A15 motorway (Netherlands)

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A15 motorway
Rijksweg 15
Location of the A15 and A18 motorways
Provinces: South Holland, Gelderland
Highway system

The Dutch A15 motorway (Rijksweg 15) is a set of two motorways in the Netherlands, the A15 and the A18. The map on the right-hand side shows these two parts of this Rijksweg 15.

Connection between A15 and A18[edit]

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)[edit]

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.

Reconstruction works[edit]

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. [1]

Section A18 (and N18)[edit]

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[edit]

Exit list: A15 Europoort-Bemmel[edit]

Province Municipality Km. # Name Roads Notes
South Holland Rotterdam
As local road Europaweg to/from Maasvlakte.
Westvoorne - AB-AS.svg 8 Oostvoorne N218
Rotterdam - AB-AS.svg 9 Havens 6200-7000 Haven means harbor
- AB-AS.svg 10 Engeland Exit to the ferry to Hull, England
- AB-AS.svg 11 Havens 5500-5700
Brielle - AB-AS.svg 12 Brielle N57
Rotterdam - AB-AS.svg 13 Rozenburg
39 AB-AS.svg 14 Rozenburg-Centrum Centrum means center
43 AB-AS.svg 15 Havens 4100-5200
Spijkenisse 45 AB-AS.svg 16 Spijkenisse N218
Rotterdam 49 AB-AS.svg 17 Hoogvliet
50 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Benelux A4
53 AB-AS.svg 18 Pernis / Heijplaat
54 AB-AS.svg 19 Charlois
60 AB-AS.svg 19a / AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Vaanplein A29
62 AB-AS.svg 20 IJsselmonde
Ridderkerk 63 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Ridderkerk(-Noord) A16, A38 Noord means north
69 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Ridderkerk(-Zuid) A16 Zuid means south
Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht 72 AB-AS.svg 21 Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht
Alblasserdam 76 AB-AS.svg 22 Alblasserdam
Papendrecht 78 AB-AS.svg 23 Papendrecht N3, N214
Sliedrecht 81 AB-AS.svg 24 Sliedrecht-West
86 AB-AS.svg 25 Sliedrecht-Oost Oost means east
Hardinxveld-Giessendam 88 AB-AS.svg 26 Hardinxveld-Giessendam
Gorinchem 95 AB-AS.svg 27 Gorinchem N216
96 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Gorinchem A27
Giessenlanden 100 AB-AS.svg 28 Arkel
Leerdam 106 AB-AS.svg 29 Leerdam N848
Gelderland Geldermalsen 115 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Deil A2
118 AB-AS.svg 30a Meteren For eastbound traffic only
121 AB-AS.svg 30 Geldermalsen N327
Tiel 124 AB-AS.svg 31 Wadenoijen
127 AB-AS.svg 32 Tiel-West N834
131 AB-AS.svg 33 Tiel N835
Neder-Betuwe 135 AB-AS.svg 34 Echteld N323
141 AB-AS.svg 35 Ochten N233
147 AB-AS.svg 36 Dodewaard
Overbetuwe 151 AB-AS.svg 37 Zetten N836
154 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Valburg A50
160 AB-AS.svg 38 Elst
Lingewaard 162 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Ressen A325, N325
Continues as road N839 around Bemmel.

Exit list: A18 Zevenaar-Varsseveld[edit]

Province Municipality Km. # Name Roads Notes
Gelderland Montferland 189 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Oud-Dijk A12 Exit from eastbound A12, entrance to westbound A12
191 AB-AS.svg 1 Didam N335
Doetinchem 196 AB-AS.svg 2 Wehl
200 AB-AS.svg 3 Doetinchem N316, N317
202 AB-AS.svg 4 Doetinchem-Oost N317
Oude IJsselstreek 211 AB-AS.svg 5 Varsseveld N18 (N318, N330)
Road continues as regional road N18 along Varsseveld, Harreveld, Lichtenvoorde, Groenlo, and Eibergen towards Enschede.


  1. ^ A15: verbreding Maasvlakte-Vaanplein, Rijkswaterstaat (in Dutch)