A2 motorway (Netherlands)

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A2 motorway
Rijksweg 2
Location of the A2 motorway
Highway system
The N2 through Maastricht.

The A2 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands. It is one of the busiest highways in the Netherlands. The road connects the city of Amsterdam, near the interchange Amstel, with the Belgian border, near Maastricht (NL) and Liège (B), and the Belgian road A25.

The route of the A2 motorway is shared with two major European routes. Between its start, at the Interchange Amstel near Amsterdam, and the Interchange Oudenrijn near Utrecht, the E35 follows the A2 motorway. From the Interchange Oudenrijn towards the Belgian border just south of Maastricht, the European route E25 follows the route of the A2. The local and express lane on A2 has different speed limit. The speed limit on express lane is 120 km/h (75 mph) and local is 100 km/h (63 mph).

Road N2[edit]

Currently, the motorway A2 is interrupted at one location, near Maastricht. This section is being referred to as N2, to make a distinction between the motorway (A2) and the non-motorway (N2).

The N2 through Maastricht[edit]

Between the interchanges Kruisdonk and Europaplein through Maastricht, the motorway A2 is interrupted. This road section was built as a highway with several at-grade intersections with traffic lights. However, there are plans to build a tunnel underneath the city, to avoid the situation with the at-grade intersections.[1]

The N2 around Eindhoven[edit]

The beltway around the city of Eindhoven, the so-called Randweg between the interchanges Ekkersweijer and Leenderheide, uses a system of local-express lanes. The inner two lanes do not have any exits, so it is exclusively for express traffic passing the city of Eindhoven; it is considered a motorway (A2) with a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The outer two lanes are used by vehicles to and from Eindhoven and the neighbouring towns. It does not meet the Dutch standards of a motorway (steeper grades near intersections and smaller bend radiuses), and has a maximum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). These outer lanes have road number N2, to distinguish the local lanes from the express lanes.[2]

Other reconstruction projects[edit]

The A2 motorway was subject to multiple reconstruction projects. Next to the project around Eindhoven, as described above, the A2 was being rebuilt at the following locations:

Amsterdam - Utrecht[edit]

Between interchanges Holendrecht and Oudenrijn, the road is being widened from six to ten lanes. Near the city of Utrecht, a system of local-express lanes will be applied, with the inner three lanes serving express traffic, and the outer two lanes serving local traffic. Unlike the situation near Eindhoven, the motorway status will be maintained for local lanes, which means that all ten lanes will keep the name A2.[3][4]

Utrecht - 's-Hertogenbosch[edit]

Between interchanges Oudenrijn and Everdingen, the A2 was expanded to 2x4 lanes. Between interchanges Everdingen and Deil, the road is widened from four (2x2) to eight lanes (2x4); the section between interchanges Deil and Empel was expanded from four to six lanes.[5]

's-Hertogenbosch beltway[edit]

The A2 around the city of 's-Hertogenbosch was rebuilt similarly to the future situation near Utrecht. However, there are only just four express lanes, instead of the six near Utrecht, so the road has 4x2 lanes.[6]

's-Hertogenbosch - Eindhoven[edit]

Since both the 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven beltways were finished in 2009, a new bottleneck appeared between both cities. The motorway has only 2x2 lanes while both beltways are having twice the capacity. Construction of expanding this section to 2x3 lanes started on December 13, 2011. [7]

Exit list[edit]

