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Old November 2nd, 2007, 04:31 AM   #21
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 12:06 AM   #22
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 08:51 PM   #23
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Very nice!
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Old November 11th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #24
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E18 construction works in October:



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Old November 17th, 2007, 02:58 PM   #25
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Most important current motorway plans in Finland:

National road 1/E 18 Muurla-Lohja (under construction, 51,5 Km)
National road 3/E 12 Tampere western ring road (under construction, 21 Km)
National road 6 Lappeenranta-Imatra (construction starting, 48 Km)
National road 4 Kemi bypass (construction starting, 17,9 Km)
National road 7 Koskenkylä-Kotka (construction planned to begin in 2008 or 2009, 56 Km)
National road 7 Hamina bypass (construction planned to begin in 2008 or in 2009, 15 Km)
National road 7 Hamina-Russian border (construction planned to begin in 2012 or 2013, 30 Km)
Road 51 Kivenlahti (Espoo)-Kirkkonummi (construction will start in 2010, 10 Km)
National road 6 Taavetti-Lappeenranta (planned, 30 Km)

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Old November 30th, 2007, 03:04 PM   #26
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Some E18 construction work pictures from November:


These kind of trees are needed because of the Flying Squirrels in the area, so that they can cross the street safely


Some paved streets in Muurla. Lakiamäki tunnel in the background


These should shine more


Karnainen tunnel and the bridges of Sepänniemensalmi


Eastern entrance of the Lehmihaka tunnel

Some more pictures can be found here: http://e18.pp-viestinta.fi/tyokuvat_1107.html
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Old December 11th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #27
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Some pics from Kulosaari bridge (Road 170 near Helsinki city center):

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Old December 26th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #28
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Hehe, I know, but I'm more interested in continuous motorway from Helsinki up north. ATM it ends by Heinola, if you follow the E75 (the main road Helsinki - Oulu) or in Tampere, if you follow the E12 and E63 at the end (this one ends up more northerly than E75 though).

Sadly E75 from Heinola to Jyväskylä es being upgraded only to 2+1-road. From Jyväskylä to Äänekoski (about 40 Km north from Jyväskylä) E75 will be upgraded to motorway in the future. The by-pass of Oulu on E75 will be upgraded to 2x3 lanes in the future. Form Kemi to Tornio the road is being built as a motorway. In the future Rovaniemi by-pass well be built as a motorway-standard 2x2 road.

E12 is motorway from Helsinki to Tampere. Projects on E12:

-E12 from Kehä I to Kehä III will be expanded to 2x3 with bus lanes (3. car lanes are needed, tell that to politicians)
-E12 from Kehä III to Nurmijärvi (~ 10 Km) will be soon upgraded to 2x3 and some sections 2x4
-E12 through Hämeenlinna city center could be upgraded to 2x3 in the future
-E12 from Lempäälä to Tampere will have about 70000 cars/24 h by 2025, so it could be expanded to 2x3 on that section in the future
-E12 Tampere western by-pass Tampere-Pirkkala-Nokia-Ylöjärvi (21 Km) is being upgraded to motorway
-E12 from Ylöjärvi to Hämeenkyrö (30-40 Km) will be upgraded to motorway in the future
-E12 Laihia-Helsingby (Vaasa), ~20 Km, will be upgraded to motorway in the future

E18 projects:

-E18 Turku ringroad is from National road 10 to National road 1 junctions a low-quality 2-lane road. In the future it will be upgraded to motorway standars from National road 10 to National road 1 and from National road 1 to road 110 (this part is not E18)
-E18 from Muurla to Lohja (51,5 Km) is very low cuality 2-lane road. It is being upgraded to motorway, and the road is expected to be finished in november 2008. It will be a unique road in Finland, because it will have 7 tunnels. The longest of them will be 2,2 Km long.
-E18/National road 1 from National road 2 junction to Ring road I (~30 Km) will be upgraded to 2x3 lanes
-E18 Ring road III will be upgraded to 2x3 lanes city motorway first from Vantaankoski to airport and later from Vanhakartano to Vantaankoski (~15 Km). The project would had started in 2005, but ministers from other parts of Finland don´t like to give money to Helsinki projects
-E18 Ring road III will be upgraded from NR 4/E75 to NR 7/E18 to 2x3. The 2 remaining trafficlight-grade intersections will be upgraded to grade-separated junctions
-E18 Koskenkylä-Kotka (56 Km) will be upgraded to motorway before 2015
-E18 Hamina by-pass (15 Km) will be constructed as a motorway before 2015
-E18 Hamina-Vaalimaa/Russian border (40 Km) will be upgraded to motorway before 2015

