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Old March 25th, 2016, 09:35 PM   #3041
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The final segment of A16 between Court and Loveresse is scheduled to open on 5 December 2016.

http://www.arcinfo.ch/articles/regio...ecembre-516414
According to Coccodrillo's post and according to the project page, the article has mistaken the two A16 section u/c!

http://www.a16.ch/ (21st March 2016):

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n vue de fêter comme ils se doit l’ouverture complète de l'A16 au printemps 2017 (décembre 2016 pour la partie autoroutière restante sur territoire jurassien), deux journées Portes Ouvertes seront organisées en septembre sur les deux derniers tronçons de l’A16 en construction dans les cantons du Jura et de Berne:
Dans le Canton du Jura
entre Delémont et Choindez (4,9 km), le dimanche 4 septembre 2016
Dans le Canton de Berne
entre Court et Loveresse (8,8 km), le samedi 24 septembre 2016

To celebrate as they must complete opening of the A16 in spring 2017 (December 2016 for the remaining part of highway Jura area), two open days will be held in September on the last two sections of the A16 construction in the cantons of Jura and Bern:
n the Canton of Jura
between Delémont and Choindez (4.9 km), Sunday, September 4, 2016
In the Canton of Berne
between Court and Loveresse (8.8 km), Saturday, September 24, 2016
A16: Delemont-East – Choindez ~5km (? to 5th December 2016) [1st c/w] – projectmap
A16: Court – Loveresse ~10km (? to Spring 2017) [1st c/w] – projectmap

About the announced parital A9 openings in 2016.... I'll wait and see....
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Old April 9th, 2016, 12:49 AM   #3042
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The rare photo of an existing tunnel being enlarged to build an underground junction. You can clearly see the lighting and ventilation ducts of the existing tunnel.

It is the junction called "Verzweigung 3" in the Vispertal tunnel: http://www.vispertaltunnel.ch/downlo...nfospezial.pdf



The tunnel will be part of the A9. It wil reopen in March 2017, but I don't understand if fully, or partly as until now (only one of the two tubes, with bidirectional traffic Lausanne-Sion-Zermatt only, without traffic to the Simplon).

This nightmare might partially open next year (see my post above). But I will trust it only when I see it. This motorway has been under construction for decades. I remember a photo with weeds growing in a nearly abandoned concrete tunnel portal tehoretically under construction.

Source and other photos (not particularly valuable): http://www.cdt.ch/svizzera/cronaca/1...-del-vispertal

Details on http://www.vispertaltunnel.ch/ and http://www.a9-vs.ch/.
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Old April 9th, 2016, 10:35 AM   #3043
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This nightmare might partially open next year (see my post above). But I will trust it only when I see it. This motorway has been under construction for decades. I remember a photo with weeds growing in a nearly abandoned concrete tunnel portal tehoretically under construction.
I was on vacation in Brig in 2010 and there were actually small trees growing from the dirt on the concrete of the tunnel portal near Gampel. It's a shame.
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Old April 24th, 2016, 07:07 PM   #3044
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CH / A2 The Tunnels of Lucerne (Luzern)

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Old April 24th, 2016, 11:07 PM   #3045
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Does anybody know how many kilometers of road tunnels does Switzerland have? If there was a world ranking, I think Switzerland, Norway, Italy and Japan would be in the top 5. It'd be really interesting to see
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Old April 24th, 2016, 11:38 PM   #3046
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Does anybody know how many kilometers of road tunnels does Switzerland have? If there was a world ranking, I think Switzerland, Norway, Italy and Japan would be in the top 5. It'd be really interesting to see
I don't think that Switzerland would make the top 5 in such a ranking. There are certainly more road tunnels in the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan alone. Even the Netherlands could be ahead of Switzerland in terms of total length of road tunnels.
Switzerland may have one the the highest road tunnel density though.
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Even the Netherlands could be ahead of Switzerland in terms of total length of road tunnels.
I don't think so.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 01:14 PM   #3048
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I don't think so.
Me neither, but don't underestimate the amount there. Lots of water.
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Me neither, but don't underestimate the amount there. Lots of water.
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_...s_in_Nederland
The A2 alone (Basel to Chiasso) has more.

By the way, are we talking about absolute lengths combined or in relation to the total network? If the latter, Monaco is probably number one.
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Norway has over 1000 tunnels.
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Does anybody know how many kilometers of road tunnels does Switzerland have? If there was a world ranking, I think Switzerland, Norway, Italy and Japan would be in the top 5. It'd be really interesting to see
China (>8000km), Japan, Italy, Norway and Korea?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._tunnel_length

Switzerland (403km), Germany, Netherlands (34km), Hong Kong, Sweden

I would not trust the stat though.
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Norway has over 1000 tunnels.
Does that mean that Norway has tons of transportation infrastructure (all kinds) because of their oil money?
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It means Norway is very mountainous

Norway doesn't have a lot of motorways, unlike Switzerland. However in Switzerland they follow valleys, whereas this would be more difficult in Norway to connect all cities. Switzerland is also much more densely populated than Norway.

In Norway, the most important roads between the three largest cities all dip to near or even below 1,000 vehicles per day, while in Switzerland motorways with less than 10,000 vehicles per day are rare.
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Does Anyone know a gasstation at the Route 21 between the A9 (Martigny) and the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel, where I can pay with Euro and which gives maybe Euro as change.
As you know fuel is at Switzerland chaper than at Italy. And I would like to fill my car with "cheap" fuel before the Italian border.
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Does Anyone know a gasstation at the Route 21 between the A9 (Martigny) and the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel, where I can pay with Euro and which gives maybe Euro as change.
As you know fuel is at Switzerland chaper than at Italy. And I would like to fill my car with "cheap" fuel before the Italian border.
Pay with credit or debit card and.. voilà!
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Does Anyone know a gasstation at the Route 21 between the A9 (Martigny) and the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel, where I can pay with Euro and which gives maybe Euro as change.
As you know fuel is at Switzerland chaper than at Italy. And I would like to fill my car with "cheap" fuel before the Italian border.
No small station will give you change in Euro, pay with a card.
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Apparently electronic payment forms are not as commonly used in Germany as they are in most other neighboring countries. I've read a discussion recently between two Dutch who now live in Germany and are astounded by the amount of cash payments made by Germans instead of by debit / credit cards.
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Apparently electronic payment forms are not as commonly used in Germany as they are in most other neighboring countries. I've read a discussion recently between two Dutch who now live in Germany and are astounded by the amount of cash payments made by Germans instead of by debit / credit cards.
I can confirm that, but I never had any problems paying with debit cards in Germany, more so at gas stations.
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I usually pay with credit card in Germany. Acceptance of my debit card was spotty prior to the SEPA era.

I'm not sure why anyone would pay for fuel with cash on a long trip, but this is apparently relatively common among Germans. I rarely have over € 50 worth of cash on me.

Once I tried to pay for fuel in France but the terminal at the pump prompted me to enter a six-digit PIN code, whereas Dutch PIN codes have four digits. I've only seen this issue once.
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I usually pay with credit card in Germany. Acceptance of my debit card was spotty prior to the SEPA era.

I'm not sure why anyone would pay for fuel with cash on a long trip, but this is apparently relatively common among Germans. I rarely have over € 50 worth of cash on me.

Once I tried to pay for fuel in France but the terminal at the pump prompted me to enter a six-digit PIN code, whereas Dutch PIN codes have four digits. I've only seen this issue once.
I was able to use my German debit card (4 digits) in Italy (5 digits) and vice versa with no problem.
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