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Old July 24th, 2013, 11:00 PM   #1721
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^ Thanks. Should be one speed limit only though. I like the round one.
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My favorite sign in Sweden.... Every country should have this.



Accident = Olycka
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Old July 25th, 2013, 01:48 AM   #1723
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Given the tens of official national languages and probably hundreds of minority languages in Europe, it is really a relief that different nations try to use words as little as possible, and internationally recognised symbols instead.

Unlike in the US with a single national language from coast to coast.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #1724
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Accident = Olycka
No, I don't think European signs (of immidiate importance) should be text only. Then I even prefer our flipped car (meaning the same):

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Old July 26th, 2013, 04:18 PM   #1725
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Skyfall caused flooding on E4 in Jönköping. Massive traffic disruption. The water is 1 meter deep according to Jönköpings-Posten. They call it a "once in 150 years event".

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Old July 26th, 2013, 04:41 PM   #1726
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The E4 at Piteå, Sweden's northernmost motorway. Pictures taken last week.

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E4 Piteå 001 by licenseplateman, on Flickr
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Old July 26th, 2013, 04:47 PM   #1727
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Weird how the guardrail is installed very low above the roadway. They should be around 0.75 m above the pavement. Rollovers are still possible up to 1.30 m.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 04:34 PM   #1728
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Yeah, they seem to be installed down in a ditch. Which to me seems like a very bad idea.
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Old August 12th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #1729
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I was really shocked when I read that the worlds first depressed urban expressway was actually opened in Sweden in 1944! The construction of the so called Södergadan begun already in 1937, and it was replaced by a tunnel in the 1980's.

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B6dergatan,_Stockholm

http://www.historiskastockholm.se/sp...den-sodergatan
Anyways, could anyone tell me the story of Södergatan??
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Old August 12th, 2013, 06:13 PM   #1730
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Anyways, could anyone tell me the story of Södergatan??
This is the main road of Stockholm in the southbound direction.

In the 1960's it was an ugly eyesore in south central stockholm, a road dividing this drab working class area in two parts. Of course the neighbourhood changed over the years as prices of real estate rose.

In the early 1980's this street disappeared and all of the road was lowered or built over, most of it was going through a tunnel.

Not all of this road was built over though until 1989 or the early 1990's as I remember. The last part becomming a tunnel was the northern part close to "Hornsgatan".

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 11:38 PM   #1731
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17km of the new E4 in Sundsvall is expected to be completed earlier than expected which implies it will open in November next year. Here it is in it's current state.



The stretch in the picture has a height difference between the roadways, with a nice view of Bottenhavet. Some video footage in this article from the local paper.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #1732
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One more scenic road.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #1733
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Weird how the guardrail is installed very low above the roadway. They should be around 0.75 m above the pavement. Rollovers are still possible up to 1.30 m.
I asked Trafikverket about this, and got two different answers:

Ricardo Cejas:
"Hello! This stretch is located at Do Lulea, Project Leader Lotta Isaksson.
Central Guardrails was a feasible solution when the current stretch of road was built in the 90s. Requirements then were driveability of the median strip, side slope (1:6), height of the guardrail above ground, and no other objects in the central reservation. (...) Under current regulations, a motorway should be designed with separate guardrails at the edge of each carriegway.
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Hans Holmén:
"Hi Nils
Thank you for your comments and photos. I now have "driven" the bypass Piteå on Google maps and I understand your question (...). The median strip of this section is comparatively narrow to be one of a motorway and that's probably the reason why the guardrail is centered in the middle of the strip. The bypass was built with the design rules applicable when built in the early 1990s (completed October 1994). The route was reclassified as motorway in 2003, which may be the answer to the unusual design. The reason for choosing double sided central railing with cross beam is probably due to the road alignment passing under several bridges with the bridge supports going down in the middle of the central reservation. Since the bridge support is within the safety zone they must be surrounded by a protective device and this type of railing has probably been chosen because it has a different dynamic deflection than the average median barrier has. The Transport Agency´s instructions provided to contractors indicate that the lowest tolerance level for rails is 45 cm measured from the carriageway surface to the center of the top rail, which in practice means that the minimum acceptable height is 50 cm at the railing post. Maximum height is 65 cm (70 at the railing post). The instructions look like this:
"The center of the rail must be at least 45 cm and maximum 65 cm above the road surface. For guardrails placed more than 0.75 meters from the roadside, the requirements for height apply from the slope surface. "
You are quite right that a too low railing increases the risk of rollover and this applies not only to heavy vehicles but also vehicles with a higher center of gravity than standard passenger cars, such as SUVs and Crossovers. It is part of the contractor's work to ensure that the rails have the height over roadway or embankment that is taught. I do not have specific detailed knowledge of that particular stretch of road, but these are the rules. (...)
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Old August 27th, 2013, 10:40 AM   #1734
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Great that you sent the questions, and nice to see the replies.


A string of videos about Norra Länken in Stokcholm, posted by Trafikverket today. So far only in Swedish.

Blue = opening winter 2014/2015
Red = opening later.
Dotted lines: how to get from various points to various others during the time that most of the tunnels, but not all, are open.















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60 years of motorway

Today it is exactly 60 years ago the first motorway of Sweden opened to traffic.

On 8 September 1953, the motorway (then called an autostrada) opened to traffic between Lund and Malmö (present day E22).

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Old September 8th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #1736
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Sydsvenskan's image archive "Bilder i Syd" has some pictures from the opening, here's one:


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Today it is exactly 60 years ago the first motorway of Sweden opened to traffic.

On 8 September 1953, the motorway (then called an autostrada) opened to traffic between Lund and Malmö (present day E22).


There were no speedlimits at this time, but few cars could drive faster than 100km/h. The Volvo 444's on the photos had only 40hp.

Interesting that speedometers in cars were not compulsory untill 1955.
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Two new films from Trafikverket about the construction of the new E4 past Sundsvall (posted on youtube by Trafikverket today).

Lifting a bridge section into place. Part of the 2.1 km bridge across Sundsvallsfjärden that is the actual by-pass.



Helicopter flight on 2013-09-03 along the whole stretch.
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The new bridge of road 50 in Motala will open on Oct 9th.

There is a discussion about toll fees. Cars and motorbikes will not be required to pay.
But heavy trucks will probably be subjects to charge of 100SEK one way. (11,58 EUR)

Some haulage contractors think its too much and they say they will not use the bridge. Now the authorities of Motala (my old hometown) will rebuild the thoroughfare of central Motala to make it narrower so traffic will have to use the bridge instead.
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