A12 motorway (Netherlands)

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A12 motorway
Rijksweg 12
Location of the A12 motorway
Major junctions
West end: The Hague
East end: Lobith
Provinces: South Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland
Highway system

The A12 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands. The road connects the city of The Hague, with the German border, near Zevenaar, and the German Autobahn BAB 3. On its way, it crosses three Dutch provinces: South Holland, Utrecht, and Gelderland.

European routes[edit]

The A12 motorway runs along with parts of three major European routes:

The A12 near The Hague[edit]

A12 as highway in The Hague.

The section of the A12 road within the city of The Hague (near exits 1, 2 and 3) is actually not a motorway, but a highway. This part of the road, known as the Utrechtsebaan, is too narrow to meet the Dutch requirements for a motorway (for example, it does not have a shoulder), and is therefore a highway with a maximum speed of 70 km/h.

To avoid local traffic from using this heavily congested part of the road, exits 2 through 4 are built as incomplete exits. These exits only feature westbound exits and eastbound entrances, so they can only be used by interlocal traffic. Local traffic is therefore forced to make use of the available local roads.

'Branding' controversy[edit]

In 2008, a government programme on route branding, under an umbrella project in urban planning, put stickers on all streetlights of the A12, citing efforts to give it a "route 66-like" allure. This plan, dubbed the "regenboogroute" (rainbow route), received news coverage because of its alleged trivial results (stickers on streetlights) and high costs (€120 000).[1]

Exit list[edit]

Province Municipality Km. # Name Roads Notes
South Holland The Hague 1 AB-Kreuzung.svg 1 Den Haag-Malieveld N44 Terminus of A12 at the junction with N44
2 AB-AS.svg 2 Den Haag-Centrum Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
3 AB-AS.svg 3 Den Haag-Bezuidenhout Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Leidschendam-Voorburg 5 AB-AS.svg 4 Voorburg Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
6 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Prins Clausplein A4
Pijnacker-Nootdorp 7 AB-AS.svg 5 Nootdorp
Zoetermeer 13 AB-AS.svg 6 Zoetermeer-Centrum Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
16 AB-AS.svg 7 Zoetermeer
Lansingerland 18 AB-AS.svg 8 Bleiswijk N209
Zevenhuizen-Moerkapelle 23 AB-AS.svg 9 Zevenhuizen N219
Gouda 27 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Gouwe A20 Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
29 AB-AS.svg 11 Gouda N207
Reeuwijk 33 AB-AS.svg 12 Reeuwijk to N11
Bodegraven 35 AB-AS.svg 12a Bodegraven N11 Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
39 AB-AS.svg 13 Nieuwerbrug
Utrecht Woerden 46 AB-AS.svg 14 Woerden N201
51 AB-AS.svg 14a Harmelen
Utrecht 54 AB-AS.svg 15 De Meern N198, N228
57 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Oudenrijn A2
Nieuwegein 59 AB-AS.svg 16 Nieuwegein
Utrecht 60 AB-AS.svg 17 Utrecht-Kanaleneiland
61 AB-AS.svg 18 Utrecht-Hoograven
62 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Lunetten A27
Bunnik 68 AB-AS.svg 19 Bunnik N229
Utrechtse Heuvelrug 71 AB-AS.svg 20 Driebergen N225
77 AB-AS.svg 21 Maarn N227 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
81 AB-AS.svg 22 Maarsbergen N226
Veenendaal 92 AB-AS.svg 23 Veenendaal -West
104 AB-AS.svg 23a Veenendaal N233
Gelderland Ede 107 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Maanderbroek A30
Wageningen 109 AB-AS.svg 24 Wageningen
Renkum 120 AB-AS.svg 25 Oosterbeek
121 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Grijsoord A50
Arnhem 128 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Waterberg A50
129 AB-AS.svg 26 Arnhem-Noord
134 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Velperbroek A348, N325
Westervoort 136 AB-AS.svg 27 Westervoort N338
Duiven 138 AB-AS.svg 28 Duiven
Zevenaar 143 AB-AS.svg 29 Zevenaar N336
Montferland 147 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Oud-Dijk A18 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
149 AB-AS.svg 30 Beek
BAB-Grenze.svg Border with Germany; this road continues as the German A3.