A15 motorway (Netherlands)
Location of the A15 and A18 motorways
|Provinces:||South Holland, Gelderland|
|Motorways in the Netherlands|
Connection between A15 and A18
In governmental plans, the A15 and A18 together were meant to be one long motorway from the Europoort harbor near Rotterdam towards the town of Varsseveld in the east of the country. However, the section of this road between the interchange Ressen and Arnhem has never been constructed. To avoid confusion for drivers, the eastern part of the road has been given a different number: 18.
Section A15 (and N15)
The westernmost part of the road, between exits 8 and 14, is officially not an Autosnelweg (motorway), and is therefore called N15. However, it has most characteristics of a motorway, such as a central barrier and a hard shoulder. As of exit 14, the road becomes an official motorway, called A15. Together with the Betuweroute, which runs parallel on several stretches, the A15 is a main transport corridor from the Port of Rotterdam to the east.
In the near future, the A15 motorway near Rotterdam is being widened between the exit Brielle and the interchange Vaanplein. To the western part, between Brielle and Spijkenisse, one lane in each direction will be added, making it a 2x3 road. As for the eastern part of the section, between Spijkenisse and the Vaanplein, the current 2x3 road will be upgraded to a 2x5 road. The construction works are planned to be executed between 2010 and 2016. 
Section A18 (and N18)
The A18 motorway is a short motorway, with only 5 exits and 20 kilometers. The western terminus, interchange Oud-Dijk, can only be used by traffic to and from the western part of the A12. Traffic to/from the A12 east of this interchange (most likely from the German BAB 3 road) will have to use local roads to get from the A18 to the A12 or vice versa.
After its eastern terminus near Varsseveld, road number 18 continues as a regional non-motorway road, therefore being called N18. This road passes the towns Harreveld, Lichtenvoorde, Groenlo, and Eibergen on its way to the city Enschede.
Exit list: A15 Europoort-Bemmel
|Rotterdam||-||9||Havens 6200-7000||Haven means harbor|
|-||10||Engeland||Exit to the ferry to Hull, England|
|39||14||Rozenburg-Centrum||Centrum means center|
|53||18||Pernis / Heijplaat|
|60||19a /||Interchange Vaanplein||A29|
|Ridderkerk||63||Interchange Ridderkerk(-Noord)||A16, A38||Noord means north|
|69||Interchange Ridderkerk(-Zuid)||A16||Zuid means south|
|86||25||Sliedrecht-Oost||Oost means east|
|118||30a||Meteren||For eastbound traffic only|
|Lingewaard||162||Interchange Ressen||A325, N325|
Exit list: A18 Zevenaar-Varsseveld
|Gelderland||Montferland||189||Interchange Oud-Dijk||A12||Exit from eastbound A12, entrance to westbound A12|
|Oude IJsselstreek||211||5||Varsseveld||N18 (N318, N330)|
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