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Old July 16th, 2016, 12:19 PM   #3101
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The delay on A2 through Switzerland is approximately 4 hours if you combine all traffic jams. There are some minor delays near Basel, Härkingen and Luzern, a major queue at the Gotthard Tunnel, but also something is going on near Bellinzona at the Monte Ceneri Tunnel. And the usual queue at the Italian border.

However, travelling east through Germany and Austria is equally bad. Germany has a humongous amount of roadworks (over 500 on the Autobahn!) which results in extreme traffic conditions throughout southern Germany, many routes post 2+ hour delays.
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Old July 20th, 2016, 04:27 PM   #3102
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A13 Roveredo

The new A13 motorway around Roveredo is approaching completion and will open later this year. The 400 million CHF project constructs a new 4-lane bypass at Roveredo that will bypass a two-lane stretch of A13.







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Old July 20th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #3103
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A friend of mine was driving today with her kids to their annual vacation in Florence/coastal Tuscany... Don't know if they chose the Gotthard, though.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 07:59 PM   #3104
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It will include a 2.3 km tunnel with only two lanes, as now. The target is removing the autostrasse from the centre of the village of Roveredo, not increase capacity, which would be useless as the mountain section of the A13 is nearly entirely 2-lane. North of the tunnel but before the ramp there is again a 2+2 section. It is the first time a national road will be closed and demolished.

The section from the new tunnel to the A2 has recently been enlarged to full 2+2+narrow shoulders. When it opened it was 1+1+shoulders, and was later converted to 2+2 very narrow lanes with no shoulder at all. You can notice that from the fact that coming from the south the roads narrows from 4 lanes to 2 to cross a river, then widens again to 4 for a short stretch, narrows to 2 to cross the village, and widens again to 4 until the ramp (which starts as 1+1 divided, follows as 2+1 divided, and contineus as 2 undivided lanes).

A half junction has also been added near the rest area (only to/from the south).

The old section will be completely demolished restoring grasslands and fields, except maybe short sections as urban streets (after demolition of the embarkments and underpasses).

The 2 lane bridge between 4 lane sections: https://map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&...913.00&zoom=11

ASTRA's website: http://www.astra.admin.ch/autobahnsc...x.html?lang=it
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Old July 21st, 2016, 08:05 PM   #3105
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Are you sure about the tunnel having only two lanes? There are twin-tube tunnel portals visible on Google Earth imagery, and the bridges before and after the tunnel are 25 meters wide, sufficient for 2x2 lanes with shoulders.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 08:52 PM   #3106
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I'm sure, it is clearly visible in the photos in the website I posted. The 2 extra lanes end just before the tunnel.

There is a smaller escape tube, but that's the norm in modern tunnels. It doesn't seem there is a provision to enlarge it as a second tube, but there is no need for 4 lanes there.

This tunnel has been built only to remove a road with no conenction or disruption to local traffic from a 2500-inhabitant village, not to increase capacity. Quite a luxury project, considering the awful noise walls that ASTRA built in Bissone... https://www.google.ch/maps/@45.95072...7i13312!8i6656 (which by the way is a much nicer village, with much more noisy traffic on the motorway, and that would have deserved a much nicer proejct like a tunnel).
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Old July 21st, 2016, 09:08 PM   #3107
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It seems strange to invest 400 million CHF, build 2 tubes, but not build 4 lanes, even though it may not cause acute congestion. Twin-tube tunnels are safer and easier to ventilate (no opposing air flows).

Bissone is quite in a pickle. The historic center is wedged between A2, a busy railroad and the lake. I suppose a tunnel was not feasible due to the lake crossing.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 10:30 PM   #3108
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The safety tube tube is much smaller. It was built with a ~5 m diameter TBM, which has also bored another tube where is the traffic tube. Only after having bored these two smaller tubes, one of the two has been enlarged by drill&blast.

One project for Bissone is a new 3 lane tunnel for northbound traffic, and enlarging one of the existing carriageways to 3 lanes for southbound traffic, including one of the ~550 m tunnel south of Bissone. The other tube would be used for the cantonal road. But all this would need to tear down many buildings. The dam across the lake would be enlarged, and a third tube built for the 1.7 km tunnel north of it. Then new bridges or tunnels would be needed to reach Mendrisio. All of this would cost billions and should be done together for the 15 km from Lugano to Mendrisio, as any partial opening would not make any sense.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #3109
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A German family of 4 was killed on A2 yesterday when their car was crushed between two trucks at the southern portal of the Gotthard Tunnel.

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Old August 9th, 2016, 07:48 PM   #3110
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A9 Susten - Gampel

The 7.5 kilometer segment of A9 from Susten to Gampel in Valais/Wallis will open to traffic in late 2016. An open day will be held on 4 September, after that a testing period of approximately 2 months will lead to an opening in November or December.

