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Old October 20th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #1461
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They are currently regular roads being widened to motorway, check the link in my signature.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #1462
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[QUOTE=Shifty2k5;96496349]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.



Great news!
Have now been commuting between Stockholm and Örebro for a while..
couldn't help getting annoyed about the bottlenecks on the way, that particular strech is one of them..especially driving in the dark
there`s still another one to the West from Västerås
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Old October 31st, 2012, 10:44 AM   #1463
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E22 Sölve-Stensnäs new aerial photos (from south to north):

1. The new road deviates from the current road at Sölve:


2. Passing next to a dam at the former farm Ekengård:


3. Secondary county road K525 (Lussabacksvägen) is crossed at Ysane:


4. View of the Vesan plain west of Norje:


5. Crossing of canals west of Norje:


6. Crossing of canals west of Norje:


7. Crossing of canals west of Norje:


8. Secondary county road K529 (Möllebjörkevägen) north of Norje will get a new alignment:


9. Crossing secondary county road K522 (Vikakvarnsvägen) west of Pukavik:


10. Crossing secondary county road K547 (Gustavstorpsvägen) north of Pukavik:


11. Crossing secondary county road K549 (Gallerydavägen) west of Mörrum:


12. Re-joining the current E22 just west of interchange Mörrum West (exit number 49):
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Old November 1st, 2012, 08:36 PM   #1464
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Around 10AM is truck-time on the E4. Truckers in Stockholm started their working day, driving south, also the Baltic ferries have arrived in the port of Stockholm at 8-9AM, so forregin truckers pass by Linköping about 2 hours later.

Actually around 10AM today traffic was rather dense on the stretch Linköping-Mjölby (by swedish messures)
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Old November 15th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #1465
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E4 Sundsvall

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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #1466
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Today the following new motorway sections opened:

E22 Hurva-Rolsberga, 5.5 km


E22 Hörby North-Linderöd, 10 km
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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #1467
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From the pictures, it looks like the term "motorway" is heavily inflated in Sweden recently...

The standard RQ (Regelquerschnitt - cross section) of a 2x2 motorway in Germany is 31.0 meters and 28.0 meters if they are narrow. However Sweden has motorways as narrow as 18.5 meters. In all fairness, those can hardly be called motorways due to their inferior design standards. Even expressways in many other countries are wider than that.

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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:32 PM   #1468
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Well, AADT is 17.000 for Hurva-Rolsberga and 9.000 for Hörby N-Linderöd, so the width is acceptable for this kind of rural roads. I drove both of them this evening .
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:08 PM   #1469
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From the pictures, it looks like the term "motorway" is heavily inflated in Sweden recently...

The standard RQ (Regelquerschnitt - cross section) of a 2x2 motorway in Germany is 31.0 meters and 28.0 meters if they are narrow. However Sweden has motorways as narrow as 18.5 meters. In all fairness, those can hardly be called motorways due to their inferior design standards. Even expressways in many other countries are wider than that.
And in France?
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:13 PM   #1470
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Of course I agree with you on the sad fact that motorway widths have been cramped down during the last 20 years.

However, if the choice is no motorway or a narrow motorway, what would you do?
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Old November 17th, 2012, 09:07 AM   #1471
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Of course I agree with you on the sad fact that motorway widths have been cramped down during the last 20 years.

However, if the choice is no motorway or a narrow motorway, what would you do?
The Swedish approach is a very good example of following the fit for purpose principle: Building good roads while avoiding unnecessary cost.

There is no sense to apply German standards of heavily loaded roads with unlimited speed to roads in sparsely populated Scandinavian areas having the design speed 130 or less.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #1472
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I think the design speed of this motorway (judging from the photos) is only 100 km/h (speed limit = 110). There is almost no space on the left to correct maneouvres, while normal motorways have about 0.5 - 0.75 meters of such space. The median divider has no space at all to turn over without obstructing traffic in the other direction. Normally guardrails may use 0.7 - 1 meter at either side to bend out in case of a collission.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #1473
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I think the design speed of this motorway (judging from the photos) is only 100 km/h (speed limit = 110). There is almost no space on the left to correct maneouvres, while normal motorways have about 0.5 - 0.75 meters of such space. The median divider has no space at all to turn over without obstructing traffic in the other direction. Normally guardrails may use 0.7 - 1 meter at either side to bend out in case of a collission.
There are a few similar motorways in Finland. I have not heard about any non-minor issues related to narrow shoulders and simple mid-barriers. Those roads are, of course, not optimal in the scale of safety only. But they are rather optimal in the space of safety, cost and usability.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #1474
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I agree that this is probably the best cost-benefit solution. I however have doubts to call this a motorway as it is significantly below the usual minimum design standards.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 06:56 PM   #1475
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I agree that this is probably the best cost-benefit solution. I however have doubts to call this a motorway as it is significantly below the usual minimum design standards.
What would change if it were called something else than a motorway? I guess nothing would.

I do not think there is any internationally accepted minimum criteria regarding to motorway lane widths etc. The Central European and American standards just do not apply to roads in sparsely populated endless forests.

The definition of a motorway in the Vienna Convention text is very loose:

"Motorway" means a road specially designed and built for motor
traffic, which does not serve properties bordering on it, and which:
(i) Is provided, except at special points or temporarily, with
separate carriageways for the two directions of traffic,
separated from each other either by a dividing strip not
intended for traffic or, exceptionally, by other means;
(ii) Does not cross at level with any road, railway or tramway track,
or footpath; and
(iii) Is specially signposted as a motorway;


The Swedish motorway discussed fits well into this definition.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #1476
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Here's a very interesting video that I found while browsing Youtube.

It clearly shows the downside of the 2+1 type of roads that are so prominent in Sweden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jVv-vHZ5uM
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Old November 24th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #1477
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Here's a very interesting video that I found while browsing Youtube.

It clearly shows the downside of the 2+1 type of roads that are so prominent in Sweden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jVv-vHZ5uM
I think motorways should only be built if the flow of traffic requires it.

As a taxpayer I don't want to subsidize empty motorways.

I have driven the road 55 Norrköping-Katrineholm a 2+1 road, there are plenty of 2-lane road for overtake.

Also nowadays many foreign trucks drive on our motorways, maybe it's time for them to pay toll for wearing out the roadways?
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Old November 24th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #1478
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Foreign trucks already pay tolls in Sweden.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #1479
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Foreign trucks already pay tolls in Sweden.
Really ? Is that fee payed at the customs in the harbour ?

Can a truck get in to the country without paying toll, there are lot's of unstaffed borderpoints at the borders with Norway & Finland.

Is this fee payed by all type of heavy trucks, even those without a trailer.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #1480
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Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes have to pay the electronic Eurovignet, which is valid in Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It's been replaced by electronic toll in Germany. It usually only applies to motorways. It substitutes local heavy vehicle taxes (which foreign trucks don't pay).

The toll is € 8 per day or € 1250 - € 1550 per year, depending on the emission class (Euro standards).
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