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Old August 18th, 2008, 10:36 PM   #141
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That's why I thought it might be your site, you also know a lot about tunnels
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Old August 18th, 2008, 11:00 PM   #142
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Are you the guy from the lotschberg tunnel site?
Gunnar Lotsberg is chief engineer of the Laerdaltunnel
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Old August 18th, 2008, 11:19 PM   #143
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well, we are a plain country, we have no mountains only little hills (and valleys)

so we NEVER will have a motorway on 400m.
the only place where we have to go beyond 300m is the western section of the M0 motorway ring of Budapest...

What about the future motorway to Eger?
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Old August 24th, 2008, 01:52 PM   #144
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The highest paved road in Switzerland is the Novena/Nufenen Pass (2480 m/8136 ft), the highest road opened all year long the Simplon (2005 m/6578 ft), the highest semi-highway the A13 (San Bernardino tunnel, 1625 m/5331 ft), the highest main highway the A2 (St Gotthard tunnel, 17 km, 1150 m/3773 ft).
The Brenner Autobahn is about 200 metres higher. Full profile motorway at 1374 m (the St Gotthard tunnel is of course, due to extreme Swiss stubbornness, still only single-tube, even though the motorway is 2+2 on both sides).
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Old August 25th, 2008, 03:07 PM   #145
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so its not the highway itself highest. right? are we talking about tall highways or highways on a maximum hight?(on the mountains for example)
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Old August 25th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #146
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First of all, in common meaning, a "highway" is not necessarily a "motorway" or "freeway" in all regions. In North America, a highway can mean just any connecting road, like US or State Highways.

So we're talking about motorway-grade roads (2 lanes per direction, divided by a median, grade-separated intersections and no slow or non-motorized traffic), which are on the highest altitude.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #147
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The highest paved road in Switzerland is the Novena/Nufenen Pass (2480 m/8136 ft)
Actually it's the Umbrail Pass at 2,501 m altitude:



It's true though that the road leading to the rest of Switzerland isn't paved between 2,000 and 1,800 m.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 02:15 PM   #148
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The Nufenen is the highest pass with paved road.

There are other higher passes with only footpaths: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passo_del_Monte_Moro

Or without: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colle_d..._(Alpi_Pennine)
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Old August 28th, 2008, 02:27 PM   #149
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Ah the Lysjoch. I once read a 1950's book about that
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Old May 26th, 2010, 06:03 PM   #150
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The highest point of our motorway network is on motorway D1 in Tatras near village called "Štrba". Approximately 903 m. about the sea level.

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Old May 26th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #151
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Probably one of the highest interchange (La Paz - Bolivia). Motorway No3 continue toward city center
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Old May 27th, 2010, 04:45 AM   #152
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Simón Bolívar Freeway in Quito, Ecuador has its highest point at about 3,170 meters amsl (elevations along its length vary from 2,650 to 3,170 meters amsl)








Transversal Norte Freeway (State Route E20) south of Quito, Ecuador has highest point at 3,165 meters amsl at the pass over the Western Andes range.



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Old May 27th, 2010, 06:51 AM   #153
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Highest motorway in Canada:

Coquihalla (pronounced Coke-a-hall-a) Summit
Elevation 1,244 m (4,081 ft) in the Cascade Range.

For comparison though:

Kootenay Pass
Elevation 1,775 m (5,823 ft) This is the highest paved road in Canada.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #154
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Highest motorway in Canada:

Coquihalla (pronounced Coke-a-hall-a) Summit
Elevation 1,244 m (4,081 ft) in the Cascade Range.

For comparison though:

Kootenay Pass
Elevation 1,775 m (5,823 ft) This is the highest paved road in Canada.
While the highest motorway (if you can call it that) is the Coquihalla, Kootenay Pass is not the highest paved road. It is part of the Crowsnest Highway in BC.
Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) between Jasper and Banff, and at one point is 2,088 m at Bow Summit. The speed limit in most sections is about 100 km/h, which makes it a highway.
However, that is not the highest road/highway either, but it is the highest one open all year round.

The highest road is in Alberta at 2,206 m, and the part is called Highwood Pass on Highway 40. However, it is not open year round due to both snow clearing issues and significant wildlife on it. So it is only open from June 15 - November 30...but you can bike on it all year round.

