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Transformation of the N49 expressway Antwerp-Northsea to a normal motorway, the A11/E34, is slowly making progress. Between Antwerp and Zelzate, there is only one same-level crossing left, near Kruisstraat.

Another big project is the prestigious Oosterweelbridge which, when completed, should close the inner ring road of Antwerp.



 

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Congrats fot the new thread :banana: :banana:! Is it true that Belgian motorways are all lit up?
Not all. Some newer aren't lit, and in fact, in the Ardennes, only intersections are lit at night, and sometimes it's all dark. But they used to lit the whole damn freeway.

As far as i know, the E40 De Panne - Oostende and E403 Brugge - Tournai aren't lit, and don't have lampposts either.
 

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Belgium has a very extensive motorway system, one of the densest in the world. Most motorways are 2x3 lanes, and the amount of trucktraffic is incredible. However, traffic jams do occur often around Brussels and Antwerp.
In the French-speaking Wallonie region are less traffic jams, but mostly the right 2 lanes are taken by trucks, so traffic can be busy, especially around Liège, Namur, Charleroi and Mons.

The map above shows the A and R-3 numbers. A means Autoroute/Autosnelweg (sometimes called Autostrade), and R-numbers represent the Ringroads, which isn't nessecarily a motorway standards road.

However, in daily use, the European E-numbers are used. A numbers only appear on signs when there isn't an E-number, and A-numbers can be found on every milemarker in Belgium, despite being an E-route.

The Brussels ringroad is the R0, this is the busiest road in Belgium. Fast after that, we see the Antwerp R1, which is very busy as well, because of the lack of better ringroads around the city.

The E313 has only 2x2 lanes, and is crowded with trucks, so traffic jams in excess of 20km occur often here.


This is a map of the more daily used E-numbers.

Some Autoroutes in Wallonie do have names, like the E42 is the Autoroute de Wallonie and the E411 is the Autoroute des Ardennes. The A54 is named La Caroloregienne.

The Belgian non-motorway network is quite extensive too, sometimes with 2x2 lanes and a 120km/h limit. Some are very motorway-like, like the N25 between Louvain-la-Neuve and Nivelles, or the N97 near Dinant.

Unlike the Netherlands, Belgian cities tends to have a lot of suburbs, which create a lot of traffic. The busy Antwerp port generates a lot of truck traffic along the E19, E34 and E313.

Belgium is one of the busiest transitcountries in Europe. The quality of the roads was extremely poor a few years ago, with almost every Autoroute filled with potholes and trackformation, however, most of that has changed, but there are some worse motorways still leftover. Maintenance wasn't much of an issue the last 30 years, so there is a lot of construction to do. Motorways like the E25 and the E411 to the south are completely renovated, and of good quality now.
 

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Transformation of the N49 expressway Antwerp-Northsea to a normal motorway, the A11/E34, is slowly making progress. Between Antwerp and Zelzate, there is only one same-level crossing left, near Kruisstraat.

Another big project is the prestigious Oosterweelbridge which, when completed, should close the inner ring road of Antwerp.



Those are outdated impressions. Here's the latest:





 

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I don't think the Oosterweelconnection will solve traffic jams completely, it always end at the 2x4 R1 near Merksem. However, it might relieve the jammed R1 south of interchange Antwerpen-Oost (Antwerp-East).

Even better would be an extended tollfree R2 from the E17 to the E19, either north or south of Antwerp.

And the E313 has to be widend fast from Lummen to Antwerp, all lanes are taken by trucks, making the 120km/h limit quite useless.
And signage have to be better near Antwerp-East, you see trucks there over all 5 lanes searching their way to their directions.
 

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I'll start with a photoserie of the E313, the main motorway between Liège and Antwerp. It has a lot of truck traffic, so photographing was difficult sometimes.

Pictures taken yesterday (friday, June 22nd).

108 pics, Picasa webalbum
With all the bushes, trees and uncut grass it feels quite abandoned. While I like green plants around motorways, they should not obstruct traffic signs. Does anybody maintain motorways?
 

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Things have improved. The E25 Liège - Luxembourg and E411 Brussels - Luxembourg have been completely renovated.

The E40 Aachen - Brussels is old concrete, which is very noisy, but not very bumpy.

They build some motorways in the eighties, which they had to cutback on budget, so some motorways aren't build with foundation. Within 10 years, holes appeared all over these motorways. Now they are renovated.
 

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Not all. Some newer aren't lit, and in fact, in the Ardennes, only intersections are lit at night, and sometimes it's all dark. But they used to lit the whole damn freeway.

As far as i know, the E40 De Panne - Oostende and E403 Brugge - Tournai aren't lit, and don't have lampposts either.
I see... and I thought that all of them were lit up... Anyway thanx. :cheers:
 

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E25 Beaufays - Liège - Loncin (E40)
First the huge descent to the Meuse river Valley, the windy track through the big city with all it's tunnels and bridges and finally onto the E40/E42 interchange (Échangeur de Loncin). Definatly one of the most spectacular urban Motorways in Belgium to drive on. It's quite new, the section is from the 2000's.

Part 1

Part 2
(because of the length divided in 2 sections)

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Outside the dirty cities like Liège and Charleroi, the Southern Wallonie area is very beautiful and actually quite high, sometimes over 600m, with deep river valleys. It's an important tourist attraction. You can even ski here in winter.
 
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