A7 motorway (Netherlands)

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A7 motorway
Rijksweg 7
Location of the A7 motorway
Major junctions
West end: NL-A8.svg A8 in Zaandam
East end: Bad Nieuweschans
Bundesautobahn 280 number.svg A 280 border with  Germany
Highway system

The A7 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands connecting Zaandam, via the Afsluitdijk, Sneek and Groningen to the German border near Bad Nieuweschans. The entire road is part of the European route E22, with exception of the first kilometre, between the terminus in Zaandam and the interchange Zaandam. With a length of 236 km it is the longest motorway in the Netherlands.

Motorway interruptions[edit]

The motorway A7 is interrupted twice:

  • Around Sneek, the road is demoted to a highway for several kilometres, and includes some at-grade intersections The at-grade intersections were replaced with grade-separated intersections in 2008–2010. However, it isn't a motorway.
  • Also, around the city of Groningen, it is demoted over a distance of several kilometres, mainly for the at-grade intersection with motorway A28, and for the road's small alignment through the city in general.

Both of the abovementioned sections are denoted as N7 to distinguish those parts from the motorway, for which the A designation is used in the Netherlands. The A7 together with the N7 is called the Rijksweg 7.

Westbound N7 near Groningen.
Interruption of the A7 in Groningen.

Speed limit experiment[edit]

From March 2011, on a section of the A7 motorway, motorists were allowed to drive at 130 km/h (80 mph), opposed to the then national speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph). This was a government test to investigate if driving at these higher speeds have an effect on the environment and safety. The test resulted positively, and the national speed limit was raised to 130 km/h (80 mph) in October 2012.

Afsluitdijk[edit]

The A7 runs across a historic part of Dutch engineering, the Afsluitdijk. This dam was originally created to protect the country's long interior coastline from floods by creating a large freshwater lake. The road over the Afsluitdijk was previously a 2-lane N road, but is now a proper motorway; the upgrade to motorway was achieved by utilising the dike's unused railway reservation for the second carriageway. Its midpoint is near the village of Breezanddijk. The former State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment, Joop Atsma, issued a statement detailing the factors influencing the decision to build a new naviduct on the Afsluitdijk section of the A7 at Kornwerderzand. A naviduct and new locks was costed at €200–450 million, depending on the size of locks and size of highway. A naviduct would give waiting time annualised benefits €13 million to road traffic, based on the existing bridge opening 7,000 times a year. Cost–benefit analysis of all potential solutions were considered, and a naviduct could be built to replace the locks when they reach the end of their useful life in 2050.[1]

Exit list[edit]

Country Province Municipality km mi Exit Destinations Notes
Netherlands North Holland Zaanstad 4 2.5 S151 west / S155
5 3.1 A8 / E 22 northeast West end of E 22 overlap
7 4.3 2 N515 west
Wormerland 11 6.8 3 Oosterdwarsweg
Purmerend 14 8.7 4 Laan der Continenten
15 9.3 5 N235 east / Zuiddijk
17 11 6 N244
Koggenland 29 18 7 N243 southwest / N247 south
Hoorn 32 20 8 Provincialeweg
34 21 9 N302 east (Westfrisiaweg)
Medemblik 36 22 1 N241 west (A.C. de Graafweg) / Tender
39 24 10a Tuinstraat / Broerdijk
43 27 11 N239 (Dijkweg)
Wieringermeer 50 31 12 N242 southwest (Alkmaarseweg)
55 34 13 N240 west and south / N248 south
Wieringen 64 40 14 N99 southwest (Rijksstraatweg)
IJsselmeer / Wadden Sea Afsluitdijk
Friesland Súdwest Fryslân 101 63 A31
101 63 15
105 65 16 Weersterweg
110 68 17 N359 / Oude Rijksweg
112 70 18 Kloosterlaan
115 71 19 Tsjaerddyk / Hottingawei
118 73 20 State As West end of N7 road designation
119 74 21 N354 south (Lemmerweg) / Lemmerweg
119 74 21a Akkenwinde / Selfhelpweg Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
120 75 22 N354 northeast / Oppenhuizerweg / Lorentzstraat / Burgemeester Rasterhofflaan East end of N7 road designation
Skarsterlân 133 83 23 Woudfennen
136 85 A6 southwest / Geert Knolweg
140 87 25 De Dolten / Nije Fjildwei
Heerenveen 142 88 26 Wetterwille / Weinmakker / Nije Fjildwei Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
144 89 A32
147 91 26a Zestienroeden / Pastoriesingel
Opsterland 152 94 27 N392 (Koaibosk)
158 98 28 Beetserweg
Smallingerland 161 100 29 Zuiderhogeweg
165 103 30 N381 south
165 103 30a N31 northwest
Opsterland 170 110 31 N358 northwest (De Scheiding) / De Scheiding
Groningen Marum 176 109 32 N980 north (Noorderweg) / Noorderweg / Noorderringweg / Parallelweg
180 110 33 N388 north (Boerakkerweg) / Boerakkerweg
Leek 184 114 34 N372 south (Oude Postweg) / N978 north (Oude Postweg) / Pasop / Blinkweg / Lage Traan / Kapteynlaan
Groningen 191 119 34a Westpoortboulevard / Matsloot
193 120 35 N372 south (Ruskenveen) / Zuiderweg / Roderwolderdijk
196 122 36 N370 north (Laan 1940-1945) / Jan Evert Scholtenlaan / Laan Corpus Den Hoorn / Paterswoldseweg / Muntinglaan West end of N7 road designation
196 122 36a N370 north Westbound entrance only
197 122 E 232 south (Julianaweg) / A28 / Emmaviaduct / Hoornsediep
198 123 37 Hereweg
198 123 37a Meeuwerderbaan / Europaweg / Winschoterdiep Westbound entrance and eastbound exit only
199 124 38 Europaweg / Bergenweg / Lübeckweg / Osloweg / Euvelgunnebrug / Gotenburgweg / Kieler Bocht / Skagerrak
204 127 N46 northwest (Beneluxweg)
205 127 39 Europaweg East end of N7 road designation
Hoogezand-Sappemeer 213 132 40 N386 southwest (Rengerslaan) / Rengerslaan / A.B. Nobellaan
215 134 41 N385 south (Kerkstraat) / N387 north (Provinciale Weg) / Rijksweg West / Rijksweg Oost / Knijpslaan
218 135 42 Noordbroeksterstraat / Rijksweg oost
Menterwolde 222 138 43 Kerkstraat / Europaweg / Burgemeester Omtaweg
224 139 44 N33
Oldambt 230 140 45 N362 north (Rijksweg) / Rijksweg
232 144 46 N964 south
240 150 47 N367 south (Oostereinde) / N966 northeast (Oostereinde) / N967 north
246 153 48 Ulsda / Ulsderweg / Heeresloot
251 156 49 Hamdijk
Netherlands / Germany
country line
Groningen / Lower Saxony
province line
Reiderland / Bunde
municipality line
E 22 / A 280 east Border with Germany; this road continues as the German A280; east end of E 22 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atsma, Joop (3 July 2012). "Toezegging naviduct Afsluitdijk" (PDF) (in Dutch). Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rijksweg 7 at Wikimedia Commons