A16 autoroute

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A16 autoroute
Route information
Length: 319 km (198 mi)
Existed: 1991 – present
Major junctions
South end: L'Isle-Adam
 

Junction 17.svg Autoroute A29.png
A29 autoroute
Junction 18.svg Autoroute A29.png
A29 autoroute
Junction 23.svg Autoroute A28.png
A28 autoroute

Junction 48.svgAutoroute A26.png
A26 autoroute
North end: Dunkirk
Location
Major cities: Beauvais, Amiens, Abbeville, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais
Highway system
E 402
Autoroutes of France

The A16 autoroute – also known as L'Européenne and forming between Abbeville and Dunkirk a part of the larger Autoroute des estuaires – is a motorway in northern France.

The motorway, which has a total length of 319 km (198 mi), starts at L'Isle-Adam in Île-de-France and ends at the Belgian frontier near Bray-Dunes, serving en route Beauvais, Amiens and Abbeville in Picardy, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais and Dunkirk in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. From Abbeville, the A16 runs parallel to the English Channel and then the North Sea coast.

The motorway was built in the 1990s to relieve the congested RN1 between Paris and the Côte d'Opale (Boulogne and Calais). Between L'Isle-Adam and Boulogne it is operated by the Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l'Est de la France (SANEF) and is tolled. From Boulogne to the Belgian border the road is managed by the Direction Départementale de l'Équipement (DDE), which does not impose a toll.

List of junctions[edit]

Autoroute A16.png
Junction number & name Northbound exits Southbound exits
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 10 RN1, RN184, Presles RN1, RN184
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 11  RD 922, RN1, L'Île-Adam, Mours, Beaumont-sur-Oise RD 922, RN1, L'Île-Adam, Mours, Beaumont-sur-Oise
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 12  RD 924, Persan, Chambly
Péage.png Péage d'Amblainville
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 13  RD105, Méru RD105, Méru
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos de Lormaison
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos d'Auteuil
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 14  Beauveais sud RN1, Beauvais RN1, Beauvais
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 15 Beauvais RN31, Beauvais RN31, Beauvais
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos du Chêne Peuquet
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 16 RD930, Breteuil, Hardivilliers-en-Vexin RD930, Breteuil, Hardivilliers-en-Vexin
Aire d'autoroute - station essence.png Aire de repos de Hardivilliers
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos de laVallée de la Selle
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 17 A29 A29
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 18  RN29, Amiens, Salouël RN29, Amiens, Salouël
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 28.1 A29 A29
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 19  Amiens Amiens
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 20  RN1, Amiens RN1, Amiens
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos de Vignacourt
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 21  RN1, Ville-le-Marclet RN1, Ville-le-Marclet
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos du Haut Clocher
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 22  Abbeville est RD925, Abbeville RD925, Abbeville
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 23 Abbeville nord A28 A28
Aire d'autoroute - station essence.png Aire de repos de la Baie de Somme
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 24  Côte Picarde RN1, RD32 Forest-Montiers, Nouvion RN1, RD32 Forest-Montiers, Nouvion
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos du Bois de la Commanderie
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 25  RD303 Berck-Plage RD303 Berck-Plage
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 26  RN39, Le Touquet RN39, Le Touquet
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos des Falaises de Widehem
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 27  RD308, Hardelot-Plage RD308, Hardelot-Plage
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 28  Boulogne sud RN1, Hesdin-l'Abbé RN1, Hesdin-l'Abbé
Péage.png Péage de Herquelingue
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 29  Boulogne centre RN1, Boulogne-sur-Mer RN1, Boulogne-sur-Mer
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 30  RD341, Boulogne-sur-Mer
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 31  RN42 RN42
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 32  Boulogne nord Boulogne-sur-Mer Boulogne-sur-Mer
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 33  RD940, Wimereux RD940, Wimereux
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 34  Wacquinghen
Aire d'autoroute - station essence.png Aire de repos de L'Épitre
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 35 RD241, Marquise
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 36  RD191, Marquise RD191, Marquise
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 37 Saint-Inglevert
Aire d'autoroute - station essence.png Aire de repos Les Deux Caps
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 38  Saint-Inglevert
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 39  RD243, Bonningues-lès-Calais RD243, Bonningues-lès-Calais
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 40  RD215, Peuplingues, Fréthun RD215, Peuplingues, Fréthun
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 41  Channel Tunnel, Coquelles Channel Tunnel, Coquelles
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 42  Channel Tunnel, Coquelles Channel Tunnel, Coquelles
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 43  RD305, Calais RD305, Calais
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 44  Calais Calais
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 45  Entrance only
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 46  RN43, Calais RN43, Calais
Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svg 47 A26 A26
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos du Beau Marais
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 48  RD247, Marck RD247, Marck
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 49  Marck Marck
Aire de pique-nique.png Aire de repos d'Offekerque
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 50  RD219, Nouvelle-Eglise RD219, Nouvelle-Eglise
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 51  RD218, Saint-Folquin RD218, Saint-Folquin
Change of numbering

Future extensions[edit]

It is projected to extend the A16 south to the Francilienne, the outer Parisian ringroad. Studies were meant to be finalised in Spring 2006.

Public enquiry will take place during the end of the year 2006. The objective is to begin construction of the extension in 2009 and to open the new extension in 2012. This new 8.5 km (5.3 mi) long section wil be operated by the SANEF.

Street lighting[edit]

Since 2007, around 70 km (43 mi) of central reservation lights have been switched off, in particular around the Calais and Dunkerque areas. Authorities claim that the result is a significant decrease in the number of accidents. However, the road is now quite difficult to use at night for those unfamiliar with it, especially around Calais where there are numerous junctions close together serving the Channel Tunnel, the Port of Calais (A26 intersection) and all the hypermarkets and shopping centres in between. The lack of lighting on the motorway, and also to the gantry signs, makes it difficult to navigate. This is made worse by the fact that the lighting on the surrounding roads remains switched on, making the motorway itself seem even darker. Unfamiliar users are urged to be cautious.

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