A2 motorway (Netherlands)

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A2 motorway
Rijksweg 2

Location of the A2 motorway
Highway system
The N2 through Maastricht.

The A2 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands. It is one of the busiest highways in the Netherlands. The road connects the city of Amsterdam, near the interchange Amstel, with the Belgian border, near Maastricht (NL) and Liège (B), and the Belgian road A25.

The route of the A2 motorway is shared with two major European routes. Between its start, at the Interchange Amstel near Amsterdam, and the Interchange Oudenrijn near Utrecht, the E35 follows the A2 motorway. From the Interchange Oudenrijn towards the Belgian border just south of Maastricht, the European route E25 follows the route of the A2. The local and express lane on A2 has different speed limit. The speed limit on express lane is 120 km/h (75 mph) and local is 100 km/h (63 mph).

Road N2

Currently, the motorway A2 is interrupted at one location, near Maastricht. This section is being referred to as N2, to make a distinction between the motorway (A2) and the non-motorway (N2).

The N2 through Maastricht

Between the interchanges Kruisdonk and Europaplein through Maastricht, the motorway A2 is interrupted. This road section was built as a highway with several at-grade intersections with traffic lights. However, a tunnel underneath the city is under construction, to eliminate at-grade intersections.[1]

The N2 around Eindhoven

The beltway around the city of Eindhoven, the so-called Randweg between the interchanges Ekkersweijer and Leenderheide, uses a system of local-express lanes. The inner two lanes do not have any exits, so it is exclusively for express traffic passing the city of Eindhoven; it is considered a motorway (A2) with a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The outer two lanes are used by vehicles to and from Eindhoven and the neighbouring towns. It does not meet the Dutch standards of a motorway (steeper grades near intersections and smaller bend radiuses), and has a maximum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). These outer lanes have road number N2, to distinguish the local lanes from the express lanes.[2]

Other reconstruction projects

The A2 motorway was subject to multiple reconstruction projects. Next to the project around Eindhoven, as described above, the A2 was being rebuilt at the following locations:

Amsterdam - Utrecht

Between interchanges Holendrecht and Oudenrijn, the road has been widened from six (2x3) to ten (2x5) lanes. It has enough space to expand the road to fourteen (2x7) lanes. Near the city of Utrecht, a system of local-express lanes has been applied, with the inner three lanes serving express traffic, and the outer two lanes serving local traffic. Unlike the situation near Eindhoven, the motorway status is maintained for local lanes, which means that all ten lanes will keep the name A2.[3][4]

Utrecht - 's-Hertogenbosch

Between interchanges Oudenrijn and Everdingen, the A2 was expanded to 2x4 lanes. Between interchanges Everdingen and Deil, the road is widened from four (2x2) to eight lanes (2x4); the section between interchanges Deil and Empel was expanded from four to six lanes.[5]

's-Hertogenbosch beltway

The A2 around the city of 's-Hertogenbosch was rebuilt similarly to the future situation near Utrecht. However, there are only just four express lanes, instead of the six near Utrecht, so the road has 4x2 lanes.[6]

's-Hertogenbosch - Eindhoven

Since both the 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven beltways were finished in 2009, a new bottleneck appeared between both cities. The motorway has only 2x2 lanes while both beltways are having twice the capacity. Construction of expanding this section to 2x3 lanes started on December 13, 2011. [7]

Exit list

The NetherlandsNorth HollandAmsterdam3119 A10North end of E 35 overlap
Ouder-Amstel33211 N522
Amsterdam36222 A9
De Ronde Venen44274 N201
Utrecht57356 N230
62398 N198
6440 E 25 / E 35 / A12South end of E 35 overlap; north end of E 25 overlap
Nieuwegein68429 N210
7446 A27
794912 N483 / N484
GelderlandCulemborg815013 N320
885515 N327
91 A15
Neerijnen945816 N830Gap in km near Waalbrug
Zaltbommel1026317 N322
1076619 N831
North Brabant's-Hertogenbosch11270 A59North end of A59 overlap
11571 A59South end of A59 overlap
Veghel1177321 N279
Schijndel1197422 N617
Vught12075 A65Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
1217523 N65Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
A50Gap in km due to connection with A50
E 312 / A58Gap in km due to connection with A58
31aUnder construction
E 34 / A67Gap in km due to connection with A67; west end of A67 and E 34 overlap
221433 N69
E 34 / A67Gap in km due to connection with A67; east end of A67 and E 34 overlap
Valkenswaard17610934 N396
Heeze-Leende17811135Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
Nederweert19412139 N275Gap in km
Leudal20612840 N280
21313241 N273
Maasgouw21613442Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
21813543Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Echt-Susteren22014044 N276
221137 A73Northbound exit and southbound entrance
22814246 N296
Sittard-Geleen23214447 N297
Stein23914948 N294
241150 A76
25016051Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Maastricht254158 A79Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
ViaductwegNorth end of N2 road designation
ScharnerwegSouth end of N2 road designation
262163 N278
26316355Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
26816757Southbound exit and northbound entrance
27017058Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
Limburg (NL)/ Limburg (BE)
province line
Eijsden / Voeren
municipality line
E 25 / A25Border with Belgium; this road continues as the Belgian A25; south end of E 25 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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