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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #1441
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Well, that´s great news!
It´s funny and strange how pretty much all cities along E4 north of Hudiksvall have had the E4 running more or less right through down town up until now.
But I guess it´s probably much because the real through-traffic up there is and have especially been low! And instead almost all the towns up there built motorway parts on the E4 leading IN to down town quite early like in the 1960´s, like Sundsvall, Umeå and so on. Because the commuters from the surrounding countryside and suburbs/satellite towns where going in to the cities for work, shopping and so on.

But still! :/

But now it´s finally all changing fast, with the E4-project in both Sundsvall and Umeå, and now also Skellefteå!

I hope and assume it will be of real motorway standard in Skellefteå? Or at least 4-lane highway?
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #1442
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It appears that space has been reserved for such a corridor. What kind of road will it be? Four-lane highway? Motorway? 2+1? Grade separated?
2+1 south of Skellefteå River and 2+2 16m north of the river. At least one roundabout also. This is only preliminary though, so it may change for better or worse.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #1443
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It is 2+1 grade separated today so I guess 2+2 motorway.

BTW Ölandsbron (Öland Bridge), the bridge between Kalmar and the Island of Öland in the Baltic Sea is 40 years old September 30th.

The lenght is 6072 meters (19921 ft), width 13 m and longest span 130 m. It was inaugurated on 30 September 1972.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #1444
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The E4/E20 widening south of Stockholm is completed as of the 6th of september. 11 km of 2x2 motorway has been widened to 3x3 (no hard shoulders). The new stretch can be seen in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS_nNSUYoRI&t=27m3s
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Old October 1st, 2012, 04:45 PM   #1445
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Not a fan of widening without shoulders. Why did they choose to do that? If they must widen it why not make sure it has all safety provisions?
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Old October 1st, 2012, 04:51 PM   #1446
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Although there are far less mechanical breakdowns than 20 years ago, giving up shoulders is a major concession to the accessibility of emergency services.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 10:00 PM   #1447
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The stretch seemed rural and with much space to spare. I don't get the decission.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 01:08 AM   #1448
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 01:09 AM   #1449
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They widening the stretch by using existing space to build a 3+3 motorway as fast as possible and cost efficient. Along the stretch there are short emergency shoulders and the whole stretch is equipped with VMS so they can close a lane in case of an accident but in the end it's a question about the best solution vs cost.

Meanwhile there is a prestudy going on looking at a long term solution of the traffic situation between Södertälje and Hallunda and it includes an alternative to build a whole new stretch.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 07:56 PM   #1450
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E22 Hurva-Rolsberga and Hörby-Linderöd nearing completion:



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Old October 5th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #1451
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In Umeå the new E4, also called Östra Länken and Norra Länken will open tommorow.

Norra Länken will host E12 until the last part, Västra Länken is completed around 2017. Notable is that 2km of Norra Länken will not get barrier for now, since the builders aren't sure if the waterlogged soil underneath will cause problems once traffic comes on the road. 7500 wooden poles have been placed underneath to prevent the road from sinking. If the road holds up wired fence will be put up during summer 2013. If not it simply needs to be fixed.



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Old October 9th, 2012, 05:04 PM   #1452
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A motorcycle journey by the Lake Vättern on E4:

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Old October 18th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1453
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Some updates covering the swedish motorway network:

Västerås Municipality will lend 200 million SEK to trafikverket in order to speed up the construction of the E18 missing link west of Sagån. Construction was planned to start in 2016, but will now start early 2013 instead.



The segment is 11 km long with an AADT of 16400.

E16 was inaugurated on september 29th. The entire strech is now signed as E16.

E6 between löddeköpinge and Alnarp will be widened to 3x3.

Also, when I drove past Ljungby on the E4 the other day, I noticed that the forest on the western side of the 2+1 road has been cleared and there were lots of excavators and other types of machinery working on that side of the road. I'm assuming that they have already started working on the widening.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 04:26 PM   #1454
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E22 Hurva-Rolsberga and Hörby N-Linderöd will be signed 110 km/h on November 16th according to Trafikverket.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 04:30 AM   #1455
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Old October 20th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #1456
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E6 between löddeköpinge and Alnarp will be widened to 3x3
Not a day too soon. This has been talked about for decades.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 10:37 AM   #1457
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Västerås Municipality will lend 200 million SEK to trafikverket in order to speed up the construction of the E18 missing link west of Sagån. Construction was planned to start in 2016, but will now start early 2013 instead.



The segment is 11 km long with an AADT of 16400.
This is interesting for me. I understand that local government borrowed money to national road fund in order to speed up a project, is that correct?
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Old October 20th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #1458
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Yes, you can see it as "pre-financing" a project. It happens in the Netherlands as well.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 12:29 PM   #1459
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Aphelion, those stretches of E22 that you mentioned, are they lowering it from 120 or increasing from 100? Am I correct that those are "motortrafikled", grade separated?
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Old October 20th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #1460
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Aphelion, those stretches of E22 that you mentioned, are they lowering it from 120 or increasing from 100? Am I correct that those are "motortrafikled", grade separated?
Correct, they are motortrafikled and thus they must be increasing to 110 from 100.
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