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Old October 7th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #1041
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The E6 between Tanumshede and Knäm will open 2011-10-17, according to http://bohuslaningen.se/nyheter/tanu...ngtad-motorvag.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #1042
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There is still a "2+1 gap" at Ljungby. It is a horrible stretch.
That part is a expressway and have at least a barrier. The road have junctions in motorway standard. But I agree that part could be better. But it's working like a part of a longer motorway at the E4.

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The old E4 at this section was a wide road of good standard. There also was a great "RASTA" truckstop at Rök where I had dinner a few times. In Väderstad there used to be a staffed service station.

When the new motorway opened these places closed, but the wide road remains, although traffic nowadays is sparse.
The standard was ok for a road in Sweden. But not good enough for a part of the road from Stockholm to Copenhagen. So that part really needed to be rebuilt.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #1043
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Of course it was due to politics, but I doubt the EU membership had that much to do with it. A long list of motorway projects were given the go ahead in the early 1990's as a way to kickstart the economy after the financial crises (it didn't hurt that the Bildt-government back then was very keen on getting motorway projects started).

Sure, the EU membership may have changed attitudes a bit, maybe, but it's also true that very little EU-funding has been available for Swedish motorway projects.

The Norra länken (northern part of the ring road) project in Stockholm is an exception, roughly 55 million EUR comes from the EU. A big number, but still less than 5% of the total cost for the project.
Sweden began to have a completely different way of looking at motorways from the 1990s onwards. Before motorways were built mostly as short sections adjacent to cities. They were about 10-15 km long, not much more. There were mostly no exception and it was the Stockholm-Uppsala and Malmö-Helsingborg and some others similar. There was a bit more motorways, after all, went between the cities. But otherwise it was just short parts that went to towns and was about 10-15 km long.

It was in the 1990s that they started to change this, and since then it has changed a lot.

Since then, the short motorways expanded, extended to the long motorway (and expressway) and a real motorway network has been created.

But it's since Sweden joined the EU in which these changes have occurred, from a few odd short motorway to a real network. Some began while construction shortly before EU membership but even these were built when the membership of the EU planned. And the big difference is that before had most motorways for local traffic, today they are used for long distance traffic as well as international traffic. So the attitudes is very changed.

It's true that very little EU-funding has been available for Swedish motorway projects. But some of the motorway projects get money from the EU.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 05:10 AM   #1044
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I think 2+2 all the way to Sundsvall is essential for the future of Norrland. Hopefully all new roads will be built with a 2+2 standard.
I would love to see a grade-separated 2+2 road all the way to Sundsvall, but it doesn't seem likely Remember that if Hudiksvalls Kommun hadn't contributed with extra money, the stretch between Enånger and Hudiksvall would have been 2+1 instead.

22km of 2+1 is planned between Kongsberget and Gnarp ( http://www.trafikverket.se/Privat/Pr...-motesfri-vag/ ) to get rid of the last 2-lane stretch between Gävle and Sundsvall.

On top of that, there are many existing stretches of 2+1 that are likely to remain for quite a while.

One stretch that I would like to see upgraded to motorway (or four-lane "motortrafikled") is the stretch Gävle - Axmartavlan which has an AADT of 8600 - 10160.

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Old October 8th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #1045
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But it's since Sweden joined the EU in which these changes have occurred, from a few odd short motorway to a real network. Some began while construction shortly before EU membership but even these were built when the membership of the EU planned. And the big difference is that before had most motorways for local traffic, today they are used for long distance traffic as well as international traffic. So the attitudes is very changed.

It's true that very little EU-funding has been available for Swedish motorway projects. But some of the motorway projects get money from the EU.
Still, very little of that actually has to do with EU. Correlation does not imply causation, despite how much one would want that. Before the 90s there weren't really a need for motorways either, except for in urban area, where they, as you say, were built and have existed since the 60s and 70s.
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Old October 16th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #1046
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Some photos of Sweden's first motorway from Malmö to Lund (opened in 1953). Source: the newly opened photo archive of the newspaper "Sydsvenskan". The watermark is only removed if you buy the photo.

1. Left-hand traffic


2. Directional signs, note the road number (national road 4)


3. "End of motorway"


4. No har shoulders and central barrier


5. Extension past Lund
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Old October 16th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #1047
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Aha, so it wasn't called an "Autostrada" after all. Rumor had it the first Swedish motorways were called "Autostrada".
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Old October 16th, 2011, 09:41 PM   #1048
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That particular stretch of road is actually called "The autostrada" in the area, at least according to some people...
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Old October 16th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #1049
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Excellent on/off-ramp configuration for the 1950's. The concrete paving must have been considerably cheaper in those days. I also see traffic driving on the left. Sweden switched over soon after. I wish Ireland would switch to driving on the right.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 08:45 AM   #1050
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Today another 6 km of motorway opens on the E6 between Tanumshede and Knäm:

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Old October 17th, 2011, 03:10 PM   #1051
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ChrisZwolle,

'Autostradan' (the Autostrada) was never an official name, nor was it a common name for Swedish motorways in general at the time. It was only this stretched that was referred to, locally, as Autostradan, and it still is by many.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 11:26 PM   #1052
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'Autostradan' (the Autostrada) was never an official name, nor was it a common name for Swedish motorways in general at the time. It was only this stretched that was referred to, locally, as Autostradan, and it still is by many.
Some maps for Lund still have the text 'Autostradan'. But the word Autostrada is sometimes still used in Sweden, and not only for this motorway.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 11:59 AM   #1053
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Old October 25th, 2011, 12:22 PM   #1054
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is the "stop grisekjørning i sverige" sign still there along the E6 or did they remove it ?
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Old October 25th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #1055
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A short visualisation clip of the interchange on E4 that will be built south of the forthcoming bridge in Sunsdsvall.

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Old October 25th, 2011, 11:44 PM   #1056
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is the "stop grisekjørning i sverige" sign still there along the E6 or did they remove it ?
Never noticed such a sign... Altough i really liked the Teddybear telling you to drive careful... "My daddy works here"
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Old October 26th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #1057
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That Sundsvall bridge could've been spectacular. Why are they building such an ugly bridge?
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 10:28 PM   #1058
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Today more detailed plans for the new E22 alignment from Linderöd to Vä in southern Sweden were published.

Western section (planned junctions 33-34): http://www.trafikverket.se/PageFiles...us_nov2011.pdf
Eastern section (planned junction 35): http://www.trafikverket.se/PageFiles...us_nov2011.pdf

Construction will start in 2013 at the earliest.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #1059
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Video about the new alignment of national trunk road 50 Motala-Mjölby. It will be routed along what is currently part of national road 32. This will be a detour, but the new road will be fully grade separated and part 2+1, part 2+2 to attract traffic.

Also, the rail line along it is being dualled.

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Old November 6th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #1060
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Video about the new alignment of national trunk road 50 Motala-Mjölby. It will be routed along what is currently part of national road 32. This will be a detour, but the new road will be fully grade separated and part 2+1, part 2+2 to attract traffic.



it's a detour, so renaming the national road 32 will not make so much difference, you will still see speeding trucks on the old 50 road.



the national road 50 south of Vadstena
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