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Old October 1st, 2007, 10:25 PM   #21
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110 is indeed extremely slow, considering the low amount of traffic (except Stockholm and Göteborg), and the huge distances.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 12:27 AM   #22
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Nice pix, Chris! What's "trafikplats" though? And why is there no braking lane in Sweden?!
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 10:32 AM   #23
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Swedish roads are quite American-like, they usually have no braking lanes too.

Trafikplats is not necessary an interchange of motorways, but can be any larger junction. Not all junctions are signed "Trafikplats" though.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:09 AM   #24
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110 is indeed extremely slow, considering the low amount of traffic (except Stockholm and Göteborg), and the huge distances.
Although people are usually driving well above 110 km/h on motorways here.

Interestingly the E45 in Norrland is also 110 km/h.

This is the E45

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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:14 AM   #25
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^ Sooo romantic. But if it was a cow, it would look backwards.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 12:54 AM   #26
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New E4 motorway through Uppland open for traffic



A new part of the E4 motorway was finally inagurated on Wednesday afternoon. About 15 000 cars will use the 80 km long motorway daily. The new stretch has 9 interchanges, 102 bridges and 3 rest areas. A small part was inagurated late last year. The road is already being criticized for having narrow lanes, on the other hand property prices in these northern cities have already started to rise.

The newly constructed stretch makes the E4 a continous motorway from the northern city of Gävle to the southern port of Helsingborg.






Bypass of Uppsala; the bypass will cary an ADT of 25.000;



Concrete pavement, a rare sight in this country.


Asphalt vs concrete, picture from before the opening;



Asphalt pavement...Is it shiny enough?



Trafikplats (=IC) Tierp




The old road and the new motorway connecting to the existing motorway at Trafikplats Mehedeby Syd.


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Old October 18th, 2007, 01:23 AM   #27
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^ Nice, filling gaps. How far to the north are your motorways planned?
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Old October 18th, 2007, 01:52 AM   #28
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Good news!

Actually the Uppsala bypass was already opened!
I have somo photo's of it, taken this February.
The motorway is covered in snow!

I'il post them tomorrow.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #29
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The newly constructed stretch makes the E4 a continous motorway from the northern city of Gävle to the southern port of Helsingborg.
Aren't there any gaps between Stockholm and Malmö?

Viamichelin shows a gap near Ljungby, but the map posted online is probably from 2006.

Great news!

Next thing to do is a motorway between Stockholm and Gotenburg with no gaps (the Jönköping Boras is missing)!
Then maybe a Gotemburg-Oslo all in motorway.... and them maybe the Stockholm-Gotemburg conection via Örebro.
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http://www.vv.se/templates/page3wide____18531.aspx Just click on the blue text for big pix, of the new Motorväg.
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Aren't there any gaps between Stockholm and Malmö?
The worst part(40km near Ljungby) is 2+1 and 110 km/h
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@ Nephasto; That is technically right; there's a 32 km stretch of 'motortrafikled' around Ljungby, It keeps the same standard and speed as the motorway but is a 2+1 road.

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Next thing to do is a motorway between Stockholm and Gotenburg with no gaps (the Jönköping Boras is missing)!
Then maybe a Gotemburg-Oslo all in motorway.... and them maybe the Stockholm-Gotemburg conection via Örebro.
Very true. A new stretch of motorway of road 40 will open in the coming days, that will bring down the missing link between Göteborg and Stockholm to ~ 60 km. Unfortunately, I doubt we'll see that whole gap filled until sometime after 2015.

Looking forward to seeing your photos from Uppsala!

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Old October 18th, 2007, 09:58 PM   #32
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^ Nice, filling gaps. How far to the north are your motorways planned?
Not so much. Currently 2 short motorway stretches are planned through Norrland, one is a 22 km bypass around the city of Sundsvall and the other is a 25 km stretch between the cities of Enånger and Hudiksvall that was approved a few days ago. Both are on the E4.

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Old October 18th, 2007, 10:26 PM   #33
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^ So are you saying that (at least for now) there's no motorway planned between Gävle and Söderhamn, and is therefore the continuous motorway from Stockholm up north already finished (Stockholm-Gävle)? (not that motorways up there are desperately needed anyway)
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Old October 18th, 2007, 10:59 PM   #34
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^ That's right. There will be a 80 km gap then another 50 km motorway between Söderhamn and Hudiksvall.

I'd rather they spend more on roads in the south instead, like speeding up construction on the Göteborg-Stockholm link... although my wetest dream is to drive on a motorway following the coast all the way to Finland before I die.
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I wonder why the speed limit is only 110km/h... It's really slow for such huge distances. The Swedish motorväger are excellent for a 130km/h limit.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #36
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what does the road between Norrtälje and Kappelskär look like? i guess it is 2 way road, but are there any villages on it or it doesnßt pass threw inhabitted places? and is there a plan or need to make motorway there?
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Old October 18th, 2007, 11:43 PM   #37
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The E18 between Norrtälje and Kapellskär has some villages on and nearby the road. However, that distance is quite short, some 25km i guess.
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I'd rather they spend more on roads in the south instead, like speeding up construction on the Göteborg-Stockholm link...



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although my wetest dream is to drive on a motorway following the coast all the way to Finland before I die.
Hehe!

Well, I guess there's no point in constructing a motorway all the way up to the north. There's probably no need for it (not enough traffic), and it would probably have a quite negative environmental impact.



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I wonder why the speed limit is only 110km/h... It's really slow for such huge distances. The Swedish motorväger are excellent for a 130km/h limit.
It may be related to the weather (lots of ice and snow in the roads). And besides, Swedes are always very safe, so 110 is more than enough!
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Foto's from the Uppsala bypass motorway (part of the E-4 motorway from Stockholm to Gävle)!
The photo's were taken on a viaduct (in the road from Uppsala to Gimo) and they are between the exits Uppsala center (or south or whatever) and Uppsala north (or whatever). On some picture you can see the signaling for the exit to Uppsala north.



















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A new part of the E4 motorway was finally inagurated on Wednesday afternoon. About 15 000 cars will use the 80 km long motorway daily. The new stretch has 9 interchanges, 102 bridges and 3 rest areas. A small part was inagurated late last year. The road is already being criticized for having narrow lanes, on the other hand property prices in these northern cities have already started to rise.
Why is it being criticized for having narrow lanes? Are the lanes narrower than usual?
Do you know what's the lane width they used and whats the standard in Sweden?
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