Province Municipality Km. # Name Roads Notes
North Holland Amsterdam 31 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Amstel A10
Ouder-Amstel 33 AB-AS.svg 1 Ouderkerk aan de Amstel N522
Amsterdam 36 AB-AS.svg 2 / AB-Kreuz-blau.svg AMC / Interchange Holendrecht A9
Utrecht Abcoude 39 AB-AS.svg 3 Abcoude
De Ronde Venen 44 AB-AS.svg 4 Vinkeveen N201
Breukelen 50 AB-AS.svg 5 Breukelen
Utrecht 57 AB-AS.svg 6 Ring Utrecht-Noord N230 Noord means north
60 AB-AS.svg 7 Industrial park Lage Weide / Het Zand
62 AB-AS.svg 8 Centrum N198 Centrum means (city) center
64 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Oudenrijn A12
Nieuwegein 68 AB-AS.svg 9 Nieuwegein N210
71 AB-AS.svg 10 Nieuwegein-Zuid Zuid means south
Vianen 72 AB-AS.svg 11 Vianen
74 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Everdingen A27
79 AB-AS.svg 12 Everdingen N483/N484
Gelderland Culemborg 81 AB-AS.svg 13 Culemborg N320
Geldermalsen 85 AB-AS.svg 14 Beesd
88 AB-AS.svg 15 Geldermalsen N327
91 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Deil A15
Neerijnen 94 AB-AS.svg 16 Waardenburg N830 Gap in km near Waalbrug
Zaltbommel 102 AB-AS.svg 17 Zaltbommel N322
Maasdriel 105 AB-AS.svg 18 Closed
107 AB-AS.svg 19 Kerkdriel N831
North Brabant 's-Hertogenbosch 112 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Empel A59
113 AB-AS.svg 20 Rosmalen
115 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Hintham A59
Veghel 117 AB-AS.svg 21 Veghel N279
Schijndel 119 AB-AS.svg 22 Schijndel N617
Vught 120 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Vught A65 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
121 AB-AS.svg 23 Vught-Centrum N65 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
123 AB-AS.svg 24 Vught
Boxtel 127 AB-AS.svg 25 Boxtel-Noord
132 AB-AS.svg 26 Boxtel
Best 138 AB-AS.svg 27 Best-West
141 AB-AS.svg 28 Best
Eindhoven 143/12 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Ekkersweijer A58 Gap in km due to connection with A58
13/154 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Batadorp A58
156 AB-AS.svg 29 Eindhoven Airport
157 AB-AS.svg 30 Eindhoven-Centrum
Veldhoven 159 AB-AS.svg 31 Veldhoven
? AB-AS.svg 31a Meerenakkerweg Under construction
162 AB-AS.svg 32 Veldhoven-Zuid
Eindhoven 163/19 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange De Hogt A67 Gap in km due to connection with A67
20 AB-AS.svg 32a High Tech Campus Eindhoven
22 AB-AS.svg 33 Waalre N69
23/170 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Leenderheide A67 Gap in km due to connection with A67
Valkenswaard 176 AB-AS.svg 34 Valkenswaard N396
Heeze-Leende 178 AB-AS.svg 35 Leende Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Cranendonck 183 AB-AS.svg 36 Maarheeze
185 AB-AS.svg 37 Budel
Limburg Weert 189 AB-AS.svg 38 Weert-Noord
Nederweert 194 AB-AS.svg 39 Nederweert N275 Gap in km
Leudal 206 AB-AS.svg 40 Kelpen-Oler N280
213 AB-AS.svg 41 Grathem N273
Maasgouw 216 AB-AS.svg 42 Wessem Northbound exit and southbound entrance
218 AB-AS.svg 43 Maasbracht Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Echt-Susteren 220 AB-AS.svg 44 Sint Joost N276
221 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Het Vonderen A73 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
224 AB-AS.svg 45 Echt
228 AB-AS.svg 46 Roosteren N296
Sittard-Geleen 232 AB-AS.svg 47 Born N297
Stein 239 AB-AS.svg 48 Urmond N294
241 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Kerensheide A76
243 AB-AS.svg 49 Elsloo
Meerssen 246 AB-AS.svg 50 Maastricht Aachen Airport
250 AB-AS.svg 51 Meerssen Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Maastricht 254 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Kruisdonk A79 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Gap in motorway A2; the road crosses Maastricht as highway N2, with several junctions.
262 AB-Kreuz.svg Interchange Europaplein N278
263 AB-AS.svg 55 Maastricht-Randwyck Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Eijsden 265 AB-AS.svg 56 Gronsveld
268 AB-AS.svg 57 Oost-Maarland Southbound exit and northbound entrance
270 AB-AS.svg 58 Eijsden Northbound exit and southbound entrance
BAB-Grenze.svg Border with Belgium; this road continues as the Belgian E25.