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Old November 6th, 2009, 08:08 PM   #781
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Here's a pic of one of the tunnels on the Western BP at Parc des Princes:
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Old November 7th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #782
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You mean the couverture de la plaine on the A1 in St. Denis:

Yes snowman... that specific motorway; i compare the photo with the map, it is the same area
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Old November 13th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #783
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Bit of news I've just heard on the evening TV news: the bridge over the Oyapock River that will link France to Brazil and will be the first land connection opened between both countries is now scheduled to open in 2012. The bridge will be 378 meter long. The masts will be 83 meter high. There will be two lanes for cars, 3.50 meter wide each, plus two lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.



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Old November 13th, 2009, 03:08 AM   #784
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What about a bridge to Suriname (between Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni and Albina)?
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Old November 13th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #785
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Border between the Netherlands and France:
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Old November 13th, 2009, 12:29 PM   #786
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where exactly? i see Netherlands Antilles flag
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Old November 13th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #787
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Sint Maarten / Saint-Martin
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Old November 13th, 2009, 02:25 PM   #788
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What about a bridge to Suriname (between Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni and Albina)?
At the moment there's no plan for such a bridge. It was already complicated enough to get the Franco-Brazilian bridge going, they had been talking about it for decades without doing anything (too far from Paris and Brasilia for the central governments to care until Sarkozy and Lula came to power, and a lot of fears from the French Guianase who think the bridge will bring more Brazilian immigrants and more traffic, in fact I believe a majority of the French Guianese are still opposed to building the bridge). So building a bridge across the Franco-Surinamese border seems even more complicated. To start with, the Maroni River is much wider than the Oyapock River, so the bridge would cost much more, and Suriname is poor and small, contrary to Brazil. Eventually, someday, they will probably build a bridge over the Maroni, so it will be possible to drive from Brazil to Suriname through French Guiana, but it's not going to happen anytime soon.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 11:39 PM   #789
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What does the french word "Rappel" mean? I often see "Rappel" below a speed limit sign in France.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 12:34 AM   #790
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"repeat" / "reminder".
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Old November 15th, 2009, 12:50 AM   #791
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"Reminder" is the correct translation. In this context at least.

In a commercial/industrial context, "rappel" means recalling a product that has some defects. "Rappel" can have other meanings in other contexts.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 02:00 AM   #792
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The Route des Tamarins ("Tamarind Road", a motorway in fact), on the island of Réunion, is now completed and opened to the public. It's one of the most spectacular motorways in the EU, if not THE most spectacular, crossing gorges that are so deep that the Eiffel Tower could fit in. Here are a few pictures.

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This viaduct is 320 meters long, just to give you an idea of dimensions. If you put the Eiffel Tower at the bottom of the gorge, the top of the Eiffel Tower would be approximately at the same level as the viaduct.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 12:02 PM   #793
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Old November 15th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #794
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The Route des Tamarins (Tamarind Road) looking quite new, in a very good shape...
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Old November 17th, 2009, 05:57 PM   #795
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Short questions to my French friends

I'm Italian and I love to drive in France. Last fall I was driven from a city near Firenze to Santander (Spain), and instead of taking the coast highway (from Menton - Monaco - Nice - Nîmes - Montepellier - Barcelona) I decided to take a route through Torino - Chambéry - Lyon - Saint-Ettienne - Clemont-Ferrand - Périgueux - Bordeaux - Irun, driving in some (then) newly opened stretches of the A89 near Perigueux.

Now, I have some doubts:

1. Are they any plans to finish the link between A89 and A20 near Brive-la-Gallard? Not that the place is not beautiful (it is very nice, indeed) but is seems nonsense to get a detour through a local road for 3/4 km. I guess than in the summer that strecht would be a major bottleneck like there was once one at Millau.

2. When approaching Clemont-Ferrand by A72 from Lyon, you need to take a big "detour" to the North on A71 before heading southwest on A89. Are they planning any shorter route throuhg south of Clemont-Ferrand to connect with A89?

3. Almost the entire strecht of N10 south of Bordeaux until Bayonne are marked with 110 km/h speed limit instead of usual 130 km/h. The highway is even an "N" and not an "A", but, aside of no tolls being collected, I couldn't find any difference between this N route and the other A highway.

