A50 motorway (Netherlands)

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A50 motorway
Rijksweg 50
Motorways in the Netherlands with A50 and N50 bolt
Route information
Part of E 31 / E 35
Maintained by Rijkswaterstaat[1]
Major junctions
South end: E 25 / A2 in Eindhoven
 
North end: E 232 / A28 / N50 in Hattem
Location
Provinces: North Brabant, Gelderland
Highway system
A44 A58

A50, the section of Rijksweg 50 that is constructed as controlled-access highway, is a north–south motorway in the Netherlands, running from Eindhoven in the province of North Brabant, northwards passing by the cities of Oss, Nijmegen, Arnhem and Apeldoorn, to its northern terminus in the province of Gelderland near the city of Zwolle.

The highway is maintained by Rijkswaterstaat.[1]

Route description[edit]

It passes the cities of Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Oss, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Apeldoorn and Zwolle.

History[edit]

During the Second World War the Highway was known as Highway 69. Since 1969 it is known as N69, and now remains so named only between the border of Noord-Brabant province and the E34 Freeway.

The highway was an important and only avenue of advance during Operation Market Garden, and after the fighting along its length between Allied and Wehrmacht forces it was named "Hell's Highway"[2] so named because of the effective artillery fire directed at it by the German forces in the area.[3] During the fighting some 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) of the highway south of Eindhoven was jammed with wrecks of vehicles being attacked by up to 200 Luftwaffe bombers[4] requiring bulldozers and blade-equipped tanks to roam the length, pushing them off the surface to keep traffic moving. The wrecks on the soft shoulders of the highway prevented its use by other vehicles,[5] in effect converting the highway into a narrow corridor, and slowing the movement on it to a crawl for the Allied drivers.

The fighting along N69 is depicted in a recent computer game Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway.

Exit list[edit]

Province Municipality km Mile Exit Destinations Notes
North Brabant Eindhoven 0.000 0.000 E 25 / A2 – Best, Eindhoven, Oirschot
6 Ekkersrijt
Son en Beugel 7 John F. Kennedylaan
8 N620 west (Bestseweg) – Best, Son en Beugel
Sonse Heide rest area
Southbound exit and entrance
Sint-Oedenrode 9 N637 north (Noordelijke randweg) / Eversestraat / Veghelseweg – Sint-Oedenrode, Schijndel
Veghel 10 N622 west (Eerdsebaan / Bovenrooy) – Veghel, Schijndel
Zuid-Willemsvaart Julian J. Ewellbrug
North Brabant Veghel 11 N279 (Rijksweg) – Veghel, Heeswijk-Dinther
12 Driehuizen / Udenseweg
Uden 13 N264 east (Lippstadt-singel) – Uden
14 Rondweg / Looweg
Bernheze 15 N603 west (Noorderbaan) – Nistelrode, Heesch
16 N324 east (Rijksweg) / N329 north (Graafsebaan) – Schaijk, Oss
Oss A59 west – Heesch, Oss, 's-Hertogenbosch
Ganzenven rest area southbound
De Gagel rest area northbound
17 N277 south / N626 west (Dorpenweg) / Erfsestraat – Ravenstein
Meuse Maasbrug Ravenstein
Gelderland Wijchen A326 east – Wijchen
Beuningen E 31 east / A73 east / N322 west – Beuningen, Deest Southern end of E 31 concurrency
Waal Tracitusbrug
Gelderland Overbetuwe E 31 west / A15 – Andelst, Elst Northern end of E 31 concurrency
Weerbroek rest area southbound
Meilanden rest area northbound
18 N837 (Cora Baltussenallee) – Heteren, Driel
Nederrijn Rijnbrug Heteren
Gelderland Renkum 19 N225 (Rijksweg) – Renkum, Oosterbeek
Arnhem De Slenk rest area
Northbound exit and entrance
E 35 / A12 – Ede, Bennekom Western end of A12 / E 35 concurrency
De Schaars rest area
Westbound exit and entrance
E 35 / A12 – Arnhem, Rozendaal Eastern end of A12 / E 35 concurrency
20 N784 (Apeldoornseweg) – Arnhem
21 N784 south / N311 west – Arnhem
North and southbound rest area
Transit buses and vehicle breakdown only
Apeldoorn North and southbound rest area
Transit buses and vehicle breakdown only
North and southbound rest area
Transit buses and vehicle breakdown only
22 N788 north (Arnhemseweg) – Beekbergen
23 N786 (Loenenseweg) – Beekbergen, Loenen
De Brink rest area southbound
De Somp rest area northbound
E 30 / A1 – Apeldoorn, Voorst
24 N345 – Apeldoorn, Voorst
25 Oost Veluweweg
Epe 26 N792 east (Geerstraat) / Eekterweg – Vaassen, Terwolde
27 N309 west – Epe
Heerde 28 N794 (Eperweg) – Epe, Heerde
Het Veen rest area southbound
Kolthoorn rest area northbound
29 Kamperweg
Hattem 30 Hessenweg / Keizersweg
N50 north–west / E 232 / A28 – Kampen, Zwolle, Wezep
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wegbeheerders". Rijkswaterstaat. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ p.87, Koskimaki
  3. ^ p.125, Ambrose
  4. ^ p.125, Ambrose
  5. ^ p.125, Ambrose

Works cited[edit]

  • Koskimaki, George E., Hell's highway: chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in the Holland Campaign, September - November 1944, Casemate, Havertown, 2003
  • Ambrose, Stephen E., Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, Part One, Chapter 4, Touchstone, New York, 1997

External links[edit]

Media related to A50 motorway (Netherlands) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°58′12″N 5°46′4″E / 51.97000°N 5.76778°E / 51.97000; 5.76778