This segment has been under construction for 12 years. It contains a short tunnel of approximately 700 meters long that was built in flat terrain along the railroad tracks near Turtmann.

http://www.1815.ch/news/wallis/aktuell/a9/

The article details why construction is so incredibly slow on this relatively simple project. They only allocated 40 - 45 million CHF annually to this project. The project cost is 490 million CHF, resulting in a 12 year construction period.

Immediately east of the to-be-opened stretch is Tunnel Riedberg, which is approximately 500 meters long. Construction started in April 2004, but the works were ceased in August 2005 after deformation and movement occurred in the mountain above. Some repair works were done from 2013 to 2015. They announced that construction of the tunnel will continue in fall 2016 after more than 11 years of no activity. No opening year is mentioned, but I'd be surprised if it opens before 2020.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 12:18 AM   #3111
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I heard that Valais/Wallis wanted construction to start on all sections of A9, but as the yearly budget was not increased, this lead to these endless works. 40-45 million CHF is likely just the yearly budget for this section, not for the whole A9 Sierre-Brig.

On other motorways like A16 they opened a short section of new road every year, each usually no longer than 5 km, but fully usable. Thus the A16 construction also took 30 years or so, but with some usefulness from the beginning (at one time there were like 4 or 5 unconnected sections of it).

The section to be opened starts here ( http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/46.30831/7.65478 ), east of Susten, and continues to the east, and might be followed by the section east of Gampe-Steg station. Traffic will thus have to leave the motorway for 1 km or so to skip the uncompleted Riedberg tunnel, then enter it again.
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Old September 5th, 2016, 08:51 PM   #3112
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The 7.5 kilometer segment of A9 from Susten to Gampel in Valais/Wallis will open to traffic in late 2016. An open day will be held on 4 September, after that a testing period of approximately 2 months will lead to an opening in November or December.
The official opening ceremony will be on 25th November 2016. Source.
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Old September 7th, 2016, 10:13 PM   #3113
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A proposed tangent in Basel:
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The A13 Roveredo bypass is planned to open on 7 November 2016.

http://www.ticinonews.ch/svizzera/30...ne-in-galleria
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Old September 10th, 2016, 04:58 PM   #3115
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On Thursday the parliament of Canton Bern has approved a budget for preliminary works on several road projects in the Emmental/Oberaargau region. In total, the projects will cost CHF 560 million and include bypasses of Hasle and Oberburg as well as a bypass in Aarwangen (which will include a large bridge) to better connect Langenthal to the A1 motorway.
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A week ago I drove through Switzerland on A2, all the way from Chiasso to Basel. I was surprised to see fast 4G mobile internet in the Gotthard Tunnel and Seelisberg Tunnel. Perhaps 4G is available in other tunnels as well, I didn't check my phone all the time (to be sure, I was not behind the wheel those times).

Also funny to drive through the Gotthard Tunnel and see the temperature rise quickly. It was 13°C at the tunnel portals, but 33°C in the middle of the tunnel.
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Old October 4th, 2016, 06:46 PM   #3117
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Relocate A2-A9?

I've been thinking about A9, and the crazy situation around Como. The Como Bypass is very substandard, poor sightlines, curvy tunnels, lack of shoulders. Coming from Switzerland there is just a single lane for Gotthard > Milano traffic.

How about relocating A9 to the west? This route is 4 kilometers shorter, there are only small altitude differences, there is space between the towns to build a new motorway and there is space near the border to construct a border crossing.

The benefits are improved traffic flow, improved safety and the current motorway through Chiasso could be removed. I'd keep the A9 to Como, but only intend it for local traffic.



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I've been thinking about A9, and the crazy situation around Como. The Como Bypass is very substandard, poor sightlines, curvy tunnels, lack of shoulders. Coming from Switzerland there is just a single lane for Gotthard > Milano traffic.

How about relocating A9 to the west? This route is 4 kilometers shorter, there are only small altitude differences, there is space between the towns to build a new motorway and there is space near the border to construct a border crossing.

The benefits are improved traffic flow, improved safety and the current motorway through Chiasso could be removed. I'd keep the A9 to Como, but only intend it for local traffic.
A such project was never considered in Italy. In the past, a motorway between Varese (A8) and Gaggiolo border crossing was considered, instead, but I don't know if Switzerland ever considered to build its counterpart (from Gaggiolo to A2 near Mendrisio).
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Also funny to drive through the Gotthard Tunnel and see the temperature rise quickly. It was 13°C at the tunnel portals, but 33°C in the middle of the tunnel.
This is normal in long deep tunnels through Alps. It is especially noticeable in winter, when you have, for example, -10°C outside and +20-30°C in the middle of the tunnel
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Gotthard Pass

I drove across the Gotthard Pass two weeks ago, this was the view. And now it's already closed for the season...


Gotthardpass-1 by European Roads, on Flickr


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