A12 motorway (Netherlands)

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A12 motorway
Rijksweg 12
Location of the A12 motorway
Major junctions
West end: The Hague
East end: Lobith
Location
Provinces: South Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland
Highway system

The A12 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands. The road connects the city of The Hague, with the German border, near Zevenaar, and the German Autobahn BAB 3. On its way, it crosses three Dutch provinces: South Holland, Utrecht, and Gelderland.

European routes[edit]

The A12 motorway runs along with parts of three major European routes:

The A12 near The Hague[edit]

A12 as highway in The Hague.

The section of the A12 road within the city of The Hague (near exits 1, 2 and 3) is actually not a motorway, but a highway. This part of the road, known as the Utrechtsebaan, is too narrow to meet the Dutch requirements for a motorway (for example, it does not have a shoulder), and is therefore a highway with a maximum speed of 70 km/h.

To avoid local traffic from using this heavily congested part of the road, exits 2 through 4 are built as incomplete exits. These exits only feature westbound exits and eastbound entrances, so they can only be used by interlocal traffic. Local traffic is therefore forced to make use of the available local roads.

'Branding' controversy[edit]

In 2008, a government programme on route branding, under an umbrella project in urban planning, put stickers on all streetlights of the A12, citing efforts to give it a "route 66-like" allure. This plan, dubbed the "regenboogroute" (rainbow route), received news coverage because of its alleged trivial results (stickers on streetlights) and high costs (€120 000).[1]

Exit list[edit]

Country Province Municipality km mi Exit Destinations Notes
The Netherlands South Holland The Hague 1 1 1 N44 northeast (Benoordenhoutseweg) / S101 (Zuid Hollandlaan / Benoordenhoutseweg) – Wassenaar, Scheveningen
2 1 2 Juliana van Stolberglaan / Prins Bernhardviaduct Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
The Hague / Leidschendam-Voorburg
municipality line
3 2 3 Schenkkade Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
Leidschendam-Voorburg 5 3 4 S108 southwest (Maanweg) / Prins Bernhardlaan – Rijswijk, Voorburg Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
The Hague 6 4 E 19 / E 30 / A4 West end of E 30 overlap
7 4 5 Donau / Koning Willem-Alexanderviaduct
Zoetermeer 13 8 6 Zuidweg / Afrikaweg Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
16 10 7 N470
Lansingerland 18 11 8 N209
Zuidplas 23 14 9 N219
Waddinxveen 27 17 E 25 / A20 West end of E 25 overlap; eastbound entrance and westbound exit only
29 18 11 N452
Bodegraven-Reeuwijk 33 21 12 N459
35 22 12a N11 Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
39 24 13 Molendijk / Verlengde Tuurluur
Utrecht Woerden 46 29 14 N204
51 32 14a N419
Utrecht 54 34 15 N198 / N228
57 35 E 25 / E 35 / A2 East end of E 25 overlap; west end of E 35 overlap
59 37 16 Papendorpseweg
Amsterdam–Rhine Canal ? Galecopperbrug
Utrecht Utrecht 60 37 17 Europalaan
61 38 18 N408 south (Laagravenseweg) / Waterlinieweg – Nieuwegein, Utrecht
62 39 E 30 / E 311 / A27 East end of E 30 overlap
Bunnik ? De Forten rest area
Eastbound exit and entrance only
68 42 19 N229 south (Schoudermantel) / Baan van Fectio – Bunnik, Odijk
Utrechtse Heuvelrug 71 44 20 N225 east (Hoofdstraat) – Driebergen, Zeist
77 48 21 N227 – Maarn, Doorn Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
81 50 22 N226 (Woudenbergseweg) – Maarsbergen, Woudenberg, Leersum
? Bloemheuvel rest area eastbound
Oudenhorst rest area westbound
Renswoude / Veenendaal
municipality line
92 57 23 N418 north (Nieuweweg-Noord) / Rondweg-West – Veenendaal
Utrecht / Gelderland
province line
Veenendaal / Ede
municipality line
104 65 23a N233 south (Rondweg-Oost) / Rondweg De Klomp – Veenendaal
Gelderland Ede 107 66 A30 north – Ede
109 68 24 N781 south (Dr. W. Dreeslaan) – Ede, Bennekom
? Buunderkamp rest area eastbound
't Ginkelse Zand rest area westbound
120 75 25 N224 (Verlengde Arnhemseweg / Amsterdamseweg) – Ede, Arnhem
Arnhem 121 75 A50 south – Heelsum West end of A50 overlap
? De Schaars rest area
Westbound exit and entrance only
128 80 A50 north (Delhuijzenweg) – Beekbergen East end of A50 overlap
129 80 26 N784 (Apeldoornseweg) – Arnhem
134 83 A348 east (IJsselweg) / N325 west (IJsseloordweg) – Rheden, Arnhem
IJssel ? IJsselbrug
Gelderland Duiven 136 85 27 N338 east (Rivierweg) – Lathum, Westervoort
138 86 28 N810 south (Noordsingel) – Duiven
? Oudbroeken rest area eastbound
Aalburgen rest area westbound
Zevenaar 143 89 29 N813 east (Nieuwe Steeg / Tatelaarsweg) / N336 (Doesburgseweg) – Didam, Zevenaar
147 91 A18 east – Didam Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
149 93 30 N812 (Beekseweg) – Babberich, Beek
? 2theloo rest area
Northbound exit and entrance only
? E 35 / A 3 east – Babberich, Elten Border with Germany; this road continues as the German A 3; east end of E 35 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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