The Coquihalla is a very dangerous "motorway", as it is not cambered/angled properly in turns and has lots of standing water which causes you to hydroplane every couple of seconds during heavy rainfall. It also has tons of potholes and isn't in that good of a condition.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 02:46 PM   #155
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With up to 930 meters above seelevel the Struma motorway is a pretty high motorway section in europe.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 03:00 PM   #156
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With up to 930 meters above seelevel the Struma motorway is a pretty high motorway section in europe.
i wonder how one could even see it when it is above seelevel is it ultraviolet?
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Old May 29th, 2010, 03:38 PM   #157
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i wonder how one could even see it when it is above seelevel is it ultraviolet?
More probably in the infrared spectrum. You can't see it, you can only feel a gentle and relaxing heat.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #158
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While the highest motorway (if you can call it that) is the Coquihalla, Kootenay Pass is not the highest paved road. It is part of the Crowsnest Highway in BC.
Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) between Jasper and Banff, and at one point is 2,088 m at Bow Summit. The speed limit in most sections is about 100 km/h, which makes it a highway.
However, that is not the highest road/highway either, but it is the highest one open all year round.

The highest road is in Alberta at 2,206 m, and the part is called Highwood Pass on Highway 40. However, it is not open year round due to both snow clearing issues and significant wildlife on it. So it is only open from June 15 - November 30...but you can bike on it all year round.

The Coquihalla is a very dangerous "motorway", as it is not cambered/angled properly in turns and has lots of standing water which causes you to hydroplane every couple of seconds during heavy rainfall. It also has tons of potholes and isn't in that good of a condition.
The "Coke" was one big f**k up right from the get-go. Snowshed Hill being the biggest example. The grade is more around 12% NOT 8%. The curve at the north end of the avalanche gallery is cambered the wrong way, resulting in a large number of truck rollovers coming down said hill, and fires from vehicles overheating coming up. As a result, truckers end up going through the Fraser Canyon, or using BC HWY 5A.

Yes, Kootenay Pass is on HWY 3, the Crow's Nest Highway, but having looked at what you've said about Bow Summit, You could be right. I never bothered with Highwood, as it's seasonal, nor is it on a paved road.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #159
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Pass OR Summit? Are They The Same Thing?

Copied from the Highest Motorways thread:

Part of zivan56's post:
"While the highest motorway (if you can call it that) is the Coquihalla, Kootenay Pass is not the highest paved road. It is part of the Crowsnest Highway in BC.
Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) between Jasper and Banff, and at one point is 2,088 m at Bow Summit. The speed limit in most sections is about 100 km/h, which makes it a highway.
However, that is not the highest road/highway either, but it is the highest one open all year round.

The highest road is in Alberta at 2,206 m, and the part is called Highwood Pass on Highway 40. However, it is not open year round due to both snow clearing issues and significant wildlife on it. So it is only open from June 15 - November 30...but you can bike on it all year round."

I had mentioned that the highest "recognized" paved road in Canada, is Kootenay Pass on the Crow's Nest Highway. The pass itself is between the communities of Salmo and Creston. The road reaches 1,775 m (5,823 ft) above sea level. However, Zivan56 mentioned Bow Summit, on the famous Icefields Parkway (Alberta HWY 93). It reaches a height of 2,088 m (6,850 ft)

My question is this: What defines a pass, and what defines a summit? As an example: The Yellowhead Highway's (HWY 16) highest point is not a mountain pass, but rather a hill called Obed Summit. At this point, it's 1163.9 m above sea level. Yellowhead pass, however, is somewhat lower, at 1110 m.

Who's right? I think we're both right. Kooteny Pass is has the highest year round road through a mountain pass, while the Bow Summit is the highest paved road overall, though it's not through a mountain pass.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 07:47 AM   #160
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A pass is a path through a mountain range at a lower elevation than the surrounding peaks. A saddle, for example, is a type of pass.

A summit is the highest point overall along the pass. It refers to the highest point overall on any geographical mass, however; thus mountains, hills, ridges, necks, moraines, and yes, passes and cols, all have summits.
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