A2 motorway (Netherlands)

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A2 motorway
Rijksweg 2
Motorways in the Netherlands with A2 and N2 bolt
Route information
Part of E 25 / E 34 / E 35
Maintained by Rijkswaterstaat[1]
Length: 217.098 km[2] (134.898 mi)
Major junctions
North end: E 19 / E 35 / A10 / S110 in Amsterdam
 
South end: E 25 / A25 at Belgium border
Location
Provinces: North Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland, North Brabant, Limburg
Highway system
A1 N3
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).

Route description[edit]

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.

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.[3]

History[edit]

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 has been widened from six (2x3) to ten (2x5) lanes. It has enough space to expand the road to fourteen (2x7) lanes. Near the city of Utrecht, a system of local-express lanes has been 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 is maintained for local lanes, which means that all ten lanes will keep the name A2.[4][5]

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.[6]

'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.[7]

'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. [8]

Future[edit]

A tunnel underneath the city of Maastricht is under construction, to eliminate at-grade intersections. It will have both local and express lanes.[9]

Exit list[edit]

Country Province Municipality km mi Exit Name Destinations Notes
The Netherlands North Holland Amsterdam 31 19 Interchange Amstel E 19 / E 35 / A10 / S110 North end of E 35 overlap
Ouder-Amstel 33 21 1 Oudekerk aan de Amstel N522
Amsterdam 35 22 Holendrecht interchange A9
36 22 2 Amsterdam-Zuidoost S111 Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
Utrecht Abcoude 39 24 3 Abcoude
De Ronde Venen 44 27 4 Vinkeveen N201
Breukelen 50 31 5 Breukelen N401
Utrecht 57 35 6 Maarssen N230
60 37 7 Utrecht-Leidsche Rijn-Centrum
62 39 8 Utrecht-Centrum N198
64 40 Oudenrijn interchange E 25 / E 35 / A12 South end of E 35 overlap; north end of E 25 overlap
Nieuwegein 68 42 9 Nieuwegein N210
71 44 10 Nieuwegein-Zuid
Vianen 72 45 11 Vianen
74 46 Everdingen interchange E 311 / A27
79 49 12 Everdingen N483 / N484
Gelderland Culemborg 81 50 13 Culemborg N320
Geldermalsen 85 53 14 Beesd
88 55 15 Geldermalsen N327
91 Deil interchange E 31 / A15
Neerijnen 94 58 16 Waardenburg N830 Gap in km near Waalbrug
Zaltbommel 102 63 17 Zaltbommel N322
Maasdriel 107 66 19 Kerkdriel N831
North Brabant 's-Hertogenbosch 112 70 Empel interchange A59 North end of A59 overlap
113 70 20 Rosmalen
115 71 Hintham Interchange A59 South end of A59 overlap
Veghel 117 73 21 Veghel N279
Schijndel 119 74 22 Sint-Michielsgestel N617
Vught 120 75 Vught interchange A65 Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
121 75 23 Tilburg N65 Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
123 76 24 Vught
Boxtel 127 79 25 Boxtel-Noord
132 82 26 Boxtel
Best 138 86 27 Best-West
141 88 28 Best
Eindhoven 143–
12
89–
7.5
Ekkersweijer interchange A50 Gap in km due to connection with A50
13–
154
8.1–
96
Batadorp interchange E 312 / A58 Gap in km due to connection with A58
156 97 29 Eindhoven-Airport
157 98 30 Eindhoven-Centrum Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
158 98 30a Meerhoven-Zuid
Veldhoven 159 99 31 Veldhoven
162 101 32 Veldhoven-Zuid
Eindhoven 163–
19
101–
12
De Hogt interchange E 34 / A67 Gap in km due to connection with A67; west end of A67 and E 34 overlap
20 12 32a High Tech Campus
22 14 33 Waalre N69
23–
170
14–
110
Leenderheide interchange E 34 / A67 Gap in km due to connection with A67; east end of A67 and E 34 overlap
Valkenswaard 176 109 34 Valkenswaard N396
Heeze-Leende 178 111 35 Leende Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
Cranendonck 183 114 36 Maarheeze
185 115 37 Budel
Limburg Weert 189 117 38 Weert-Noord
Nederweert 194 121 39 Nederweert N275 Gap in km
Leudal 206 128 40 Kelpen-Oler N280
213 132 41 Grathem N273
Maasgouw 216 134 42 Wessem Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
218 135 43 Maasbracht Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Echt-Susteren 220 140 44 Sint Joost N276
221 137 Het Vonderen interchange A73 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
224 139 45 Echt
228 142 46 Roosteren N296
Sittard-Geleen 232 144 47 Born N297
Stein 239 149 48 Urmond N294
241 150 Kerensheide interchange E 314 / A76
243 151 49 Elsloo
Meerssen 246 153 50 Ulestraten
250 160 51 Meerssen Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Maastricht 254 158 52 Maastricht-Noord Southbound entrance and exit only
254 158 Kruisdonk interchange A79 Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
North end of A2 / N2 road designation
258 160 53 Maastricht-Centrum Noord Southbound entrance still under construction
261 162 54 Maastricht-Centrum Zuid N278 Northbound entrance and southbound exit still under construction
South end of A2 / N2 road designation
263 163 55 Maastricht-Zuid Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Eijsden 265 165 56 Gronsveld
268 167 57 Oost-Maarland Southbound exit and northbound entrance
270 170 58 Eijsden Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
The Netherlands / Belgium
country line
Limburg (NL) / Limburg (BE)
province line
Eijsden / Voeren
municipality line
E 25 / A25 Border with Belgium; this road continues as the Belgian A25; south end of E 25 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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