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Old June 23rd, 2016, 01:38 AM   #2761
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It's not that uncommon, you see an american van in the distance aswell.

Am-car culture is alive in S, check this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Big_Meet
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 10:11 AM   #2762
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On an off-topic note:
What's an American full-size pickup truck doing in Europe?

American Expat? American Embassy employee? American tourist?
What about it, there is 2 Rams in my neighborhood alone, ain't no embassy folks owning those.

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Old June 23rd, 2016, 11:04 PM   #2763
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I'm planning a vacation in Sweden and the Vildmarksvägen (Wilderness Road) crossed my mind. It's a little farther north than I planned to go (Åre).
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Good choice. Åre is not a very interesting place, especially in the summertime.
I decided not to do the Wilderness Road this time. I changed my plans due to the favorable weather forecast, so I went to Norway first, which played out very well, I basically had two weeks of sunny, warm weather which isn't a given in these parts.

I felt that driving the Wilderness Road would be underwhelming after seeing all that spectacular scenery in Norway. So I did go to the Åre area (which is indeed quite deserted during the summer). I stayed at a campsite with a big waterfall and also did a tour of Kallsjön and surrounding area.

LV 336 was surprisingly unpaved for about 40 kilometers, I did not expect a länsväg to be unpaved. The road was completely deserted apart from a team working for Trafikverket on a bridge. I also went to Tännforsen, the largest (not highest) waterfall in Sweden. It was nice and more accessible than many waterfalls in Norway.

The Wilderness Road will be for another time. Maybe combined with a trip up to Helgeland Coast or Lofoten.
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Old June 24th, 2016, 07:14 PM   #2764
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It's not that uncommon, you see an american van in the distance aswell.

Am-car culture is alive in S, check this:
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Even more so in Norway
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Old June 24th, 2016, 07:56 PM   #2765
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Pickup trucks appear to be fairly popular in Norway. Many with green (commercial) plates and both from Asian and American brands. It's a bit of a contrast with the high sales of electric cars.
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Old June 25th, 2016, 12:22 AM   #2766
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Actually it's the same thing, the high tax on vehicles, and the loopholes (green number plate = goods vehicle = lower tax)
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Old June 27th, 2016, 06:39 PM   #2767
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E4 Södertälje

A semi truck crashed into the E4 bridge across the canal in Södertälje this weekend, causing extensive damage. Several beams are damaged and the bridge is closed to all southbound traffic. This leads to long traffic jams.

The adjacent Saltsjö Bridge is the local detour route. The bridge is currently under contraflow operation, with both lanes for southbound traffic. Northbound traffic is not affected because they are two separate spans.

It appears to be the same bridge where the English band Viola Beach died in a crash earlier this year.

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Old June 27th, 2016, 09:54 PM   #2768
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A semi truck crashed into the E4 bridge across the canal in Södertälje this weekend, causing extensive damage. Several beams are damaged and the bridge is closed to all southbound traffic. This leads to long traffic jams.

The adjacent Saltsjö Bridge is the local detour route. The bridge is currently under contraflow operation, with both lanes for southbound traffic. Northbound traffic is not affected because they are two separate spans.

It appears to be the same bridge where the English band Viola Beach died in a crash earlier this year.
The incident is quite problematic, because alternative high-capacity routes are not available in the proximity. (The streets of the the city of Södertälje are not such routes.) The roadworks on Rv55 have been put on hold to help the situation. The road administration says that it may take weeks to restore the normal traffic.

The accident has an impact to the marine traffic, too. As the bridge cannot be opened, the fairway between the sea and the lake Mälaren is blocked to the vessels needing the vertical clearance over 26 meters. No vessel was stranded on the lakeside.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 11:09 PM   #2769
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Why don't use the other carriaggeway for both directions, with a 1+1 configuration?
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Old June 27th, 2016, 11:46 PM   #2770
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Why don't use the other carriaggeway for both directions, with a 1+1 configuration?
There are three bridges: Two 2-lane motorway bridges, and one 1+1 lane bridge to the west of the motorway for the local traffic. Now, the southbound motorway traffic is being diverted to the bridge for the local traffic. Thus, there are a 2 lanes available for both directions.

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=tvx...je&form=LMLTCC
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Old June 28th, 2016, 11:39 AM   #2771
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A semi truck crashed into the E4 bridge across the canal in Södertälje this weekend, causing extensive damage. Several beams are damaged and the bridge is closed to all southbound traffic. This leads to long traffic jams.