4. This concerns the strecht between Nîmes and Aix-en-Provence. Are they planning to update some strechtes of A54 near Arles to freeway standards? It's pretty boring to reduce your speed to 80km/h and drive on tight curves before regaining the freeway again. Maybe a bypass would do it fine...
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Old November 17th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #796
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Short questions to my French friends

I'm Italian and I love to drive in France. Last fall I was driven from a city near Firenze to Santander (Spain), and instead of taking the coast highway (from Menton - Monaco - Nice - Nîmes - Montepellier - Barcelona) I decided to take a route through Torino - Chambéry - Lyon - Saint-Ettienne - Clemont-Ferrand - Périgueux - Bordeaux - Irun, driving in some (then) newly opened stretches of the A89 near Perigueux.

Now, I have some doubts:

1. Are they any plans to finish the link between A89 and A20 near Brive-la-Gallard? Not that the place is not beautiful (it is very nice, indeed) but is seems nonsense to get a detour through a local road for 3/4 km. I guess than in the summer that strecht would be a major bottleneck like there was once one at Millau.

2. When approaching Clemont-Ferrand by A72 from Lyon, you need to take a big "detour" to the North on A71 before heading southwest on A89. Are they planning any shorter route throuhg south of Clemont-Ferrand to connect with A89?

3. Almost the entire strecht of N10 south of Bordeaux until Bayonne are marked with 110 km/h speed limit instead of usual 130 km/h. The highway is even an "N" and not an "A", but, aside of no tolls being collected, I couldn't find any difference between this N route and the other A highway.

4. This concerns the strecht between Nîmes and Aix-en-Provence. Are they planning to update some strechtes of A54 near Arles to freeway standards? It's pretty boring to reduce your speed to 80km/h and drive on tight curves before regaining the freeway again. Maybe a bypass would do it fine...
to answer to these few questions

1 for A89 unfortunately there are no plans to finish it, maybe they will upgrade the departementale which links A89 and A20 to 2x2 and also upgrade A20 between the two parts of A89 for 2X2 to 2x3 but just that is "planed"

2 for the A71 detour, the situation will stays like that at the west of this motorway because it's the final way for A89, they couldn't build ot straight to Clermont due to protected area of Auvergne's volcanos
at the east of A71 they plan to build a short section to reduce the detour which is called "antenne de St Beauzine" but there is no construction date at the moment

3 the difference beetwen N and A, apart the speed limits, are in the fact that N aren't in motorway standarts
for the case of this stretch of N10, they plan to upgrade it into motorway standarts --> A63 and also to 2X3
the problem is that this upgrade will cause the toll on this stretch

4 for A54 they also plan to build Arles bypass but here too no date of construction is known, this bypass will probably be tolled to ASF which is the concessionaire of A54

hope that I could answer to your questions
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The Route des Tamarins (Tamarind Road) looking quite new, in a very good shape...
yes it opened few momths ago, this summer I think
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Old November 18th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #798
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BTW, its the main existing motorway in this island?
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Old November 19th, 2009, 02:07 AM   #799
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no i'ts not clasified in motorways just a "voie express"

and no some stretches were opened before this one
there already was an expressway between St Denis, the main town of the island, and St Paul which is called "route du litoral", this road is followed by the route des tamarins from St paul to l'Etang Salé
these two roads are part of the Nationale 1 and are situated on the west side of the island
on the east side there is also an expressway beetwen St Denis and St Benoit which is part of the Nationale 2
to link the 2 sides St Denis bypass was finished recently, unfortunately in its eastern part there are severals roundabout but now there is 2+2 from St Benoit to l'Etang Salé

sorry no map to illustrate that
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no i'ts not clasified in motorways just a "voie express"

and no some stretches were opened before this one
there already was an expressway between St Denis, the main town of the island, and St Paul which is called "route du litoral", this road is followed by the route des tamarins from St paul to l'Etang Salé
these two roads are part of the Nationale 1 and are situated on the west side of the island
on the east side there is also an expressway beetwen St Denis and St Benoit which is part of the Nationale 2
to link the 2 sides St Denis bypass was finished recently, unfortunately in its eastern part there are severals roundabout but now there is 2+2 from St Benoit to l'Etang Salé

sorry no map to illustrate that
Thanks, i may google it (google maps)
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