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Old July 1st, 2017, 10:50 PM   #3641
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Old July 1st, 2017, 11:10 PM   #3642
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Bats use natural objects such as tree lines to navigate through the environment. When a tree line is interrupted by a motorway, bats cannot fly through, or they fly too low and are then killed by passing traffic.

Bats are protected animals in most countries, and the construction of bat gantries is a relatively new development, and have been deployed in several countries since 2010. They are built in France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and the UK and possibly more countries.

There are two types;
* A hop-over. By preserving existing tree lines and planting a tree in the median of the motorway.
* A bat gantry: A steel gantry over the motorway.

There has been only limited research about their effectiveness, but a recent Dutch study cited several international studies executed between 2012 and 2016 that showed very little or no effectiveness for bat gantries.
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Old July 2nd, 2017, 02:20 AM   #3643
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how they move over the gantries? walking?
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Old July 2nd, 2017, 05:13 PM   #3644
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The only place where I've personally seen bat gantries is on A-7 around Alcoi in Spain. There, they set up netting between the gantries to ensure bats don't fall on the motorway. The netting may be 20 meters long so I assume it's much more effective than these linear gantries.
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Old July 9th, 2017, 09:48 PM   #3645
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French toll road operators offer leisure and entertainment at rest areas on busy travel weekends.







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Old July 9th, 2017, 11:13 PM   #3646
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Two parallel motorways? Spanish style!
New Jersey-style too. (The Turnpike and I-295 parallel each other for 50-odd miles; at times you can see one from the other.)
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Old July 16th, 2017, 04:57 AM   #3647
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Saw an unusual sign on Friday's (July 14) Tour de France coverage. Unfortunately, I can't find it on Streetview so I'll have to describe it. It would be, as near as I can figure, about 9 or 10 km west of Foix on the D17.

It had the standard white leaving-town sign (place name with a red diagonal bar through it), but instead of being the main piece of the sign assembly, this was as a white plate with black border pasted on a large yellow background...this yellow piece was a semi-circle with the top horizontal, and a good meter wide. "(09)," in quite a large font, in black, was sitting under the town sign. I know 09 is the département number there. I don't remember seeing the route number or a speed limit in the assembly...just this big yellow thing.
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D417 Col de la Schlucht

The Col de la Schlucht is a 1139 meter high pass in the Vosges in Eastern France. D417 runs across it and connects Gérardmer with Colmar. It is one of the principal pass routes through the Vosges, and also one of the highest.


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Old July 17th, 2017, 06:14 PM   #3649
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Need to get to Alsace next time I'm over there. I just checked Facebook and found out two friends (one an American, the other who lives in Offenbach) are heading to Colmar on vacation today.
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Saw an unusual sign on Friday's (July 14) Tour de France coverage. Unfortunately, I can't find it on Streetview so I'll have to describe it. It would be, as near as I can figure, about 9 or 10 km west of Foix on the D17.

It had the standard white leaving-town sign (place name with a red diagonal bar through it), but instead of being the main piece of the sign assembly, this was as a white plate with black border pasted on a large yellow background...this yellow piece was a semi-circle with the top horizontal, and a good three meters wide. "(09)," in quite a large font, in black, was sitting under the town sign. I know 09 is the département number there. I don't remember seeing the route number or a speed limit in the assembly...just this big yellow thing.
It must be this. The other half of the circle is on the ground.


It wasn't there in 2016: https://goo.gl/maps/BiWw5xDQhik
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Old July 17th, 2017, 07:04 PM   #3651
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It must be this. The other half of the circle is on the ground.


It wasn't there in 2016: https://goo.gl/maps/BiWw5xDQhik


That's it! Is that how the Ariège is marking town exits (and entrances) now? It occurred to me it might be Tour signage (they do their signage for riders on yellow backgrounds), but I've been to a couple of stages of the 2015 and 2016 Tours and never seen anything like that.

Maybe it's Ariège signage for the Tour....

P.S.: I see the standard sign on the left-hand side of the road. Can't make out what's written on the piece of the circle that's on the ground. But I'm on my phone; I'll check it on the computer later.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 09:56 PM   #3652
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I don't think that's an official signage.
The second half that says "qualité de vie" so it's probably some ugly, cheap ad for the village, I guess.
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Old July 21st, 2017, 07:15 PM   #3653
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N19: Amblans – Lure-West 3km (Summer 2013 to Spring 2017) – projectmap
D775: Grez-Neuville - La Membrolle-North ~3km (? to July 2017) – ? – map
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D775 was opened on 13th July. Source.
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D214 Le Champ du Feu

Le Champ du Feu is the highest elevation of the Bas-Rhin department in the Vosges in Eastern France. They constructed a viewing tower in 1898, but it is not accessible anymore due to the deteriorated condition.

Le Champ du Feu is not really a peak but a high altitude moor. Departmental Road D214 runs across it.


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Black Saturday in Paris... no traffic issues at all!
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Col de Steige

The Col de Steige is a 534 meter 'high' mountain pass in the Vosges in Eastern France, located in the Bas-Rhin department. 5 roads converge at this point.

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Old July 31st, 2017, 05:52 AM   #3657
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"field of fire", what an intriguing name

maybe the forest burned?
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Col d'Urbeis

Nearby Col de Steige is Col d'Urbeis, just a few kilometers south.


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N159 Tunnel Maurice-Lemaire

I made a video of N159 through the Tunnel Maurice-Lemaire in the Vosges. At 7 kilometers, it is the 5th longest road tunnel in France.

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