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Old December 26th, 2007, 07:42 PM   #29
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Wow, Im jealous - we never get any new 2x4 or even 2x3 highways in Sweden! How long is the finnish mway network and is there any maps available of the current and future network?
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Old December 26th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #30
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http://e18.pp-viestinta.fi/kuvat/marras_07_07.jpg
These kind of trees are needed because of the Flying Squirrels in the area, so that they can cross the street safely
awesome! interesting thread
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Old December 26th, 2007, 09:46 PM   #31
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Wow, Im jealous - we never get any new 2x4 or even 2x3 highways in Sweden! How long is the finnish mway network and is there any maps available of the current and future network?
Actually, Finland has very few 2x3 sections comparing to the need of them. That´s because of the politicians, that don´t want to give any money to the cities. So nearly all the money goes to the countryside. An example:

Karjaa 2-lane by-pass will serv 3000 cars a day. It costs 10 millions. Under construction.

Motorway Espoo-Kirkkonummi. It has been planned for years. The traffic on this 2-lane section with grade intersections is nearly 30 000 cars/day. Upgrading was planned to start next year, but Agrarian Party´s traffic minister decided that construction will begin in 2010.

Photo of normal traffic on this road:


Another example: Ring road III upgrade to 2x3 city motorway with grade.separated junctions was planned to start in 2005. It´s daily traffic is 92 000 cars. It´s a 2x2 bad cuality road with traffic lights. Vantaa city has asked very many times for money to this project, but the answer of the government has always been negative.

The lenght of finnish motorway network is only 700 Km. By 2020 it will be about 1000 Km.

Another project of E75 is upgrading to 2x4 from Helsinki to Porvoo motorway and to 2x3 from Porvoo motorway to Koivukylänväylä (2 km north of Ring III)

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Old January 29th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #32
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Old January 30th, 2008, 01:03 AM   #33
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Interesting - I didn't know Finland uses yellow markings on regular 2-lane roads.

As far as I know, this is discouraged in the EU for some reason (but I like them more ). How come Finland kept them?
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Old January 30th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #34
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I really like this landscape Roads between lakes
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Old January 31st, 2008, 10:47 PM   #35
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Interesting - I didn't know Finland uses yellow markings on regular 2-lane roads.

As far as I know, this is discouraged in the EU for some reason (but I like them more ). How come Finland kept them?
Indeed, didn't the EU ask us to have white markings only? Anyway, it's a very decent road (at least the part on the pix) and lovely landscape.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 11:28 PM   #36
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I've driven around in Finland quite a lot and haven't seen even one highway in poor condition.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 10:36 PM   #37
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Vuosaari road tunnel on ring road III, end of january (pics by Matti Grönroos)




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Old February 6th, 2008, 01:43 AM   #38
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Interesting - I didn't know Finland uses yellow markings on regular 2-lane roads.

As far as I know, this is discouraged in the EU for some reason (but I like them more ). How come Finland kept them?
Hehe, it's neat...on many road pictures the yellow is about the only thing that helps you distinguish it from Swedish roads. The scenery is often virtually the same, as are the actual road signs (yellow background instead of white in both Sweden and Finland unlike in virtually all of Europe). The only main difference between the two countries are the overhead signs with exits, etc., which have different styles.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 11:29 AM   #39
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This year Finland opens ~ 65 Km of motorways:

- E18 Muurla-Lohja (51,5 Km)
- E12 Tampere western by-pass, part 2 (~ 15 Km)

An interesting thing is how on National road 6 there are so many motorway projects, that it seems that the whole road will be motorway from Pernaja (near Porvoo) to east of Imatra.

Road 6 projects:

- Road 6 through Kouvola: 15 Km, consists of upgrading the existent road through the city of Kouvola to motorway standards
- Road 6 from eastern Kouvola to Kaipiainen: 21 Km
- Road 6 from Taavetti to Lappeenranta: 30 Km
- Road 6 from Lappeenranta to Imatra: 48 Km, under construction
- Road 6 from Imatra to Ruokolahti: 10 Km, built in 1997

After this projects will be built, there will be some little pieces of the road that will be stil 2x1, and it seems to be probable that they will also be upgraded to motorway standards:

Koskenkylä-Kouvola (50 Km)
Kaipiainen-Taavetti (20 Km)

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Old February 6th, 2008, 07:52 PM   #40
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How much km-age is Finland currently working on (or starting this year) other than the two opening this year?
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