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Old July 28th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #1941
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Interesting that you went via the A22 Chris considering the signage in Belgium for Paris tends to force most travellers to bypass Lille via de Belgian A17 and French A27. :p
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Old July 28th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #1942
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A29 Saint-Quentin - Amiens - Le Havre - Beuzeville

The A29 is a 264-kilometer long motorway in northwestern France, mostly running in an east-west direction. I photographed the entire route in 202 photos, but posting them all at once is a bit much, so I'll spread it out. The more you guys comment, the less photos there are per page. Too bad this forum doesn't have a good "spoiler" option.

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Old July 28th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #1943
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By the way the speed limit on the shoulderless section between A26 and A1 is 130 km/h. In the Netherlands they're discussing whether a raise from 120 to 130 is safe if there are no shoulders at offramps
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Old July 28th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #1944
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Interesting that you went via the A22 Chris considering the signage in Belgium for Paris tends to force most travellers to bypass Lille via de Belgian A17 and French A27. :p
Surely it is, to some extent, a clinching trip - you wouldn't take that A1-A26-A29 route to Normandy unless you wanted to do the A26-A29 triangle, rather than the A1 you've done before.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #1945
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A video of the Pont de Normandie (Normandy Bridge) near Le Havre. It maybe even is the most impressive bridge I've ever driven, and I've driven many, but this one stands out due to its steepness, giant main spain and extremely tall pylons (stats in the video). If you drive it, the entire horizon disappears and you can only see the sky, it's that steep.

Leider ist dieses Video, das Musik von SME beinhaltet, in Deutschland nicht verfügbar, da ...
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Old July 28th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #1946
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A22 in Lille. Much to my surprise, it's actually composed of two separate sections, the well-known northern section, which is the longest, but also a short, 2 kilometer southern section between A1 and A23/A27. The N227 expressway links both sections.
Your clinched highways suggest you've done it before, though.

The A1 to A23/A27 section is very odd, given that A27 exit numbering continues the A22 sequence (starts at 2) and takes the mainline route through the junction - by logic it should be A27. Also odd is that the A23 has a junction 1, given the traditional French system of branching exit numbers (especially given that it was C27).

The A22 was planned to loop off the A1, following that logic, and that most of the northern section was A1
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Old July 28th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #1947
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Leider ist dieses Video, das Musik von SME beinhaltet, in Deutschland nicht verfügbar, da ...
Proxtube hilft
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Old July 28th, 2012, 05:26 PM   #1948
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Your clinched highways suggest you've done it before, though.
I did, although it was about 7 years ago when I drove there the last time.

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The A1 to A23/A27 section is very odd, given that A27 exit numbering continues the A22 sequence (starts at 2) and takes the mainline route through the junction - by logic it should be A27.
I always thought it was A27, but A22 is signed in both directions there. I think the main reason why A27 is missing in Villeneuve-d'Ascq is the 50 km/h curve at the A22-N227 change (the northern one).

By the way it's not uncommon in France to have exit numbers being based on an adjoining motorway. Sometimes exit numbering doesn't make sense at all, for example on A29 around Amiens (more photos later).
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Old July 28th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #1949
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The new road signs have been installed ahead of the Franco-Brazilian border.

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Old July 28th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #1950
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Ein Fehler ist aufgetreten.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 10:57 PM   #1951
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Another 20 photos of A29:

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Old July 28th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #1952
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Some of the white signs (starting at photo 49) have blue borders, or blue boxes around the destinations. Is that significant, in the French color-coding system?

By the way, the color-coding for different types of roads - by which I mean variation in the color of the signs themselves ("Amiens" on a green background means something different than "Amiens" on a blue background) - is completely foreign to Americans, and probably for a lot of non-Europeans.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #1953
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Basically, a city's name on a blue background means (modern world here I am).

A city's name on a green background means (20 cars stuck behind a stupid slow driver).

At least that's how I always feel when I see the signs.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #1954
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Some of the white signs (starting at photo 49) have blue borders, or blue boxes around the destinations. Is that significant, in the French color-coding system?.
I think that indicates whether the signed places are accessible straight from the highway or whether they involve some non-highway road to be reached.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #1955
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I can't remember having seen that anywhere else than Amiens. I've no idea what it means...
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Old July 29th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #1956
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Amiens is the only place that has them, and they are there to indicate that it is part of the ringroad.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 09:29 AM   #1957
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It makes me wonder why the A29 part of the Amiens périphérique is toll free, while the A16 part is not. The exits along A29 are configured to leave space for an off-ramp toll plaza.

The next 20 photos show the Amiens bypass.

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As you can see the Dury toll plaza has only 2 lanes for tickets, which surprised me, even at low traffic there was a waiting line. A significant delay was reported last weekend there.

I drove behind that cactus van for many kilometers by the way.
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A16 has very low volumes of traffic all the way from Boulogne to Paris, including the Amiens part. The A29 part of Amiens has lots of commuter traffic.
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I haven't spotted any breathalyzers in France by the way. Not a single gas station had them from what I've seen. I've driven 3500 km in 5 days so I've been to a lot of gas stations
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