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Old November 25th, 2016, 08:16 PM   #1581
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AP-4 opened to traffic on 1 March 1973.

The old A-4 (now N-IV) between Sevilla and Dos Hermanas opened on 1 July 1968. It was the first high-standard road of Andalusia. Current A-4 was built on a new alignment in 1998, after which the old road was downgraded. I'm not sure if the old route was entirely a controlled-access highway.
There was at least one at-grade intersection with traffic lights.
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Old December 4th, 2016, 09:19 PM   #1582
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"Petrol station - 500m" sign at a German autobahn, filmed in Summer 1937. Unfortunately, no location given.



... and an exit sign, with distance to Düsseldorf of 17 km:



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Old December 23rd, 2016, 01:19 AM   #1583
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Trieste 1948, during Anglo-American occupation

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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 01:15 AM   #1584
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Junction of Latisana on A4 Venice-Trieste, circa 1970 (up is towards Venice).


http://www.cantirs.it/it/msm?D02010020

Aparently, section Latisana-Palmanova opened before than Mestre-Latisana, so it explains the temporary toll booth on the mainline motorway rather than on the exit.
Finding exact opening dates of different sections is very hard. Wikipedia says that Mestre-Sistiana opened on 22.02.1970, although I'm sure Palmanova-Monfalcone opened in 1966 (I've read 30 June, together with A23 Palmanova-Udine Sud). Judging by some old maps I've seen, Monfalcone-Sistiana was opened later (maybe 1972, 73 or 74), and probably the branch to Gorizia (now A34) is from that time too.
It's amazing how scarce is the documentation available about highway openings, compared to railways infrastructure (even from the 19th century).
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 08:21 AM   #1585
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1962 u/c M1/7:


1963 u/c M1/7:


1971 u/c M7:



1972 u/c M7:

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Old December 26th, 2016, 11:49 AM   #1586
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Tale of two bridge: Budapest, Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth bridge)

Construction of the original bridge 1900:



1901:


1902:



1903:



1904:


the original bridge directly before the war:


after the war:


Contruction of the new bridge 1962:


1963:






1964:















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Old December 26th, 2016, 03:12 PM   #1587
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Mestre bypass (now A57, until 2009 part of A4) shortly before its opening, August 1972
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old December 26th, 2016, 07:37 PM   #1588
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This same place nowadays : https://www.google.pl/maps/place/Mes...1!4d12.2463181
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Old December 28th, 2016, 12:46 AM   #1589
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Construction of the urban section of A23 in Udine, late 1980s. The frontage roads for local traffic were opened before.





















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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old December 28th, 2016, 11:26 PM   #1590
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A few old pictures from Helsinki. As reference, the same place in the Google StreetView imagery in 2009 or 2011.



The most central intersection in Helsinki Heikinkatu/Simonkatu/Kaivokatu in 1920 Railway station at the background.





Keskuskatu ("Central Street") in 1960. A traffic police conducts the traffic at the corner of the North Esplanade.



The street was converted to a pedestrian are in early 2000's.


Helsinki City Museum

Hämeentie is the main street to the northeast suburbs. It is an ancient route to the inland lake areas known since the Middle Ages. This image dates back to 1969. Earlier, it was the starting point of the roads 4, 5, 6 and 7, but those are nowadays routes in a different way.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 03:03 PM   #1591
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"Jadranka" near Klenovnica (at least, picture on the right hand side)


Making convertibles in Sweden:
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Old December 29th, 2016, 04:40 PM   #1592
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Construction of Italian A23 across Cavazzo lake, 1979


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Old December 29th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #1593
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Another set of three pairs photos from Helsinki area:


Helsinki City Museum

The eastern approach to Helsinki in 1970, then roads 6 and 7, nowadays 170. The Google Earth imagery from 2015 shows commercial and sport areas, as well as the metro depot.



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Helsinki City Museum

Ruoholahti area and the West Harbor at the edge of the inner city in 1986 and 2009. One of the most congested traffic points in Helsinki. The industrial area is mostly disappeared and the most of the harbor is being built to a new area of homes to 18000 people. Some people call it a modern city area, some other people call it a coming slum. The construction works are planned to be complete in 2027.



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A fishing competition at the embankment on the road 51 close the city limit of Helsinki in the 1950's. The bridge in the picture has been replaced at least twice since taking the photo, and now there are four parallel brigdes. Nowadays, the road 51 is a motorway, and the busiest radial road of Helsinki. The Google Earth imagery shows the east areas of the city of Espoo: The Keilaniemi commercial area, the the suburb of Tapiola, which once was called a garden city. There is an ongoing project to restore the reputation of Tapiola.

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Old December 30th, 2016, 08:34 PM   #1594
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The E18 motorway under construction in Sandvika, Norway in 1967. This 5.9 kilometers long stretch (Holmen-Blommenholm) opened in 1970, which meant Norway had about 34 kilometers of motorway in 1970.

During the 1970's there was quite a lot of motorway construction, but all of the projects included very short stretches. As a result of this, Norway had a total of about 79 kilometers of motorway in 1979. This was the last year for a motorway opening in Norway for 15 years. In the 1980's, only 2/3 lane single carriageway roads were built. These are now referred to as "the death roads".

Finally, in 1994, a new stretch opened, restarting the motorway development. Today there are 466 kilometers of motorway and and additional 455 kilometers of expressway in Norway.

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Old December 30th, 2016, 08:50 PM   #1595
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Sweden also had a dip in motorway construction in the 1980s.

1960-1969: 485 km
1970-1979: 518 km
1980-1989: 308 km
1990-1999: 448 km
2000-2010: 455 km
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Sweden also had a dip in motorway construction in the 1980s.

1960-1969: 485 km
1970-1979: 518 km
1980-1989: 308 km
1990-1999: 448 km
2000-2010: 455 km
The reason perhaps was similar to what happened in Finland: During the energy crisis of the 1970's, the common thinking was that the decline on traffic volume was to last forever, and motorways would turn unecessary. Most projects were cancelled. It took more than a decade to resume the activity. You might reach even more dramatic figures, if you compare years 1975-1985 to other periods of ten years.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 03:14 AM   #1597
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This was the last year for a motorway opening in Norway for 15 years.
This is not entirely correct since part of the E6 between Kløfta and Jessheim was widened to motorway standard in the early 80s, and I believe the motorway north of Bergen (then rv 14, now E16/E39) was built in the 80s. Details, I know, but still...
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Greek motorway A7. Artemisio tunnel, during the construction of the first tube, in 1985-1987.





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Old January 2nd, 2017, 06:36 PM   #1599
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Mestre bypass (now A57, until 2009 part of A4) shortly before its opening, August 1972
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Flying the Ancient Road 3, Helsinki

Once upon a time there was a rural windy road leading to Helsinki from northwest. In 1930's, it was made a highway 3 Helsinki-Hämeenlinna-Tampere-Vaasa.

After WW II, Finland industrialized quickly, and the Helsinki Metropolitan area begun its fast growth. The population in the current Metropolitan area was about 240,000 in 1930, while currently it is 1.1 million. The growth implied the expansion of the city area and rebuilding the road network.

The old road 3 did not survive this development. In its south end, the original road has been cut into pieces, and disappeared as a contiguous road. However, most of those pieces are left for some purpose.


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A kilometer pole at the old road in Pitäjänmäki. The distance Helsinki-Hämeenlinna was 123 kilometers while it nowadays is 100.

I have made a video flying nine kilometers along the old road, starting from Meilahti where the current and old roads branch, to Malminkartano where the administrative city limit of Helsinki nowadays lies. It is an experimental video based on the imagery of Google Earth.

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