A63 autoroute

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The A63 autoroute is a motorway in southwest France, connecting Bordeaux (from Junction 15 of the Rocade) to the border with Spain. The RN10 does not exist anymore and became a full toll road[1] which crosses Les Landes (moorland) as a dual-carriageway.

The road is an important axis of communication between the French and Spanish Basque Country.

Route[edit]

The A63 connects the border with Spain at Biriatou (close to Hendaye) at the southern edge of the Landes (department) towards Bordeaux which it reaches at junction 15 of rocade).

It is part of the Autoroute des Estuaires and is used by lorries from all over Europe heading to the Iberian peninsula. In addition, the road is connected at Bayonne with the A64 to Pau, Tarbes and Toulouse.

The northern section has junctions with the A660.

Péage of the Negress with Biarritz

History[edit]

  • The A63 was operated by the Autoroute Company de la Cote Basque (ACOBA) in 1984.
  • The first section to open was the by-pass of Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1972.
  • ACOBA was integrated into the ASF.

Junctions[edit]

  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A630-A63 Junction with the A630 Rocade de Bordeaux to Bordeaux, Toulouse and Paris.
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg26 (Gradignan) km 205 Towns served: Gradignan
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg26b (Canéjan) km 205 Towns served: Canéjan
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg25 (Cestas) km 201 Towns served: Cestas
    • Aire d'autoroute - station essence.pngService Area: km 197 Bordeaux-Cestas
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg24 (Pierroton) km 195 Towns served: Pierroton
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Les Gargails
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg23 (Marcheprime) km 186 Towns served: Marcheprime
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A63-A660 km 182 Junction with the A660 spur to Bassin d'Arcachon
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg21 (Salles) km 121 Towns served: Salles
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: km 168 Lugos
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg20 (Belin-Béliet) km 161 Towns served: Belin
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A63
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A63 (St-Geours-de-Maremne) Autoroute recommences.
  • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: km 59 Saubion
  • Péage.pngPéage de Bénesse-Maremne km 50
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg08 (Bénesse-Maremne) km 50 Towns served: Bénesse
    • Aire d'autoroute - station essence.pngService Area km 45 Labenne
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg07 (Ondres) km 40 Towns served: Ondres
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg06 (Bayonne-nord) km 34 Towns served: Bayonne
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg05a (Bayonne-Mousserolles) km 31 Towns served: Bayonne
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg05 (Bayonne-sud) km 27 Towns served: Bayonne, Biarritz
  • Péage.pngPéage de Biarritz-La Négresse
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg04 (Biarritz-La Négresse) km 22 Towns served: Biarritz
    • Service Area: Bidart
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg03 (St-Jean-de-Luz-nord) km 12.5 Towns served: Saint-Jean-de-Luz
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Urrugne
  • Péage.pngPéage de Biriatou
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg01 (Biriatou) km 1 Towns served: Biriatou
    • Frontier with Flag of Spain.svg Spain where road becomes the AP-8

A660[edit]

  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A63-A660 Junction with the A63
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg01 (Lacanau de Mios) km 2 Towns served:
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg02 (Facture-Biganos) km 4 Towns served:
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg03 (Le Teich) km 10 Towns served:

Roundabout Point Gujan-Mestras Junction with RD650 Roundabout Point La Hume Junction with RN250

Future[edit]

  • The southern section will be widened to three lanes over the next few years.
  • It is planned to upgrade the RN10 across the Landes.
  • The northern section would become part of a new ring road for Bordeaux. This however is a controversial road project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://aquitaine.france3.fr/2013/04/25/a63-241025.html

External links[edit]