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Old October 11th, 2014, 11:45 AM   #2841
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It's an outstanding bridge.


Fribourg: Le pont de la Poya (Switzerland) by christian.rey, on Flickr


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Old October 11th, 2014, 12:13 PM   #2842
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it also includes a cool tunnel with a roundabout, see the RTS link I provided in the first post.

Also, answering again to Suburbanist's question: Note that the bridge is not primarily intended as a mean increase capacity, the objective of the bridge is first and foremost to divert traffic from the old town, where the pre-existing bridge (Zaehringen) leads to:



In fact the use of this old bridge will now be restricted to buses, bicycles and such.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #2843
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Nice look cable stayed bridge =)



One lane per direction + Emergency/Shoulder Lane
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Old October 11th, 2014, 10:34 PM   #2844
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It is 2+1:

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it's 3 lanes for cars, 1 towards route de Morat (to the west, i.e. the side of the old city) and 2 towards the other direction. The other lane is reserved for pedestrians and bicycles; it might seem like a waste of space but the authorities were probably afraid of a disproportionate increase in traffic had they arranged it as 2x2, which would have clogged the roads leading to the bridge; route the Morat is 2x2 and so the expected increase of traffic there is calculated at 7% only, but on the other side there are only 1x1 roads and traffic increases are estimated at 14% for route de Berne and 19% for route de Tavel.

Some very nice pics in here: http://www.pontpoyaphotos.ch

by the way, it's the longest cable bridge in Switzerland.
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Old October 13th, 2014, 06:45 PM   #2845
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It wouldn't hurt to add some marks (maybe arrows). I remember being very confused on the Birmensdorferstrasse, which is 1 + Bus + 1. Seems they added arrows there: https://www.google.ch/maps/@47.36904...!3m1!1e3?hl=en
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Old November 5th, 2014, 10:02 PM   #2846
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All Swiss transalpine roads (including A2 and A13) are closed at the moment, or are likely to be closed at any moment, because of snow. Trucks are all forbidden to pass, light vehicles might be able to travel depending on condititons.
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 12:13 PM   #2847
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New tourist signs in Solothurn.



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Old November 23rd, 2014, 02:43 PM   #2848
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What is happening with A2 ?
Is it closed now,or it's open for light vehicles ?
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 03:39 PM   #2849
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I travelled yesterday and it's perfectly clean and dry. It was saturday so no lorries on the way, but there are no apparent reasons for a prohibition for them.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 04:40 PM   #2850
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In Switzerland truck ban is on Sundays and public holidays, and at night 22-5 (so from Saturday at 22.00 until Monday at 5.00) - there are no bans on Saturdays. In case of difficult weather lorries are the first vehicles to be banned*, but that isn't the case this weekend (there has been a truck ban a week or so ago, though).

*there are some truck drivers that apparently don't know what does "snow" or "police ban" mean, during last ban earlier this month some drivers nearly aggressed policemen that wanted to stop them, and last year another one opened the barrier closing the San Bernardino pass ending blocked on a very tight hairpin curve with a lot of snow around
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 05:26 PM   #2851
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There were very few lorries on the road, yesterday. Of course no traffic from Germany coming in (afternoon, no custom service available), but as far I try to remember I've overtook buses, but any lorry. Any reason for that? BTW, the ban is only on sundays and holidays, also in Italy and Germany.

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Old November 23rd, 2014, 05:33 PM   #2852
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Of course no traffic from Germany coming in
Why no traffic from Germany?
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Why no traffic from Germany?
I think because

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I've edited my previous massage just before MichiH wrote his own, so he couldn't read it
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Old November 28th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #2855
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A1 Bern - Zürich

The federal government has proposed to widen A1 north of Bern. It would feature 2x4 lanes across the Grauholz ridge (between both legs of A6) and 2x3 lanes further to Kirchberg.

http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/b...story/20641311
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 10:36 PM   #2856
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 08:29 AM   #2857
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New tourist signs in Solothurn.




Why don´t they use "Herzlich Willkommen"?

Willkommen alone sounds like: "Well, yeah, nice that you visit us but please leave as soon as possible. Merci."
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IS Solothurn a "half-canton"?
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IS Solothurn a "half-canton"?
No, aparently only Nidwalden\Obwalden, Basel City\Basel Region and Inner Appenzell\Outer Appenzell are half-cantons.
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semicantone
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:47 PM   #2860
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A few small improvements are being made on the A13.

On this section near Bellinzona (4.6 km) the carriageways are being widened to motorway standard, although with narrow shoulders. Here you can clearly see the difference. This section was initially built as 1+1 divided autostrasse with shoulders, and later converted to a narrow 2+2 (width limit on the left lane around 2 m).

By 2016, this 23 km section will be fully 2+2 with the exception of the Roveredo-San Fedele tunnel which is being built as a single tube two lane tunnel. It would have been useless to build the tunnel as 2+2 as the mountainous section of A13 is nearly entirely 1+1 without median, and as there isn't much local traffic there.

[IMG]http://i61.************/2wclml5.jpg[/IMG]

This 2.4 km section has been converted from two very wide lanes to a 2+1 (partly 1+1) divided road.

[IMG]http://i59.************/148lwsj.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i60.************/302oyaa.jpg[/IMG]

After this newly divided section one can see the old strange setup, where overtaking is allowed and where there are two official lane. It is like the "lane of the death" there was once on the Italian A6, or a central lane for overtaking in both directions. The difference here is that there are just two marked lanes, but as wide as three.

[IMG]http://i59.************/2d9p4sl.jpg[/IMG]

Finally, it seems that they are going to replace this section of the northbound carriageway by building a new one near the southbound carriageway. The existing northbound carriageway has a few uphill sections quickly followed by downhill sections, limiting visibility.
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