing to cities are green. But the signage in Bordeaux's A630 is inconsistent because mainline signs are green and they should be blue. In Toulouse's A620, some mainline signs are white, and they should also be blue.
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Bat passages across A89 west of Lyon.

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Old July 1st, 2017, 10:34 PM   #3640
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bat? they cannot just fly over the motorway? i must admit this is the first time i see such a thing.
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