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Old December 27th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #201
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Could someone post some map of Reykjaviks and surroundings expressway network, thus as Google makes difference only between official motorways and main roads which can be anything from 1+1 with not even traffic lights to 5+5-laned freeways?
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Old December 27th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #202
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Could someone post some map of Reykjaviks and surroundings expressway network, thus as Google makes difference only between official motorways and main roads which can be anything from 1+1 with not even traffic lights to 5+5-laned freeways?
Here's an attempt using the criteria of grade separation. Not sure about the road to Keflavik since Google Maps isn't really updated for some sections there.
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Old December 28th, 2013, 02:10 AM   #203
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Fortunately there are other websites, Google Maps isn't the only one with aerial photographs and maps.

Use KortaSjá Loftmynda. Untick boxes on the right, then zoom as much as you want till you get up-to-date aerial photographs.
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 10:32 PM   #204
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The ring road, Iceland by schmitzcory, on Flickr
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Old March 20th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #205
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I'm not a local nor an expert (therefore response from Icelanders most welcome!), but I gather the rationale behind this was the construction of a new residential area that was cancelled after the 2008 crash.

Some say that there is a political motive behind the continuing construction of what is now a project surplus to requirements because the land involved is owned by leading families associated with Iceland's governing parties, and will make a fast buck through its sale. The local authorities are using the employment card to justify the construction going ahead.

This is the first time I've actually seen a map of the plan, and it really does look pretty insupportable to me. The road would lead to the headland where the President's house is located plus a small community with fewer than 3,000 souls. A more useful development in my opinion would be the improvement of the crossroads at the southwest end of the proposed road, which is still traffic light-controlled and pretty clunky to use.
The layout of this road was decided in 1995 and the move was meant to make way for residential development. That development has partially already begun which makes it difficult to upgrade the current road because new houses have been planted right beside it with home-owners logically demanding that original plan being followed.

The Lava Friends have exhausted all official avenues to stop this and the contractor has already bulldozed a path through the lava so this is a lost cause by now. Attitudes towards the protection of natural scenery have changed a lot in recent years and I don't think this route would have been chosen if this was being decided today, but done is done.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 01:24 PM   #206
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This winter has been unusually snowy in the north side of the country. The mountain pass of Öxnadalsheiði (try pronouncing that) west of Akureyri was closed for a few days, essentially cutting off Akureyri and the whole northeastern corner of the country from the world. This picture shows when the road was opened and the built up traffic demand squeezed throught the snow tunnel.


The road closing has also revived old ideas about tunneling through the mountain range to bypass Öxnadalsheiði but that would involve either a single very long tunnel up to 20 km (similar to Lærdal tunnel in Norway) or two shorter tunnels via a valley in the middle. Without Norway's oil money, I don't expect anything like that to happen in the next 20-30 years.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #207
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Without Norway's oil money, I don't expect anything like that to happen in the next 20-30 years.
I don't think tolling is an option either. Traffic is likely far too low to recover the cost and repay the debt. But they could try Norway's approach by having tolls as a component of funding, instead of a project fully funded through tolls.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #208
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How many kilometars of motorways does Iceland has ?
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Old April 6th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #209
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17.521 km
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Old April 7th, 2014, 12:14 AM   #210
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None.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #211
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There are some, short, expressways near Reykyavik, though.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 09:38 AM   #212
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None.
At least 3 in the Reykjavik area.



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Old April 7th, 2014, 10:06 AM   #213
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Those are not motorways.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 10:18 AM   #214
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No need for a semantic argument. Physically, they are just like motorways. Legally, they are not motorways because they are not controlled-access. Any vehicle, no matter how slow (except tractors), can use them -- much like in Estonia.

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Old April 7th, 2014, 12:43 PM   #215
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Any vehicle, no matter how slow, can use them -- just like in Estonia.


This way does not allow tractors, which are slow vehicles !
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Old April 8th, 2014, 02:19 AM   #216
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Is there an expressway to the airport now? Reykjavik has a few 3+3/4+4 expressways.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 06:01 AM   #217
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It ends just before Keflavik: on map

And begins not far from aluminium smelter Straumsvík in Hafnarfjörður: on map

Basically you have 24 km of dual carriageway, the best of it's kind on Iceland.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 06:09 AM   #218
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This way does not allow tractors, which are slow vehicles !
Plate below this sign says: Á virkum dögum 7:30-9:30 og 15:30-18:30.

Which translates: On working days 7:30-9:30 and 15:30-18:30.

Slow vehicles can enter this road obviously except times on a plate. Zoom on this road sign
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Old April 8th, 2014, 06:20 AM   #219
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Maybe they will find oil in deep waters around Iceland sometime, then it can build tunnels like crazy
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Old April 8th, 2014, 06:53 AM   #220
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For sake of selling it - why not? But better not for using it. They don't need more pollution, especially Reykjavik. With cheap electricity they will be the first country to convert to electric vehicles only. At least that's the plan...
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