The adjacent Saltsjö Bridge is the local detour route. The bridge is currently under contraflow operation, with both lanes for southbound traffic. Northbound traffic is not affected because they are two separate spans.

It appears to be the same bridge where the English band Viola Beach died in a crash earlier this year.
Correct, they did. But in the northbound direction.

Traffic around Södertälje seems to have improved vastly over yesterday and the weekend. Still some between Moraberg (exit 144) and the bridge, but the central parts of Södertälje seem to have much less traffic.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 05:56 PM   #2772
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E45 Sveg

I noticed Google Maps takes you on different routes that what is signposted (and perhaps common sense) on E45 from Östersund to Mora, near the town of Sveg.

When routing E45, Google Maps suggests to take two county roads that stay well east of Sveg. This route is 15 kilometers shorter than the signposted route. However, Google Maps also gives an alternate route, which is also different than the signposted route, it recommends taking a narrow unpaved road just east of Sveg.

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Old July 13th, 2016, 10:57 PM   #2773
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Old July 19th, 2016, 02:21 AM   #2774
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Chris, I just drove there the other week and I can confirm the alternative route suggested by Google Maps is a good alternative. Mostly signposted 80/90 but with very light traffic (and no caravans unlike the E45), which means averaging 100km/h during good weather conditions is no problem.
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Old July 19th, 2016, 04:05 AM   #2775
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There's investigation going for a Sveg bypass which will make E45 20m shorter. http://www.trafikverket.se/e45sveg. I read somewhere that they might start building in 2018.
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Old July 19th, 2016, 10:38 AM   #2776
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20 km! not 20 m

There's a map at the bottom of the page linked to. Looks like a bypass will mean getting rid of a big de-tour. Do it.
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Old July 20th, 2016, 04:16 PM   #2777
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E45 Göteborg - Trollhättan

I took some photos of E45 from Göteborg to Trollhättan. This section of motorway was completed mostly in 2012, it has narrow or no shoulders.

1. A commuter rail was built alongside E45 north of Göteborg, which means pedestrian bridges to stations and elevated interchanges.

E45-18 by European Roads, on Flickr

2. Surte North

E45-20 by European Roads, on Flickr

3. The last chance to switch to E6 for a while.

E45-22 by European Roads, on Flickr

4. Nol. Trollhättan is signed relatively late, despite the city being sizeable and relevant for E45 traffic, as you have to drive through Trollhättan on an urban dual carriageway and turn off 3 times to follow E45. And it has a McDonald's.

E45-24 by European Roads, on Flickr

5. E45 north of Nödinge.

E45-27 by European Roads, on Flickr

6. E45 follows the Göta Älv valley, which is a major river that flows from Vänern to Kattegat.

E45-30 by European Roads, on Flickr

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E45-32 by European Roads, on Flickr

8. There are also bus stops along E45, so passenger can switch to the train if needed.

E45-33 by European Roads, on Flickr

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E45-35 by European Roads, on Flickr

10. The landscape is quite alright, I believe they call it 'Aspen Parkland' in North America.

E45-37 by European Roads, on Flickr

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E45-39 by European Roads, on Flickr

12. Trollhättan 37 kilometers.

E45-40 by European Roads, on Flickr

13. Lödöse

E45-41 by European Roads, on Flickr

14. The motorway is briefly interrupted at Lilla Edet.

E45-44 by European Roads, on Flickr

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E45-45 by European Roads, on Flickr
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Old July 20th, 2016, 07:18 PM   #2778
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Trollhättan is also known for being the hometown of one of the world's greatest car manufacturers (now defunct) . Cars made there were looked really weird to those unfamiliar with them, but once you've driven one you don't want anything else.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 05:35 PM   #2779
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I took some photos of E45 from Göteborg to Trollhättan. This section of motorway was completed mostly in 2012, it has narrow or no shoulders.
The hard shoulder looks like a with of 1 m, less than the usual 2 m and much less than 3 m in many other European countries.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 05:43 PM   #2780
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The hard shoulder looks like a with of 1 m, less than the usual 2 m and much less than 3 m in many other European countries.
The narrowest motorway profile in Sweden is 18,5m which indeed is less than most European Countries. Closer to Göteborg the road width increases to 21,5m though.
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