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Signpost to an Autostrasse (this one leads to the A1L motorroad leading out of central Zürich).
The A8 Autostrasse in Switzerland. Notice the speed limit, which is repetitively indicated, and the lack of a central physical barrier.

The Autostrasse means motorroad in English and exists in some European countries, noticeably Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and some other like Sweden, France, Slovakia, Poland, Netherlands and Norway under another name. The faster equivalent is the Autobahn (motorway). The Autostrasse can also be translated as a semi-motorway. Image File history File links Autostrasse sign, Zurich. ... Image File history File links Autostrasse sign, Zurich. ... View of the inner city with the four main churches visible, and the Albis in the backdrop Zürich (German: , Zürich German: Züri , French: , in English generally Zurich, Italian: ) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and... A8 Autostrasse Switzerland. ... A8 Autostrasse Switzerland. ... A road speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for road vehicles. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... It has been suggested that German Autobahns be merged into this article or section. ...


While the two are united in a common policy of accepting only motor vehicles, differences apply between the two:


On Autobahn routes, a higher speed limit applies. This can be either 120 km/h in Switzerland or a recommended limit of 130 km/h in Germany (unless otherwise signed, Germany only). But in Sweden the speed limit on motorways is (with one exception) also 110km/h as on many Autostrasse routes. Autostrasse routes are normally limited to a maximum speed limit between 90km/h and 130km/h. (Norway: 90km/h; Sweden: 90 - 110km/h; Switzerland: 100km/h; Austria: 100 - 130km/h; France: 90 - 110km/h, Netherlands: 100km/h; Poland: 100 - 110km/h; Germany: dual carriageway ore two ore more lanes each direction: recommended limit of 130 km/h, other types: 100km/h. In all states unless otherwise signed.)


Autostrasse routes with unlimited speed exists only in Germany (p.e. B9 Speyer - Woerth or B6 Goslar - Dessau)but these are more motorways signed as "Autostrasse" than semi-motorways or motorroads.


On Autobahn routes, longer exits and entrances apply (except for on roads with construction and older routes; they will be marked short exit or kurze Ausfahrt). On Autostrasse routes, most exits are remarkably short.


Some Autostrasse have no central barrier separating the carriageways running in different directions (e.g. A4 Autostrasse, Winterthur - Schaffhausen). On the A13 Autostrasse, portions of the road even allow drivers to overtake using the carriageway usually reserved for oncoming traffic. This simply does not exist on Autobahn routes; they are required to have a central barrier. The A4 between Rotkreuz and Zug (August 2004 image) The A4 motorway in Switzerland begins from Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland through to central Switzerland. ... The city church of Winterthur, a local landmark Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland. ... Schaffhausen (German:  , French: Schaffhouse, Italian: Sciaffusa) is a city in northern Switzerland and the capital of the canton of the same name; it has an estimated population of 33,527 as of March 31, 2005. ... The A13 between Sargans and Chur (August 2004 image) The A13 becomes a motorroad, passing near Sufers (August 2004 image) The A13 is a motorway, at times a motorroad (German: Autostrasse, or motorroad, alternatively an express route), which runs from St. ...


Signs are different, too. Autobahn routes often show a picture of two roads (signalled by a white line) over a bridge. Autostrasse routes often show a picture of a car (front view) in white.

A Swedish 2+1 lane "motortrafikled" constituting part of Riksväg (national road) 36
A Swedish 2+1 lane "motortrafikled" constituting part of Riksväg (national road) 36

This type of road is common is Sweden and Norway and to some extent in Denmark. In Norway and Denmark they are ordinary two-lane roads with exits and entrances but no crossings. In Sweden they have been rebuilt to 2+1 roads, alternating two lanes in one direction and one in the other, with a narrow fence in between. They previously had wide shoulders, allowing easy rebuilding. They are called Motortrafikled in Swedish, Motortrafikkvei in Norwegian and Motortrafikvej in Danish, translated to "motor traffic road." Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 705 KB) Autoweg (autoschnellweg) near Linköping in Sweden. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 705 KB) Autoweg (autoschnellweg) near Linköping in Sweden. ... 2+1 road with cable barrier near Linköping, Sweden. ...


A similar type of road seen in North America is known as a two-lane freeway or Expressway (California type); albeit wih fewer construction standards. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... A two-lane freeway or two-lane expressway is a freeway or expressway with only one lane in each direction, and usually no median barrier. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


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Informat.io on Autostrasse (380 words)
Notice the speed limit, which is repetitively indicated, and the lack of a central physical barrier.
The Autostrasse means motorroad in English and exists in some European countries, noticeably Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and some other like Sweden, France, Poland, Netherlands and Norway under another name.
Autostrasse routes are limited to a maximum speed limit of 100 km/h; Autostrasse routes with unlimited speed limits are nonexistent.
Autostrasse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (408 words)
Signpost to an Autostrasse (this one leads to the A1L motorroad leading out of central Zürich).
On Autostrasse routes, most exits are remarkably short.
Autostrasse routes often show a picture of a car (front view) in white.
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